This section of the BGA web site covers power flying, as it relates to mainstream gliding. Although designed primarily for news and other items affecting tug pilots, aerotowing operations and motor gliding, many of the items found here may be of interest to glider pilots in general.
- ‘Aeroplanes’ are powered aircraft that are not gliders
- ‘Aircraft’ includes both aeroplanes and gliders
- ‘ANO’ is the Air Navigation Order as amended
- ‘Self Launching Motor Glider’ is Self Launching Motor Glider, a UK description that ‘means an aircraft with the characteristics of a non-power driven glider, which is fitted with one or more power units and which is designed or intended to take off under its own power’
The legal requirements for glider towing are described in the ANO. The BGA requirements are described in Operational Regulations and supporting information. The ANO does not require pilots to hold a towing rating. In due course (expected by April 2018), EASA regulation will apply that requires tug pilots to hold a sailplane towing rating on their EASA licence.
The BGA appoints a Senior Tug Pilot who can advise clubs on towing operations. He can be contacted through the BGA office. The BGA recommends that clubs and tug pilots refer to the published BGA ‘Aerotow guidance notes’. Tug pilot coaching is carried out at clubs by appropriately experienced pilots.
Aerotowing is not classed as aerial work or commercial operations providing it is taking place within a not for profit club environment. Any club that has concerns can contact the BGA office for guidance.
UK regulation describes any powered glider that can self-launch as a Self-Launching Motor Glider (SLMG). EASA describes sailplanes which can self-launch (eg DG400), and Touring Motor Gliders (eg Falke 2000) – both are deemed to be SLMG under UK regulation. The legal requirements for operating motor gliders are described in the ANO. Motor gliders are used at clubs both for powered flying and for teaching gliding exercises, including navigation and field landing selection.
The BGA appoints a Motor Glider Standards Manager who can advise clubs on motor glider operations. He can be contacted through the BGA office. The BGA recommends that clubs and motor glider pilots refer to the BGA Motor Glider Handbook. It is important that risks from co-located motor glider and winch operations are appropriately mitigated.
CAA SLMG Flight Instructor training is provided by the BGA. Please refer to the BGA Courses page.
Guidance on licencing is available on the Pilot Licencing page. Guidance on instructor ratings is included in the BGA publication ‘The Gliding Certificate and Endorsements’. Motor glider pilots are advised to refer to the CAA publication CAP 804. The NPPL SLMG syllabus can be viewed on the NPPL website as well as in CAP 804.
Motor glider training is not classed as ‘aerial work’ or ‘commercial operations’ providing it is taking place within a not for profit club environment. Any club that has concerns can contact the BGA office for guidance.
Some single seat microlights have the characteristics of an SLMG. Where these aircraft meet specific requirements, they can be categorised as SSDR. In other words, they are deregulated for airworthiness purposes. For details refer to CAA Information Notice 2014/101. For pilot licensing requirements, refer to CAA Information Notice 2014/139.
Motor Glider Examining – Who Does What?
TEST OR CHECK REQUIRED EXAMINER Rating revalidation by experience R (Most other examiner authorisations also include the authority to revalidate by experience) Initial appointment and revalidation/renewal
By the CAA after recommendation by the BGA
Candidate to complete CAA forms (SRG1128) and send them to the BGA with a covering letter from his/her club's CFI or Chairman.
Before approving the application and returning it to the applicant for onwards posting to the CAA, the BGA will consult with the Instructors Committee Chairman, the BGA SRE(MG) and the BGA Chief Exec.
NPPL Ground Exams GR(SLMG) or GR(M) NPPL SLMG
flight tests and ground exams
XMG JAR-FCL TMG flight tests FE(PPL) or TMG Initial issue of CAA FI(SLMG) FIE Revalidation/ renewal of
FIE or “BGA Panel Examiner” (CAP804, Section 5 Part H, Subpart 2, Page 4).
Use CAA Instructor Form 3 SRG\1135
A BGA Panel Examiner is defined by the BGA: “A BGA SRE or RE who also holds a CAA CAA FE, FIE or XMG Authorisation and the FI(SLMG) rating .”
Initial issue, revalidation/ renewal & upgrades of BGA MGIR A BGA SRE or RE who also holds the rating in question Number Of Examiners
The Association will aim to ensure that the number of examiners in each region is balanced against the regions needs.
CAA fees are to be paid by candidates. 50% of the revalidation but not initial or lapsed rating renewal fees may be re-claimed from the BGA at its discretion by examiners active within the Association.
Advice – taken from the CAA’s TRAININGCOM 1/2008
“We regularly receive applications from instructors to be authorised as examiners, particularly FE PPL. Sometimes we have difficulty justifying the authorisation of additional examiners as our records indicate that several are already listed as available, either at that particular airfield, or within a reasonable distance. Further enquiries often reveal, however, that some of these examiners have moved on, are no longer active or are otherwise unavailable for test.
Therefore, if you are (or know of) an examiner who is no longer active, please inform (or prompt him/her to inform) the CFE via PLD at Gatwick to enable us to update our list of examiner availability.
Whilst on the topic of examiner availability: all examiners are expected to be professional and courteous and their integrity should be above reproach. They should also be impartial and apply the test and check standards fairly, without favour and to common standards. Therefore, although it may seem advantageous for schools and clubs to have a designated examiner on the staff, it should not be necessary.”
Andy Miller SRE(MG)
07901 553 341
FE (PPL) SEP, SSEA TMG, SLMG, GR
07715 366 239
FIE(a) (SEP, TMG, MEP & Microlights)
0777 345 9756
CRI (TMG,SEP), R
BGA RE Thames Valley
FE (PPL, SLMG)
FE(PPL) (SEP, TMG)
EASA PPL FE (SEP land & TMG) NPPL
EASA PPL FI (SEP land & TMG) NPPL
CAA Ground Examiner
FI SEP TMG(SLMG)
01529 303249 (H)
Devon & Somerset
FI (SLMG), R
07837 465 147
BGA RE (Thames)
XMG GR (SLMG)
Portmoak & Oban (Connell)
0131 665 0998
FE (PPL & SLMG)
Scotland & N England
01670 504 338
Hinton in the Hedges
07970 179 527
07749908444 Note – can arrange for PPL theoretical knowledge examinations to be taken by BGA club members during office hours at BGA HQ