So…my understanding, having spoken to WAvnO and RAvnO is that any cadet who wants to claim the new blue badge from the 1st Jan 2022, must have completed Flying Operations, done the sim sortie on sqn and had a flight at VGS or AEF.
So the current situation (Flying Ops withdrawn and back to Airmanship for first class) is fine for cadets on a purely classification level. But, should a flying opportunity come up in the future, they will still need to cover the Flying Ops syllabus before attending the VGS or AEF, (assuming it has been re-instated by then!).
It is more of a problem for those cadets who have already done a flight at an AEF but couldn’t be awarded wings because the groundschool and PTT slots were so few and far between, they stood no chance of getting one.
With this latest change to the flying/gliding syllabus, cadets who have previously flown, (no matter how long ago), can be awarded a blue badge as soon as they have completed the Flying Ops lesson and done the 10 sortie on a squadron flight sim.