Requirements & Guidance News

CAA Flight Crew Licensing application updates

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As part of ongoing improvements to CAA licensing services, applicants with a CAA portal account will now receive automated updates when the status of their CAA Flight Crew Licensing application changes, providing visibility of their progress through the licensing process. Updates will be sent for all Flight Crew Licensing applications,…

Pilot licence rolling recency or revalidation guidance

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Sailplane pilot licensing is straightforward in that there is only one licence, the SPL, which is issued for life. The SPL remains valid through pilot recency, ie flying experience within a defined period. If for some reason a pilot takes a break from flying, recency is recovered through a gliding…

Applying for an FRTOL at the same time as applying to convert to an SPL

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A large number of glider pilots have recently carried out BGA Flight Radio Telephony Operator Licence (FRTOL) training and many others are currently carrying out the training. It is possible to apply to CAA for FRTOL privileges at the same time as applying via the BGA to convert to an…

Adding microlight privileges to an aeroplane licence

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Pilots who fly what are deemed to be microlight aircraft in the new sub-600kg category such as a factory built Eurofox aircraft in the UK require a pilot licence with microlight privileges. The ANO and related CAA CAPs are tricky to navigate. The following information re adding microlight privileges to…

Changes after EU/EASA exit

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Following EU and EASA exit in January 2021, the UK is a ‘third country’ that has retained EU regulations including aviation regulations which continue to apply as amended under UK law. Other changes include taxation and border controls. This webpage highlights changes relevant to gliding and is periodically updated as…

Flying non-UK registered sailplanes in the UK

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Following publication of a recent CAA notice regarding flying aircraft registered in an EASA state, the BGA sought clarity on some points of detail for UK licensed pilots flying non-UK registered sailplanes in the UK. It is the obligation of the State of Registration to determine who can fly an…

Decision to vary aircraft and aircraft (transportable) radio communications licences

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Following Ofcom’s consultation on making some changes to aircraft and aircraft (transportable) licences, Ofcom has published its decision. The key changes Ofcom has made are to update and align the structure and content in current licences with the style and standard terms and conditions applicable to other licence types; and…

COVID-19 update

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On 21st February, the Government published details on the ending of the remaining COVID-19 legal restrictions in the paper Living with COVID-19. It was confirmed that as of Thursday 24th February, there is no longer a legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive test result. Close contacts of a positive…

Flying outside the UK using a UK issued SPL

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The UK is a third country and ICAO signatory. As a result, pilots from the UK who fly in other ICAO signatory countries are required to comply with ICAO requirements. For sailplane pilots, the ICAO requirement is an SPL with a class 2 medical. The EU and the UK have…

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