Rules for the operation of sailplanes have been published in the Official Journal of the EU and will apply from 9 July 2019. The complementing AMC and GM will be published by EASA beginning of 2019.
This new regulation will replace the sailplane specific rules of Part-NCO and Part-CAT(S) of the Air OPS regulation and is the first step to the so called Sailplanes Rulebook. The second step is to replace the sailplane specific rules of the Air Crew regulation by a dedicated gliding regulation. The respective EASA opinion is scheduled for publication in February 2019 and will then further processed by the Commission for its adoption.
The BGA is actively involved alongside other EGU members in developing the Sailplane Rulebook, which aims to support gliding with simple and proportionate rules.