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 operational regulations, requirements and guidance and signposts to EASA/CAA regulations and requirements.
BGA Requirements and Guidance
‘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. The detail is regularly reviewed and updates are promulgated through BGA news. All members of BGA clubs are subject to BGA requirements and guidance.
The ‘Operational Regulations’ are the BGA’s high level regulations. The titles listed below the ‘Operational Regulations’ provide the detail necessary to ensure that BGA and other regulations are complied with. A consolidated document including all the information is also available below.
- Operational Regulations
- Recommended Practices
- Accident reporting
- ANO and Rules of the Air
- Cross country and airspace
- Gliding aerobatics badge
- Gliding badges and diplomas
- Gliding certificate and endorsements
- Guidance for SPL and LAPL(S) holders
- Managing flying risk
- Medical requirements
- Passenger carrying
- Safety Management System
- Thermal soaring
A consolidated version of the BGA requirements and guidance 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. EASA licensing and medical certificate requirements are not mandatory for air sport in the UK and other countries which have ‘opted-out’ until April 2018.
The following links provide relevant context and detail.
- Air Navigation Order
- Airworthiness and maintenance
- Medical certificates
- Pilot licencing
- Pilot licence conversion
- Rules of the Air
A list of the parts of the ANO and Rules of the Air most likely to be relevant to glider pilots is available here.