Supporting information needed for licence conversions

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 

Conversion of a Balloon Rating

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.


Sailplane Towing Rating

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:

  • at least 30 hours of flight time as PIC and 60 take-offs and landings in aeroplanes, if the activity is to be carried out in aeroplane, or in TMG, if the activity is to be carried out in TMGs, completed after the issue of the UK licence
    (if you are applying for the privileges in both aeroplanes and TMG’s you are required to show evidence in both)

    and
  • at least 10 flights as PIC towing a sailplane in an Aeroplane at a BGA Club. The Sailplane Towing Rating will be restricted to Aeroplanes only.
  • at least 10 flights as PIC towing a sailplane in a TMG at a BGA Club. The Sailplane Towing Rating will be restricted to TMG’s only.

 


 

Aerobatic Rating 

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: 

  • (a) Pilots who have completed the AOPA/BAeA aerobatic course must send evidence of satisfactory completion of
    the course (such as a course completion certificate);
  • (b) Pilots who hold or have held a UK Display Authorisation, which includes / included authorisation to perform aerobatics at a display must submit a copy of the Display Authorisation;
  • (c) Pilots who have completed aerobatic training with the United Kingdom military forces (other than the British
    Army) must send certificates or logbook evidence to show completion of either:
    • (i)) the UK RAF Elementary Flying Training course; or
    • (ii)) the UK RN Elementary Flying Training course; or
    • (iii)) a UK military Basic Fast Jet Flying Training course;
  • (d) Pilots who have flown aerobatic manoeuvres at a BAeA sanctioned event (including glider events) must send evidence (other than log book records) of having flown aerobatic manoeuvres at one of these events (such as evidence to show that you have flown or competed at the event);
  • (e) Pilots with FI or AFI ratings who have had the “no aerobatic restriction” removed following compliance with UK requirements to instruct aerobatics (no further evidence is required in this instance);
  • (f) Glider pilots who have completed any of the BGA’s
    aerobatic courses shall submit evidence of satisfactory completion of the course( such as a course completion certificate).

Aerobatic ratings may also be granted to pilots who apply on the basis of experience of flying aerobatics alone if they:

  • (a) provide certified log book evidence of at least 5 hours of aerobatic flying in aeroplanes or gliders that have
    airworthiness certification for at least the manoeuvres specified in FCL.800;

    and
  • (b) demonstrate to an instructor with the privilege to instruct in aerobatics (see Note 1below):
    • (i)) the aerobatic manoeuvres listed in AMC 1 to FCL 800; and
    • (ii)) evidence of having the theoretical knowledge specified in AMC 1 to FCL 800;
    • and provide with their application a statement from that instructor that they completed those manoeuvres competently and safely and have the requisite knowledge.

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.

 


Instructor Ratings – Where the instructor been giving instruction towards the grant or renewal of a Single Pilot High Performance (complex) type

 

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:

  • a) Are subject to a recommendation from their BGA club CFI indicating that pilot had taught other pilots to tow sailplanes,
  • b) Hold or have held a FI or CRI in the appropriate category to which the Towing Rating applies,
  • c) Hold a Sailplane Towing Rating.

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.