SFCL compliant pilot training
Gliding training in the UK continues under BGA requirements until December 2023, when Sailplane Flight Crew Licensing (SFCL) rules and associated Declared Training Organisation (DTO) rules will apply.
Training for the following Sailplane Flight Crew Licensing (SFCL) privileges and ratings must take place within a Declared Training Organisation (DTO).
- Theoretical knowledge training for the SPL
- Flight instruction for the SPL
- Training for additional launch methods
- Training for aerobatics, sailplane towing and sailplane cloud flying
- Training for the TMG extension or TMG night rating
- Training towards the sailplane flight instructor (FI(S) rating
- FI(S) refresher
- Examiner refresher
The BGA supports SPL holders including who need to add privileges to their licence by retaining a DTO.
During the conversion period, the two in 24 month recency training flights with an instructor may take place with a BGA assistant or full rated instructor who should sign the pilots logbook as completing the flights. (AMC SFCL.160(a)(1)(ii) refers.
EASA regulates all recreational flight training in Part 21 aircraft. The minimum level of oversight is provided through a Declared Training Organisation (DTO).
The BGA has declared itself as a DTO. Any BGA club that chooses to deliver SFCL training using BGA course programmes is to apply to operate within the BGA DTO.
The BGA has developed and had approved the following training programmes for use by BGA clubs that have been approved to operate within the BGA DTO. These course programmes may only be used or reproduced or copied with the written permission of the BGA Ltd.
- Sailplane towing rating course (aeroplanes and TMG) – please note that the ANO permits the use of non-EASA aircraft for sailplane towing rating training.
- TMG extension course – for SPL – this course is only applicable to SPL holders (note, a LAPL(S) holder is deemed to hold an SPL)
- Flight Instructor (Sailplanes) TMG course – only applicable to SPL holders with TMG and FI(S) privileges.
- Flight Instructor (Sailplanes) refresher seminars may only be delivered centrally. Dates are available here.
- Examiner (Sailplanes) refresher seminars may only be delivered centrally. Dates are available here.
Further training course programmes will be added when required.
Additional documents and forms
SFCL.360 9-year demonstration of ability to instruct report form (for use by the FIC) – read more here.
Launch type training guidance
Any pilot who holds an SPL can add additional launch privileges following the required level of training by a suitably qualified instructor. ‘Suitably qualified’ means that the instructor holds an SPL with the launch type privilege, and holds an FI(S) certificate with privileges in accordance with SFCL.315(a)(3).
‘SFCL.155 SPL Launching methods’ describes the experience, instruction, and logbook certification requirement.
Note. SFCL permits a sailplane to be flown by an SPL holder using winch or aerotow or bungee or self-launch, providing that the pilot holds the appropriate launch type privileges and recency. This means that a pilot new to self-launching may fly a self-launching sailplane using aerotow or winch, which can be a helpful way of becoming familiar with handling characteristics prior to the first self-launch on type.