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Air Spotter Activity Badge

These badge requirements were updated in January 2018. The previous badge requirements can still be used until 31 January 2019, to allow for transition where necessary.

The Aircraft Recognition List was updated in June 2018. The old list can still be used until 31 May 2019, to allow for transition where necessary.

How to earn your badge

  1. Learn to recognise 38 out of the 50 aircraft listed in The Scout Association’s Aircraft Recognition List.
  2. Complete one of these activities:
    • By yourself or with another Scout, take photographs or collect
      pictures of at least 10 different aircraft types. Name the different types and their uses.
    • Visit an airfield or airport viewing area, for at least an hour. Record the aircraft you spot, including any distinctive features and the aircraft’s approximate heading.
  3. Complete one of these activities:
    • Recognise and name the national aircraft markings, both service and civil, of at least six countries including the United Kingdom.
    • Learn the RAF and NATO system of letter designation according to aircraft function. Give examples of three designations.
    • Name three basic training aircraft used in private flying. Give a brief report on one, naming a club and airfield where it is used. Try to make it a local airfield, if possible.
  4. Describe the main features you would use to recognise six aircraft, which have been chosen by an appropriate adult.


Previous badge requirements

How to earn your badge

  1. Learn to recognise, by sight, 38 out of the 50 aircraft listed in The Scout Association’s Aircraft Recognition List.
  2. Complete one of these activities:
    • By yourself or with another Scout, take photographs or collect
      pictures of at least 10 different aircraft types. Name the different types and their uses.
    • Keep a log of aircraft you’ve spotted over at least four weeks. Note down dates and times, the aircraft you saw and distinctive features you can recognise them by. Also note the aircraft’s approximate heading.
  3. Complete one of these activities:
    • Recognise and name the national aircraft markings, both service and civil, of at least six countries including the United Kingdom.
    • Learn the RAF and NATO system of letter designation according to aircraft function. Give examples of three designations.
    • Name three basic training aircraft used in private flying. Give a brief report on one, naming a club and airfield where it is used. Try to make it a local airfield, if possible.
  4. Describe the main features you would use to recognise six aircraft, which have been chosen by an appropriate adult.


 

Flexibility

Each young person who participates in the Programme, including badges and awards, should face a similar degree of challenge, and requirements can be adapted according to each young person’s abilities.  For more information and practical tips see our guidance on flexibility

 

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