Pilot Training

Learning to fly

Glider pilots learn to fly at their club in dual control gliders with qualified instructors and following a training syllabus (see below). The course can be intensive or spread over many weeks and months as suits individual needs.

Can I learn to fly with a disability?

Yes. There are some disabilities that might prove difficult, but each case can be discussed with the club and the instructor involved. Learn more here.

Qualifying as a pilot

Every aspiring pilot’s first solo is a great moment, and on completion of Bronze and Cross-Country endorsements you can rightly call yourself a qualified glider pilot!

The BGA Gliding Syllabus is available here.

Learn more about the Bronze and Cross-Country Endorsements here.

Flight Telephony Radio Operators Licence (FRTOL)

For information about and how to obtain an FRTOL, please refer to our pilot radio licence webpage.

Instructing and instructor training

Please refer to our instructors webpage.


Please refer to our examiners webpage.

SFCL compliant pilot training

Please refer to our SFCL compliant pilot training webpage.

NPPL SLMG training

The NPPL SLMG is a national licence with privileges to fly SLMG aircraft. The training may take place at a BGA club site that is suitable. Microlight and Simple Single Engine Aeroplane privileges may be added via differences training. SLMG instruction may be provided by an instructor with FI(SLMG) privileges. SSEA differences training may be carried out by an FI(A) or CRI(A).

The NPPL syllabus is here.

The requirements including cross crediting are available here.

Resources and links

Resources and links including youtube videos can be found here.