To avoid confusion over terms used by the WRMC for various certificates and titles,
this glossary of terms should help to clarify a number of points.
A bit of fun awarded to a trainee pilot who manages to complete a flight without any
support or assistance from anybody during the course of training. This certificate is just
something to say well done and is not a recognised qualification.
A certificate issued by the BMFA to recognise that the pilot is confident and competent
to fly alone when using the flying site with other people in the area. This certificate is
issued after the pilot has been tested by a club examiner and can demonstrate that his
flying is up to standard and he has knowledge of the safety and rules associated with
the BMFA handbook as well as club rules.
A certificate issued by the BMFA to recognise that the pilot has reached a higher
standard and is able to fly demonstration flights at public events and enter public
competitions. This certificate is issued after the pilot has demonstrated his ability in
front of 2 examiners and he has a greater knowledge of the safety and rules in the BMFA
handbook and the club rules.
A certificate issued by the BMFA to recognise that the pilot has exceptional skills when
flying aerobatic manoeuvres. He must demonstrate his skills through a gruelling
aerobatic routine in front of 2 examiners to gain this certificate.
A registered intructor must pass a test in front of an examiner to demonstrate that he
has the knowledge and ability to train future pilots. He is then awarded a certificate by
A club instructor is a pilot who can demonstrate to the club members that he can help
and assist a future pilot to learn the basic aspects of flying. This is recognised by the
BMFA and a certificate is issued.
A certificate issued by the BMFA to recognise that the member has the ability,
knowledge and the trust of the club members to be able to test the club members for
the 'A', 'B' and 'C' certificates. This certificate is issued after the pilot has demonstrated
his ability and knowledge in front of an area examiner.
Any pilot holding the minimum of an 'A' certificate who is confident and capable of
assisting a trainee pilot when there are no instructors available. Assistance is usually
given by buddy lead but may, in special circumstances be by single transmitter. The
assistant must stay with the trainee pilot until the end of the flight.
A club member holding at least an 'A' certificate and BMFA insurance, who has decided
to fly alone at either of our 2 sites when there are no other fliers available, as required
by WRMC rules. This is to be carried out in a safe manner at all times and at the pilot's
Any pilot holding at least an 'A' certificate and BMFA insurance who on a single visit has
been invited to fly on either of our sites. The person inviting the visitor will be
responsible for the behaviour and conduct of the visitor while on site.
Pay to Fly
Any pilot holding at least an 'A' certificate and BMFA insurance who lives outside the
catchment area of WRMC and will only use the sites infrequently. This would apply to
any pilot who is on holiday in the area who would like to use our sites. The pilot must
confirm the visit to a responsible club member before the visit and must be
accompanied by a resonsible club member at all times on site. There is no set fee but
donations to club funds will be accepted.
A flying member who has paid the annual subscription fee to the club, to gain access to
both flying sites, any events, activities and notifications of national events. Flying
members must be covered by BMFA insurance.