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.

EASA FCL FI(S) revalidation guidance including completion of the CAA Form 1135 is available here


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.

Instructor Requirements

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’.

Instructor Resources

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

The Full Rating Assessment is detailed here.

Instructor Courses and Seminars

Please refer to the Courses and Seminars webpage.

Instructor Forms

Instructor forms are available here.

Instructor Publications

Instructor publications are available here.

Field Landing

Field landing guidance is available here.

 BGA Instructor / Examiner Contacts

BGA instructor committee and examiner contacts are on the examiner webpage.