Transition of UK glider fleet to European regulations - joint CAA / Department for Transport notice

Date: 20 March 2007

From 29 March 2007 UK gliders will have to comply with European airworthiness regulations. The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Department for Transport (DfT) and British Gliding Association (BGA) have agreed a plan of action to transfer these aircraft into the new regulatory regime. However, there are a small number of gliders whose owners need to take further action to comply with the changes.

When the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) was established in 2003 its airworthiness regulations stated that gliders would need EASA Certificates of Airworthiness (CofA) by 29 March 2007 to continue to fly legally.

The CAA has put in place arrangements, or has established, that gliders that have:

· certificates of airworthiness issued by the CAA; or
· BGA Certificates of Airworthiness; or
· approvals to fly granted by the Air Cadet Organisation of the Ministry of Defence

can continue to fly during the transition to European rules, which will end in September 2008.

The CAA understands that there may be around 20 gliders operating in the UK that are not covered by these arrangements, but are subject to European regulations.

Unless the owners of these gliders either comply with the new regulations, or obtain a certificate of airworthiness from the BGA, they cannot legally fly their aircraft. The owners of any such aircraft should contact the CAA for advice as soon as possible.

The new EASA regulations do not apply to foot-launched aircraft such as hang gliders and paragliders.

Owners can contact the CAA at:

Applications and Approvals Department
Civil Aviation Authority
Aviation House
Gatwick Airport South
West Sussex RH6 0YR

e-mail: aanda@caa.co.uk
Tel: (01293) 768374
Fax: (01293) 573860

For further media information please contact Jonathan Nicholson (CAA) on 020 7453 6027 or David Stewart (DfT) on 020 7944 3387.