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!
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
SFCL compliant pilot training
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).