Guidance for pilots on the conversion process
Please note that all supporting evidence and documents must be certified by the Head of Training or a UK Examiner whether it is scanned or sent to us by post, fax or email
Your application must include information regarding all of the types of balloons you have been flying and provide flying log evidence showing all of the types you have been flying.
Your application must show if you have exercised the privileges using an aeroplane or a TMG or both.
Please supply evidence that you are qualified to tow through a BGA gliding club and logbook evidence showing you have:
You must confirm on your application that you have received the theoretical knowledge specified in AMC No 1 to FCL.800, and send supporting evidence that you comply with one of the following:
Aerobatic ratings may also be granted to pilots who apply on the basis of experience of flying aerobatics alone if they:
Note 1: the instructor shall be an FI or AFI who holds aerobatic instructional privileges, or a CRI who complies with the requirements of FCL.905.CRI(a)(2)
Instructor Ratings – Where the instructor has previously been giving instruction at an ATO for CPL, MPL or FIC courses– Where the instructor has previously been giving instruction at an ATO for CPL, MPL or FIC courses
If you want to add instructor privileges for CPL or FIC or MPL , and have previously been giving instruction in these courses at an ATO, you will need to supply evidence that you have been conducting these courses at approved ATOs.
This should be in the format of the FIC Authorisation that has been issued or written confirmation on headed paper from the ATO (FTO) that you have been providing instruction in these the courses.
For the MPL course we also require confirmation of what elements of the course instruction has been provided for.
You will need to supply evidence that you have been giving flight instruction for these types of aircraft at approved ATO (FTO or TRTO). Written confirmation will need to be supplied from the ATO (FTO or TRTO) in addition to logbook evidence confirming the aircraft types on which the instruction has been given.
Instructor Ratings – Where the instructor been giving instruction towards providing instruction for the Sailplane towing rating.
There is a need to ensure that those pilots who have coached other pilots to tow sailplanes can continue under Part-FCL. As such an extension of any existing Flight Instructor (FI) or Class Rating Instructor Certificate (CRI) to include privileges to instruct for the Sailplane Towing Rating will be granted to pilots who:
The CRI will be issued with the following restriction, FCL.905.CRI(a)(2). Pilots issued with this certificate will not be able to exercise the full privileges of the CRI unless they extend the privileges.
To extend the CRI to the full privileges they will be required to complete the full CRI course, in accordance with FCL.930.CRI and pass an Assessment of Competence in accordance with FCL.935. They will be required to apply to the CAA for issue of the full CRI.
Instructor Certificates are issued for 3 years, unless the pilot holds an existing FI or CRI, the restricted CRI will be issued for 3 years from the date of conversion. Prior to the first revalidation or renewal of the restricted CRI, the requirements of paragraph 3.9 shall be met to allow the CRI to continue to instruct.