• Additional requirements for the LAPL (S)

    All the requirements in the LAPL common requirements page apply to the LAPL (S). You should familiarise yourself with the information there before you start.

    Privileges and conditions

    A LAPL(S) will allow you to act as pilot in command (PIC) in non-commercial operations on sailplanes or powered sailplanes. You will only be allowed to carry passengers once you have completed 10 hours of flight time or 30 launches as PIC after the licence was granted.

    A LAPL(S) can be extended to allow you act as PIC on a touring motor glider (TMG), if you comply with the requirements below and the extension is endorsed on your licence.

    A licence is not required for private flights in a non-EASA sailplane.

    Experience requirements and crediting

    If you don’t already hold a licence, you will need to complete 15 hours of flight instruction on sailplanes or powered sailplanes, including at least:

    1. 10 hours of dual flight instruction
    2. 2 hours of supervised solo flight time
    3. 45 launches and landings
    4. 1 solo cross-country flight of a least 50km (27NM) or 1 dual cross-country flight of at least 100 km (55NM)

    Up to 7 of the 15 hours of total flight instruction time can be completed on a TMG.

    Getting a LAPL (S) if you have an existing licence

    If you have a relevant current rating on another type of licence for sailplanes and you are applying for a LAPL (S) you will not have to do any additional training or skill tests.

    If your rating has lapsed you will need to complete the LAPL skill test.

    Launch methods

    Your privileges will be limited to the launch method used in your skill test, unless you have completed the following:

    • For winch and car launches, a minimum of 10 launches under dual flight instruction and 5 solo launches under supervision
    • For aero tow or self launches, a minimum of 5 launches under dual flight instruction and 5 solo launches under supervision. For self launches, the dual flight instruction may be done in a TMG
    • For bungee launches, a minimum of 3 launches performed under dual flight instruction or solo under supervision

    The additional training launches must be entered into the logbook and signed by the instructor.

    To keep your launch privileges current, you must complete 5 launches for each method during the last 24 months, except bungee launches, for which you must complete 2 launches.

    If you do not meet these requirements, in order to reinstate your launch privileges you must complete the launches as detailed above, flying dual or solo under the supervision of an instructor.

    Extension of privileges to TMG

    To extend a LAPL(S) to include a TMG, you will need to complete the following at an approved training organisation (ATO):

    1. 6 hours of flight instruction on a TMG, including
      • 4 hours of dual flight instruction
      • 1 solo cross country flight of at least 150km (80NM) during which 1 full-stop landing at an aerodrome different from the departure aerodrome is made
    2. A skill test to demonstrate adequate competence in a TMG, during which you will also need to demonstrate an adequate level of theoretical knowledge for the TMG in the following subjects:
      • Principles of flight
      • Operational procedures
      • Flight performance and planning
      • Aircraft general knowledge
      • Navigation

    Keeping your licence current, and what to do if you don’t meet the requirements

    The privileges of your licence will remain valid for sailplanes and powered sailplanes if you complete over the previous 24 months:

    1. 5 hours of flight time as PIC, including 15 launches
    2. 2 training flights with an instructor

    The privileges of your licence will remain valid for a TMG if you complete over the previous 24 months:

    1. 12 hours of flight time as PIC, including 12 take-offs and landings
    2. Refresher training of at least 1 hour with a flight instructor

    If you have the privilege to fly aeroplanes, the requirements in point 1 may also be completed on aeroplanes.

    If you do not meet these requirements you will need to:

    1. Complete a proficiency check on a sailplane or TMG, as appropriate, with an examiner before you exercise the privileges of the licence; or
    2. Complete the additional flight time or take-offs and landings to meet the requirements above, flying dual or solo, under the supervision of an instructor.

    Apply for a LAPL (S) using paper forms