How to apply
From April 2018 it will be mandatory to hold a Part FCL licence to fly EASA Sailplanes.
Although conversion requirements are detailed in CAP 804, holders of existing BGA Glider Certificate should contact the BGA directly regarding conversion to a Part FCL sailplane licence from either a LAPL(S) or SPL. This includes any associated ratings, such as sailplane towing ratings, that are being added to the LAPL(S) or SPL at the time of licence issues.
For information on adding a sailplane towing rating to an Aeroplane licence, such as a Part FCL PPL(A), please see our guidance on Sailplane towing ratings.
Some pilots may have held licences in other member states but are required by European Commission Regulation (EU) No. 1178/2011 as amended, to have all of their licences administered by the National Aviation Authority that holds their medical records (Part MED.A.030 and Part FCL.015) and require the UK CAA to issue a sailplane licence or add a sailplane towing rating to a licence.
In these cases you must ensure that you meet the conversion requirements for the state that originally issued the licence. Once thisis confirmed you should apply to us and arrange for the National Aviation Authority to contact us directly confirming that you meet the requirements of their conversion report, with details of what that State would issue and any remarks and privileges they would annotate the rating on the licence.
Please refer to the BGA website in respect of BGA Glider conversions.
To convert glider privileges issued by another member state you must hold a UK issued licence in another category and meet the requirements as detailed above. If you do not already hold any licence with the UK CAA, but have changed your competent state for your medical to the UK CAA making this the first licence you hold with us, please follow the change of state process, but completing form and meeting the requirements of SRG1136.
Please refer to the BGA website for fees in respect of BGA Glider conversions.
For conversions based on already holding a UK issued licence and wishing to transfer glider privileges from another state this to a LAPL (S) or an SPL the fee is
We endeavour to process applications in 10 working days from receipt. Incomplete applications are not subject to the 10 working day turnaround until all application requirements are met.
The licences are valid for life, subject to recency and medical requirements being maintained.
If you hold a BGA certificate and wish to have a UK licence, please contact the BGA directly.
In all other cases, please apply using application form SRG 1104.