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 < a
target="_blank">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 see the BGA
website for information on BGA glider conversions.
The fee will vary according to your circumstances. For example, whether you already hold a UK
licence, and whether that licence has already been converted to an EASA-FCL licence, or if your
application will be made at the same time as applying for something else.
The licences are valid for life, subject to recency and medical requirements being
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