Laws & Rules

Gliding takes place under a mix of national and European regulation. National regulation results in the oversight of gliding being devolved to the BGA –  gliding in the UK has a long history of successful self-regulation. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is an EU agency charged with implementing a uniform aviation safety system across Europe. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is responsible for ensuring the standardised implementation of EASA regulation in the UK. 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.

‘Laws and Rules’ comprises of BGA requirements and guidance as well as EASA/CAA requirements. All members of BGA clubs, including those operating under EASA requirements, are subject to BGA requirements and guidance.

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.

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

EASA/CAA requirements