Laws & Rules

All pilots are expected to stay aware of regulatory developments. Although it is each pilot’s responsibility to be aware of the relevant law, the BGA will endeavour to inform clubs and glider pilots of changes as they occur. The BGA reports changes through this website’s news items.


The BGA Articles of Association describe how all members (including those operating under EASA requirements), are subject to the BGA’s regulations and requirements. The BGA operational regulations and associated requirements – formerly described as ‘BGA Laws and Rules’ – are published as BGA Requirements and Guidance. The detail is regularly reviewed and updates are promulgated through BGA news.

Rules of the Air and other EASA and CAA legally required detail is supplied under ‘EASA/CAA’.

BGA Requirements and Guidance


UK national aviation regulation has resulted in gliding remaining fundamentally self-regulated for many decades. The emergence of European legal requirements means that gliding is increasingly regulated by European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) requirements.

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is the competent authority responsible for UK national aviation regulation and the standardised implementation of EASA regulation.

The CAA delegates certain activities to BGA under both EASA and UK regulatory requirements. As such the BGA maintains appropriate approvals, and has in place requirements and guidance of its own.

EASA/CAA requirements