Laws & Rules

This ‘Laws and Rules’ webpage details BGA Operational Regulations, associated requirements and guidance, and the law. The information is provided to assist BGA member clubs and their members.

Gliding takes place under a mix of national, retained-EU and self regulation.

The BGA is the national governing body of sport gliding.  The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is the UK aviation safety regulator.

BGA Operational Regulations

BGA Operational Regulations

BGA Requirements and Guidance

The following BGA requirements and guidance support compliance with BGA operational regulations and the law, and describe established good practice.

Airworthiness

Competitions

Gliding certificate and endorsements

Instructors

Managing flying risk – every glider pilot needs this information

Medical

Membership

Radio

Sporting badges and diplomas

Trailers

UK Aviation Law

Air Navigation Order

Great care is needed as Government and CAA are introducing changes to law that can occur without consultation or informing those who are regulated.

Updates appear on this CAA ‘UK Regulations’ webpage. BGA will advise of relevant changes as soon as we become aware of them.

Applicability of UK retained EU regulation

The following table provides guidance on applicability of UK retained EU regulation (click on image to enlarge):

Declared Training Organisation (DTO). Retained EU regulation. Applicable to SFCL training. Note for AMC and GM refer EASA easy access DTO rules

Part M Light (PML). Retained EU regulation. Applicable to all Part 21 aircraft. Note for AMC and GM refer EASA easy access Part ML rules.

Sailplane Air Operations (SAO). Retained EU regulation. Applicable to all Part 21 sailplanes and powered sailplanes including TMGS. Note for AMC and GM refer to the EASA easy access sailplane rulebook

Sailplane Flight Crew Licensing (SFCL). Retained EU regulation. Applicable to pilots of Part 21 sailplanes who choose to utilise SPL privileges. Note for AMC and GM refer to the EASA easy access sailplane rulebook

Guidance for SPL holders (a BGA publication)

Standardised European Rules of the Air (SERA). Retained EU regulation.

Other

Information on changes following the UK leaving the EU