Sailplane Pilot Licence

The Sailplane Pilot Licence (SPL) is an ICAO compliant licence (ICAO compliance depends on the type of medical held by the pilot) that can be obtained from the BGA by converting from BGA qualifications.

Pilots of Part-21 sailplanes are currently exempt from the requirement to hold an SPL to fly Part-21 sailplanes until the 30th September 2025. Meanwhile, BGA and national pilot certification/licensing rules continue to apply to pilots of Part-21 and non-Part 21 sailplanes.

You can read more here about converting to an SPL.