Laws & Rules

The BGA is the national governing body of sport gliding. Gliding takes place under a mix of national, retained-EU and self regulation.  The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is the UK aviation safety regulator.

‘Laws and Rules’ details applicable law as well as self-regulation through BGA Operational Regulations and associated requirements.

Please note that ‘EASA aircraft’ are now known as ‘Part 21 aircraft’, and ‘non-EASA aircraft’ are now known as ‘non-Part 21 aircraft’. BGA documents are being updated on a rolling basis.

BGA Requirements and Guidance

BGA Operational Regulations



Gliding certificate and endorsements


Managing flying risk – every glider pilot needs this information




Rules of the Air

Sporting badges and diplomas


UK Law

Air Navigation Order

Declared Training Organisation (DTO) – only required where SFCL training is being carried out

Retained UK regulation 2018/1976 – this is the UK retained version of the EU SFCL and SAO regulations.

Guidance for SPL holders


Information on changes following the UK leaving the EU