Power Flying

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.

Terminology

  • ‘Aeroplanes’ are powered aircraft that are not gliders
  • ‘Aircraft’ includes both aeroplanes and gliders
  • ‘ANO’ is the Air Navigation Order as amended

Aerotowing

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.

Guidance on licencing is available on the Licensing webpage. Aeroplane pilots are advised to refer to the CAA publication CAP 804.

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.

Motor Gliders

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.

Motor Glider Examining – Who Does What?

TEST OR CHECK REQUIREDEXAMINER
Rating revalidation by experienceR (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

Process
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 ExamsGR(SLMG) or GR(M)
NPPL SLMG
flight tests and ground exams
XMG
JAR-FCL TMG flight testsFE(PPL) or TMG
Initial issue of CAA FI(SLMG)FIE
Revalidation/ renewal of
CAA's FI(SLMG)
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 MGIRA 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.

Payment
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.”

Power Examiners

Andy Miller  SRE(MG)

FIE (SLMG)
XMG
FE(PPL) TMG
GR(SLMG)

Wiltshire

01249 821031

Andy Aveling

XMG

Lasham

07880 730255

Peter Brown

FI(SLMG)

Halton

pbrown196@hotmail.co.uk
07920105195
01296 420428

Ray Brownrigg

FI(SLMG)
XMG
GR(SLMG

Oxfordshire Sportflying
Enstone

01608 677208
osf@enstoneaerodrome.co.uk

Dave Bullock

FIE (SLMG)
XMG
GR
BGA RE

Bicester

07901 553 341
bullockda@talk21.com

Gordon Burkett

GR(SLMG)
R

Bidford

01789 772606
07957 587671

David Cockburn

FE (PPL) SEP, SSEA TMG, SLMG, GR

LN8 3BH
RH6 7EJ

07715 366 239
d.cockburn229@btinternet.com

Jon Cooke

FIE(a) (SEP, TMG, MEP & Microlights)
FE (PPL) (SEP, TMG, Microlight)
FI (A) (SEP, TMG, Microlight)
GR and RFT examiner

Tatenhill, Wellesbourne

0777 345 9756
flyingstuff@hotmail.com

Andy Durston

CRI (TMG,SEP), R

Portsmouth

07863 292310
cfi@pngc.co.uk

Barrie Elliott

X(MG)

SO32 3PQ

barrieelliott@btinternet.com

Derren Francis

R
CRI

Bicester

07880 558120
derrenfrancis@aol.com

John Garrett

BGA RE Thames Valley

FE
CRI
XMG

Bicester

jgarrett@toucansurf.com

Don Irving

FE (PPL, SLMG)

Portmoak

01592 840359
donirving@btinternet.com

Matt Lane

FE(PPL) (SEP, TMG)

Oxfordshire/ Gloucestershire

07725 048651
mattlane637@yahoo.co.uk

Mick Lee

FI SEP TMG(SLMG)
FE SEP TMG(SLMG)

NG34 8WY

01529 303249 (H)
01909 481802(W)

Colin McInnes

GR
FI(A) (SEP, TMG, SLMG)
FE(A) (SEP, TMG, SLMG)

Halton

01296630487
07950 171119
cjmcinnes@hotmail.com

Ian Mitchell

FE (TMG)

Devon & Somerset

07977 230067
m1txh@hotmail.co.uk

Ian Kennedy

FI (SLMG), R

South Wales

07957 195443
ian.kennedy10@btinternet.com

Jonathan May

FI (SLMG)
CRI (SEP,TMG,M)
R

Bicester
Long Marston

FI{at}JonathanMay.co.uk
zero7793 590334

Les Merritt

GR
FI & FE (SLMG)
CRI SEP

Buckminster

01572 812911

Dave Munro

XMG
GR & FI (SLMG)
SR

Tibbenham

01502 712389
07858 103815

Alastair Mutch

R

Portmoak

07785 264511

Patrick Naegeli

SRE(South East)
FE (SLMG)
GR (SLMG)

RG25 2RF

07836 357394

Alan Nicholson

FE(PPL)

NE Scotland

07837 465 147

Andrew Roch

BGA RE (Thames)
FI(SLMG)
GR(SLMG)
XMG (SLMG)

Dunstable

andy@londonglidingclub.com

George Ross

XMG GR (SLMG)

Portmoak & Oban (Connell)

0131 665 0998
07711 305393

Chula Rupasinha

R

London

07769 920076

Colin Sword

FE (PPL & SLMG)
SXM
GR

Scotland & N England

01670 504 338
colin@lovat-fraser.co.uk

Clive Stainer

TMG

Hinton in the Hedges

07970 179 527
http://www.pilotflighttraining.com

Pete Stratten

E (SLMG)/XMG
BGA RE

Northants

07749908444 Note – can arrange for PPL theoretical knowledge examinations to be taken by BGA club members during office hours at BGA HQ

Paul Whitehead

GR (SLMG)
X(MG)
CRI for tugs
R Examiner
BGA RE(MG)

Yorkshire

p.whitehead@tesco.net
01904 737254

Steve Williams

GR
FI(SLMG)

Southdown GC

07747 790706

Alan Wrigley

BGA RE
FIE
CAA FIE/IRE/FE(CPL)/FE(PPL)
CRE for MEP/SEP/TMG
CAA SE(S), FIE/FE Gliders and TMG

Rufforth

alanwrigley@hotmail.co.uk
07831 401120