Instructors are a very important part of any gliding club. Instructing can be highly rewarding, great fun, and is great way of putting something back into gliding.
Important note for instructors and CFIs!
Instructor Revalidations During the Transition to EASA Part-FCL ie until April 2018
During the transition to compliance with Part-FCL on 8th April 2018, the UK has decided to continue using national systems, eg NPPL and BGA. This provides time to address numerous issues primarily relating to EASA’s onerous training organisation requirements, and for individuals to make any necessary arrangements for licence conversion.
As such, during the period of transition the BGA will continue to use the BGA instructor rating requirements including revalidation as described in Laws and Rules under ‘Instructor Requirements’.
Maintaining a BGA instructor rating
Any BGA instructor that meets the requirements must be annually revalidated by their CFI using the online e-tool.
Any instructor that holds a valid EASA FCL FI(S) certificate is deemed to have met the BGA requirements. Therefore without completing any further requirement, any BGA instructor that holds a valid EASA FCL FI(S) certificate can be annually revalidated as a BGA instructor by their CFI using the online e-tool.
The BGA sends out helpful emails warning instructors and CFI’s that their BGA instructor rating is due for revalidation.
Maintaining an EASA FCL FI(S) certificate
Any EASA FCL FI(S) holder can revalidate their FI(S) certificate within the 3 year due date by meeting two out of the three requirements (ie experience, EASA refresher seminar, test by an EASA FCL FIE(S)). Or they can choose to let their EASA FCL FI (S) certificate lapse and renew it in the future by test.
The BGA sends out helpful emails to EASA FCL FI(S) certificate holders in the third year of validity of their certificate providing advice about revalidation.
Please note that CFIs can choose to add to any of the BGA requirements where they believe that is necessary to maintain the high standard of instructing at their club.
The requirements for all BGA instructors are detailed in the BGA publication ‘Instructor requirements’. This document includes all instructor rating initial issue, revalidation and renewal requirements and guidance.
Please note that pilot requirements including BGA Introductory Flight Pilot (IFP) requirements (for use by EASA licence holders) are detailed within the BGA publication ‘Gliding Certificate and endorsements’.
BGA instructor manual and other important and helpful resources are available here.
Instructor Development – the BGA Full Rating
After a period of time as an Assistant Instructor, successfully completing a Full Instructor rating assessment permits the instructor to train and test pilots for the Bronze and Cross Country endorsements. The Full Rating is also a gateway for instructors to;
- Teach field landing techniques and gliding Navigation in a motor-glider
- Test Field landing and Navigation in a Motor-Glider
- Coach new instructors
- Become a club CFI
- Regional examining and BI / IFP coaching roles
Instructor Courses and Seminars
Please refer to the Courses and Seminars webpage.
BGA Instructor / Examiner Contacts
BGA instructor committee and examiner contacts are on the examiner webpage.