What is a Motor Glider?

Gliders – otherwise known as sailplanes – have a variety of methods of getting airborne. One of these methods is self-launch using a suitable engine.

EASA describes motor gliders under two definitions, both of which are sailplanes;

  • Self-launching sailplane (for example a DG400)
  • Touring Motor Glider (for example a G109B)

The UK ANO captures both self-launching sailplanes and TMGs under a different, national definition, i.e. Self Launching Motor Glider, referred to commonly as ‘SLMG’.

Pilot Training and Licensing

Details of pilot training and licensing guidance is available here.


Airworthiness and Maintenance guidance is available here.


BGA Motor Glider Handbook

Conduct of Field Landing Training – operating guidance for instructors

Field Landing information