Passenger Carrying

Managing Risk..

It is likely that over 30% of a pilot’s capacity is absorbed simply by the presence of a passenger. Additional care and vigilance is needed when flying with a passenger.

So the BGA has requirements designed to mitigate risk. BGA Operational Regulations, which must be complied with by all BGA clubs and their members, are clear and are summarised here as subject to the CFI’s approval, a passenger may be flown by a suitably experienced and qualified pilot who is paying for the flight. A passenger who is paying for the flight should be flown by the holder of a BGA Basic Instructor rating or BGA Introductory Flight Pilot endorsement.

The BGA publication Managing Flying Risk is essential reading for all those involved with delivering introductory flying.

BGA Basic Instructor

The BGA Basic Instructor (BI) Rating permits appropriately trained pilots to teach specific upper air exercises and is a superb introduction to instructing. BI experience significantly eases progress towards a BGA Instructor Rating. Full details are in the BGA Instructor Requirements.

The BI training course is described in the BI Training Programme.  Courses are arranged on a regional basis. CFI’s should contact the regional team led by the Senior Regional Examiner (SRE). See ‘Instructors’ for contact details.

BGA Introductory Flight Pilot (IFP) Endorsement

The BGA Introductory Flight Pilot endorsement is designed to enable sailplane pilots and motor glider pilots to carry out introductory flights on behalf of clubs and in doing so mitigate the inherent risks and liabilities. Details including requirements and privileges of the IFP endorsement are described in the BGA publication Gliding Certificate and Endorsements’.

The IFP training course is described in the BGA publication IFP – Course Booklet and Record of Training.  Courses are arranged on a regional basis. CFI’s should contact the regional team led by the Senior Regional Examiner (SRE). See ‘Instructors’ for contact details.

Some Q&A

Q – I hold a valid licence for the glider/motor glider to be used for for carrying a passenger who is paying for the flight. Do I also need to hold a BGA Introductory Flight Pilot endorsement?
A – Yes. Unless you hold a valid instructor rating – in which case, see next question.

Q – I hold a valid instructor rating for the glider/motor glider to be used for carrying a passenger who is paying for the flight. Do I also need to hold a BGA Introductory Flight Pilot endorsement?
A – No.

Q – I don’t hold a BGA Bronze plus Cross Country endorsement or a valid licence for the glider to be used for for carrying a passenger who is paying for the flight and I’m not a BGA instructor. Can I carry a passenger who pays for the flight?
A – No. You need to become a BGA BI or Assistant Instructor. Or hold a BGA Bronze plus Cross Country endorsement or a licence and obtain a BGA Introductory Flight Pilot endorsement

Q – I hold a valid gliding instructor rating and a valid licence for the motor glider to be used for carrying a passenger who is paying for the flight BUT I don’t hold an associated SLMG/TMG instructor rating. Do I also need to hold an Introductory Flight Pilot (IFP) endorsement?
A – No. As you hold a valid gliding instructor rating, you are deemed to satisfy the BGA IFP endorsement requirements (providing you have read and understood the IFP privileges). It is anticipated that your CFI will check that you have the capacity to safely fly the motor glider with a passenger who is paying for the flight (and sign in your logbook ‘comments’ as having done so).

Q – Where do I find details of the BGA Introductory Flight Pilot endorsement requirements?
A – In the BGA’s Requirements and Guidance publication ‘Gliding Certificate and Endorsements

Q – Where do I find details of the BGA Introductory Flight Pilot course which is delivered at club level?
A – In the BGA publication ‘Introductory Flight Pilot – Course Booklet and Record of Training

Q – How do I arrange a BGA Introductory Flight Pilot course?
A – Talk to your CFI who will liaise with the Senior Regional Examiner and his team.

Q – Are there any special rules for charity flights?
A – It will be appropriate to treat the passenger as if they are paying for the flight (see above).

Q – Can a pilot using BGA Introductory Flight Pilot endorsement privileges teach flying?
A – A BGA IFP endorsement does not include instructing privileges.