The British Gliding Association (BGA) has a series of badges which are internationally recognised records of achievement, most of which are for Cross Country flying and Aerobatics
The aerobatics badge scheme takes you through all the stages of becoming a fully fledged aerobatic pilot, as you progress through the badges, you are taught each manouver, you practise it and when you are ready, you can fly them yourself and take the badge test.
The Standard Badge shows you are capable of flying a basic set of figures solo whilst staying safe, these figures are:
The Sports Badge shows you have achieved a high level of profficiency in basic positive G maneuvers. The additional figures are:
The Intermediate Badge shows you have achieved a high level of profficiency in advanced figures including rolling and negative G maneuvers. The additional figures are:
The Unlimited Badge shows you have achieved a high level of profficiency in all advanced figures including flicks and tail slides. To get this badge you can be asked to fly any of the hundreds of maneuvers in the CIVA aerobatics catalogue, and whilst nowhere near complete, these additional maneuvers include:
This is the first rung on the instructional ladder, and allows you to sit in the back and take people up for their first flights. BI's typically do trial flights and the first few flights of your flying career. To become a BI you must have reached a high standard in your personal flying, and be recommended for the course by your Chief Flying Instructor. The course then puts you through your paces, and teaches you how to deal with ab-initio pupils, and some stock exercises and patter for when in the air.
The basic requirements to become a BI are:
After being a BI for some time (typically a year) you can take a week long course to move along to the next level. At this stage much more advanced flying is taught. As-Cats can teach more or less anything from launching to landing, and allow the pupil control for any part of the flight.
The next one up from As-Cat, and final instructor rating. With this you can teach whatever you please, and are entitled to act as duty instructor responsible for the whole airfield. Full Cats are very useful for advanced check flights and training, such as instructor training.