If you have a BGA Gliding Certificate with sailplane towing privilege you can convert this
rating to a Part FCL licence.
If you hold an existing UK issued Flight Crew licence which has not already been converted to a
Part-FCL licence, then the conversion process will take place when you apply for the sailplane
Please check our information on licence conversions for details of
the application form and supporting information that we require. Ratings will be granted for
aeroplanes, TMGs or both according to the information that you provide. When applying please
confirm whether you are applying to tow gliders in an aeroplane, TMG or both.
The UK CAA have deferred the requirement to hold this rating until 8 April 2018.
The sailplane towing standards in the UK, established by the BGA, are competency based. These
are considered equivalent to those of Part-FCL, particularly in respect of the flying experience
and theoretical knowledge requirements.
See the Comparison Tables in Section 4 of CAP 804 for details.
A Part-FCL Sailplane Towing Rating will be granted to pilots who:
Once the Sailplane Towing rating has been endorsed on to a Part-FCL licence you cannot begin
towing until you meet the requirements shown in FCL 805(e), Section 4. If you don't meet these
requirements, you must first complete the missing tows with an instructor.
Up until 8 April 2018, the supervising instructor can be the nominated Chief Tug Pilot at the
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 sailplane towing rating does not have a validity period.
Once all of the requirements above have been met, the application should be submitted by post or
in person to the address below.
Civil Aviation Authority
Gatwick Airport South
West Sussex RH6 0YR
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