Laws & Rules

The BGA is the national governing body of sport gliding. Gliding takes place under a mix of national, European and self regulation.  The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is the EU aviation regulator. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is the UK aviation safety regulator. The BGA operates in partnership with the CAA.

‘Laws and Rules’ details BGA requirements and guidance and signposts to EASA & CAA regulations.


BGA requirements and guidance have been developed in consultation with member clubs over many decades  with the aim of  meeting the practical needs of gliding clubs and their members. Objectives include clarity, effective risk management, and supporting compliance with applicable EASA and CAA regulation including ‘Rules of the Air’. The detail is regularly reviewed and updates are promulgated through BGA news. All members of BGA clubs are subject to BGA requirements and guidance.

A consolidated version of the BGA requirements and guidance documents listed above can be downloaded here.


The Air Navigation Order is an important UK legal document that all pilots need to be aware of. The EASA regulations that currently apply in full to gliding are those relating to airworthiness and maintenance.

The following links provide relevant context and detail.

Trailer Guidance

The BGA publication Trailer Guidance  aims to advice owners of the relevant Road Traffic regulations.