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VinceG
21-09-12, 21:53 PM
With so many new pilots this year we need a pilot award, I was thinking about some epilettes, any designers out there have any ideas?

Best one gets a good egg award and their award used.

Valkyrie
23-09-12, 18:33 PM
I'm no designer, but off the top of my head how about-

Dick Dastardly
A Vulcan bomber (awesome)
a rubber chicken
a montgolfier award (sounds classy)
a "smoke me a kipper" red dwarf thingy
a flying jacket with "Maverick" or "Iceman" on the back :>)
A Spitfire (too predictable)
A Douglas Bader wooden leg award (I know I know, I'm going to hell)
A postage S.T.A.M.P. with the words "clear prop" under the queens head

just the ramblings of an overactive imagination....

Valkyrie

VinceG
23-09-12, 20:58 PM
It needs to be an image that we can save small enough to fit in with the other awards but for "captain".

We do have a lot of pilots on here so there'll be lots getting the award when someone comes up with something.

What about one of these?

7716
7717

Anyone else?

Gentreau
23-09-12, 21:11 PM
I reckon a simple epaulette would be right. Set it vertical and it fits too.

dbrunton
23-09-12, 21:33 PM
The captains epilettes fit they would go nicely as an award :)

Rick Moss
23-09-12, 21:41 PM
Don't be giving me epaulettes!

You know those guys you see swaggering into the control tower/portacabin wearing a white shirt with epaulettes and mirrored Ray-Bans having just got out of their 20th share in a rusty white and orange 1972 PA28? I don't want to be one of them.

By all means, give badges for hours logged; 50/100/250/500/1000/5000/10000 would be my suggested brackets, but epaulettes?please no!

Russ_H
23-09-12, 21:42 PM
Wot he said

Sean McDonald
23-09-12, 22:22 PM
This is fine for me 7718

Pete Clarke
24-09-12, 10:40 AM
I can't upload a drawing, and I'm a lousy artist anyway, but I wondered if a small bird with chevrons for wings would do.

dave nixon
24-09-12, 10:44 AM
Maybe something like this depicting wing of type qualified ,using correct colours these were all i had.7721

dbrunton
24-09-12, 11:51 AM
or how about some pilot wings sometime like this http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/f6/Air_Force_Pilot_Wings.jpg

I am not a very good artist so just looked on the web for one

johnsonian
24-09-12, 13:03 PM
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Flexwing Pilot Three Axis Pilot

To follow on from the wings theme how about these.

Ian.

dave nixon
24-09-12, 13:09 PM
Very good Ian best yet.

johnsonian
24-09-12, 13:20 PM
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Forgot the Power Parachute Pilots.

Ian

Carl Bayliss
24-09-12, 14:04 PM
what about those of us that fly both? ;-) I'm with Rick on this one...

Sam
24-09-12, 14:05 PM
Very good, are they small enough to fit Vinces criteria ??

Sam
24-09-12, 14:07 PM
what about those of us that fly both? ;-) I'm with Rick on this one...

Yeah both turned into a couple of pansies !! ;-)

Carl Bayliss
24-09-12, 14:21 PM
I have done 8.5 hours flex and 1 hour three axis last weekend... it is obvious where I stand!

johnsonian
24-09-12, 14:22 PM
Carl - I guess you get one of each.

Sam - Don't know I will let Vince sort that one out if he wants to use them.

I have to say that the wings were the ones linked by Db below, I just took them and modified them to fit Microlight ratings so I can't take all the praise.

Ian.

Gentreau
24-09-12, 14:50 PM
Why not use the same style as the solo award, just replace the S with a P

Rick Moss
24-09-12, 15:03 PM
Hours; it's the only way.

Surely the purpose of this is to establish the level of experience of the poster in order to gauge the potential value of an answer. For instance, seeing Paul Deehurst post with I would expect in excess of 10000 hours, I would take a technical answer as gospel.

You can badge me up with wings and epaulettes for fixed, flex, group A and seaplane/amphib. Still doesn't mean I know anything!

Sam
24-09-12, 15:09 PM
I have done 8.5 hours flex and 1 hour three axis last weekend... it is obvious where I stand!

Was that in a limp wristed yoga class ;-)

dave nixon
24-09-12, 15:40 PM
Your'e all sounding like glider pilots ,hours will constantly change i think what you are eligable to fly at this time would be good ,agree i would take any of pauls advice ,keep it simple,wings and type.

Sam
24-09-12, 15:59 PM
I like the idea of the hour level thing. Think Id give up once I hit the thousand hour bracket though !!

Carl Bayliss
24-09-12, 16:01 PM
cheeky southern git...

Sam
24-09-12, 16:43 PM
cheeky southern git...

That would be me then :-)

VinceG
24-09-12, 18:34 PM
I do like those jonsonian


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Gentreau
24-09-12, 19:49 PM
I have done 8.5 hours flex and 1 hour three axis last weekend... it is obvious where I stand!

<pedant>Actually you were sitting, weren't you?</pedant>

VinceG
24-09-12, 19:55 PM
I do like those jonsonian
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That was looking on the phone earlier. Now I've looked on the computer they couldn't work because they are simply too big. They would take over the signature line.

Jiggles
24-09-12, 20:04 PM
What's with all these awards anyway?

John

MadamBreakneck
24-09-12, 22:31 PM
Anybody on here got a Colibri (http://www.bmaa.org/pwpcontrol.php?pwpID=2438)?

Gentreau
24-09-12, 22:48 PM
Anybody on here got a Colibri (http://www.bmaa.org/pwpcontrol.php?pwpID=2438)?

Ooh, those look interesting !

Here if France the federation does have "helice" awards, bronze for 500km in a day, silver for 1000km in a day, gold for 2500km in 2 days.
I will find out who administers the Calibris for France.

Bob T
24-09-12, 23:14 PM
I had a Colibri once, long time ago, well before I flew Canada. Must have been a Bronze, but not sure. Think everyone gets a Bronze.

Jiggles
25-09-12, 00:13 AM
Colibri looked interesting Joan until you find that any qualified microlight pilot is entitled to a bronze but you have to be a qualified instuctor or commercial airline pilot to get gold!

John

Gentreau
25-09-12, 06:35 AM
I imagine that the intention is for gold to be difficult to get, but it's not THAT difficult John.
You can also qualify by being seaplane rated and doing two cross countries of 75km or more in a seaplane.
Alternatively by entering an FAI first category event as PIC.

The bronze is also not automatic as it requires the precision landings, which means they need to be performed with witnesses and verified.

Sounds interesting to me at least.

P.S. its the Aeroclub de France who administer the Colibris here.

dave nixon
25-09-12, 08:51 AM
Ive have Colibri got it about 30 years ago,[best lighter ever had still going strong],so going to Abberville will get a high standard,Mmm.

paultheparaglider
25-09-12, 10:50 AM
What's with all these awards anyway?

John

That says it for me, John. Flying itself is reward enough.

MadamBreakneck
25-09-12, 11:14 AM
Yeah, they used to say that a UK PPL(M) exceeded the requirements for the Bronze Colibri so all you had to do was apply and you got one. later on, the Colibri requirements got made a bit stricter (actually, I believe it was fast touring microlights making the original cross-country element trivial) and UK PPL or NPPL were no longer sufficient. Also nowadays your Colibri flights have to be declared as such in advance and observed by an official observer. I believe yerav'rage flying instructor can become an official observe just by filling in a form.

I think most UK pilots' problem with the Colibri is that they only offer bragging rights, no tangible benefit unlike the gliding badges (http://www.gliding.co.uk/learningtoglide/thebadgesystem.htm)which offer access to more adventurous flying.

Joan

Gentreau
25-09-12, 12:12 PM
I've now been informed that it's the French federation (FFPLUM) that administers them here, so I'm waiting for a reply from them with details.
The main question is the definition of an official observer.

dbrunton
26-09-12, 14:13 PM
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Flexwing Pilot Three Axis Pilot

To follow on from the wings theme how about these.

Ian.

Just a take on ones already designed how about this for flex
7727

dave nixon
26-09-12, 14:31 PM
Those wings remind me of Flash Gordon ,very appropriate me thinks.

AndyJ
26-09-12, 16:01 PM
Just a take on ones already designed how about this for flex
7727

And the three axis, a joystick gripped in front? I like these, great ideas

VinceG
26-09-12, 22:49 PM
Too big to put in the awards, especially for someone like Brian, who has stacks of them.
7728

Although, I don't know, I'm coming round to them ;-)

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johnsonian
27-09-12, 10:56 AM
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How about this then with a similar one for 3 axis

Ian

johnsonian
01-11-12, 11:07 AM
Vince,

You going to do anything with this award?

Ian.

MadamBreakneck
01-11-12, 11:49 AM
Hours; it's the only way.

Surely the purpose of this is to establish the level of experience of the poster...

Just come back to ths thread.

Someone once suggested that hours is no guide because someone may have spent a relative few hours learning and refining whereas someone else may have spent many hours and years just flying straight and level from A to B and back again.

There was an interesting safety barometer published in Sailplane and Gliding a long time back that suggested currency involving last 12 months hours and number of launches as a basis (I appreciate this isn't the same as total experience). I adapted it for microlights a few years back and put it [here] (http://www.bumble-bee.demon.co.uk/SaxonMicro_idx.htm#tech) as 'currency calculator'.

Joan
40+ years since 1st solo; 1000+ hours; 3000+ landings... just a beginner :redface:

VinceG
01-11-12, 13:54 PM
7730
How about this then with a similar one for 3 axis

Ian

Brilliant Ian. I'll work on that tonight and make it "the award" I will start a new thread for pilots to request it. Obviously I'll take it on trust that you are a pilot when donating the award.

johnsonian
02-11-12, 10:49 AM
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Vince, here's the 3 axis award,

Ian.

maya
09-11-12, 10:31 AM
Thanks Vince for the awards ! :razz: