Badges are international standards of achievement and proficiency. They
encourage pilots to continue to acquire experience after having gained their
pilot licence by, for instance, participating in longer distance flights,
increasing the total number of hours flown or competing in FAI competitions.
BMAA issues Colibri badges to UK pilots and one Council member is responsible for the Colibri programme. Contact us to find out more.
from FAI Section 10, available on the FAI website www.fai.org
FAI Colibri badges are standards of achievement that do not require to be
renewed. The qualifications are the same in every country.
NAC shall keep a register of badge flights that it has validated, and shall
inform FAI of the names of pilots gaining the gold badge. FAI shall maintain a
register of gold and diamond awards on its website.
a) 20 hours solo on Microlight or Paramotor
aircraft including at least 50 flights.
b) 3 precision landings within 10 m of the
centre of a given spot or 3 precision landings with engine on in the landing
deck, scoring at least 50 points during an official competition (A4 2.C1).
c) 1 precision landing within 20m of the
centre of a given spot from a height of 300m (1000ft) AGL with the throttle
fully closed or 1 precision landing in the landing deck with engine stopped,
scoring at least 50 points during an official competition.
d) Two cross country flights of distance dM
x 1 over a triangular course, one with an outlanding at a designated point
along the route, or achieving a positive score in 2 navigation tasks flown in
an official competition.
a) 100 hours on Microlight or Paramotor
aircraft including at least 200 flights.
b) 2 flights to approximately 300m (1000ft)
AGL, stop engine(s) complete a 360° turn and land within 5m of the centre of a
given spot, or 2 precision landings in the landing deck with engine stopped,
scoring at least 200 points during an official competition.
c) Four cross country flights of distance
dM x 2 with any landing or turn points pre-declared. The courses may be
straight, dog-leg (1 turn point), out and return, or triangular (2 turn points),
or achieving a positive score in 4 navigation tasks flown in an official
a) 300 hours on Microlight or Paramotor
b) Have competed in two National or FAI
recognised international Microlight or Paramotor competitions as
c) Complete a tour of at least the distance
dM x 14 to a pre-declared flight plan within 7 consecutive days. The route to
contain at least 3 control points which the aircraft is observed to overfly or
where a landing is made. Only the final landing of the tour may be made at the
initial departure point.
d) Hold one of the following:
• National Microlight or Paramotor instructor rating;
• National Microlight or Paramotor record (or have held such a
• National Microlight or Paramotor seaplane rating plus two 75 km
cross country flights on a seaplane;
• Have participated in an FAI first category event, as
A CIMA award, with inauguration 1st January
1990, for an outstanding Microlight or Paramotor flying achievement. The
following special conditions apply:
a) Applicants or nominees must be qualified
to at least silver badge standard.
b) In the case of two person crews, the
pilots should have equal or equivalent aviation experience, and both should be
flights for Colibri badges must be flown on Microlight or Paramotor aircraft
pilot must be alone in the aircraft on each flight, other than during
navigation tasks in an official competition and for the requirements for the
gold and diamond.
flight may count towards any badge or qualification for which it fulfils the
may be awarded only in the correct order: bronze, silver, gold. A diamond may
be awarded to silver badge holders.
126.96.36.199 A precision landing is a touchdown and staydown landing with no damage to
aircraft or pilot, or in an official competition the first touchdown with no
damage to aircraft or pilot. Distance is measured from the touchdown/staydown
point of the main wheels or, in the case of landings in a landing deck in an
official competition, the first touchdown.
count for badge each leg of a cross-country flight must be completed in not
more or less than 15% of the pilot's properly calculated flight time for that
are not required.
Sporting Licence is not required for badge flights.
a single course may be declared for any flight.
188.8.131.52 dM is the distance the aircraft
can fly in nil wind in one hour at the manufacturer’s published cruise speed.
Evidence of dM must be provided as part of the application for a Colibri award
184.108.40.206 Evidence during official
competitions shall be collected by FR records.
OF BADGE FLIGHTS
shall be confirmed by the official observer or the FR record.
number of flights and hours shall be by pilot declaration.
For information about official observers, see here.