PASSENGER CARRYING.

 

For pilots who were granted the ‘Friends & Family’ rating previous to January 2016, the privileges will remain, subject to an annual check flight and appropriate medical. However, no new ratings of this type will be issued (‘Friends & Family’ is not a recognised rating). Permission must be granted from the Team leader/DCFI or CFI on each occasion the pilot wishes to fly a friend or family member. Weather minima is the same as any BI or IFP flight. The flight must be charged to the member’s account and paid for by them.

Any other pilot wishing to fly a member of the public (including friends and family) will henceforth be required

(a) to have a Bronze Badge with a cross country endorsement and be over the age of 18.

(b) to successfully complete an IFP or Basic instructor course (usually completed in a day - see BGA website) and

(c) the appropriate medical. This rating will qualify the pilot, subject to an annual check flight, to fly from the rear seat with members of the public as passengers as well as winch launching (after training).

I encourage all existing Friends and Family rating holders to convert to the more flexible IFP or BI rating.

In any case, if you carry passengers, YOU NEED TO CLICK HERE and READ THIS!!

 

Details available here https://members.gliding.co.uk/library/instructors/introductory-flight-pilot-course-booklet-and-record-of-training/

(The IFP rating can only be issued to holders of the EASA licence)

The following is from BGA LAWS AND RULES:

 

 

INTRODUCTORY AND PASSENGER FLIGHTS REQUIREMENTS Version 3 Effective date 5 Oct 19

Introducing new people to gliding is a critically important activity. This document summarises the requirements for introductory/passenger flights at BGA clubs, including where the passenger pays for the flight.

Introductory/passenger flying may be subject to additional local arrangements and pilots should check the detail with their CFI.

Contents;

1. Safety first

2. Requirements

 

1. Safety First

It is likely that around 30% of a pilot’s capacity is absorbed simply by the presence of a passenger. Carrying a passenger adds significant responsibility to the pilot in command.

All pilots carrying out introductory/passenger flying should refer to the BGA publication ‘Managing Flying Risk’, including the helpful specific guidance applicable to pilots of all experience regarding passenger care and operational considerations.

 

2. Requirements

The following summarises the detail required by law and by the BGA. Where a passenger is carried who is not paying for the flight, ie the flight is paid for by the pilot in command.  _( This also applies to privately owned two-seaters.)

To minimise risk including that associated with liability on the pilot and club delivering an introductory/passenger flight, a number of BGA requirements apply;

• The passenger is to be a member of the club delivering the passenger flight

• The pilot in command is to hold at least the BGA Bronze and Cross-Country endorsements or an SPL/LAPL(S) and be at least 16 years of age. Where an SLMG/TMG is used, the pilot in command is to hold a valid licence with SLMG/TMG privileges.

• The pilot in command is to be approved to carry passengers by the club CFI

• The pilot in command is to be in current practice, and be familiar with the type of glider and method of launch

• The pilot must hold at least a GP endorsed medical. (Local rule)

 

 

Where a passenger is carried who is paying for the flight

The Sailplane Air Operations rules and the UK ANO identify how an introductory flight is not deemed to be a commercial activity requiring any special requirements where it is provided by an organisation created for the purposes of promoting aerial sport or leisure aviation, provided that the organisation operates the sailplane on the basis of either ownership or a 2 dry lease agreement, that the flight does not generate profits distributed outside of the organisation and that such flights represent only a marginal activity of the organisation. In other words, a typical gliding club operation.

To minimise risk including that associated with liability on the pilot and club delivering a paid introductory/passenger flight, a number of BGA requirements apply;

 

• The passenger is to be a member of the club delivering the passenger flight

• The pilot in command is to hold at least the BGA Bronze and Cross-Country endorsements or an SPL/LAPL(S) and be at least 18 years of age*. Where an SLMG/TMG is used, the pilot in command is to hold a valid licence with SLMG/TMG privileges.                                                        *(18 age limit is a local rule)

• The pilot in command is to hold a valid BGA Introductory Flight Pilot endorsement or a valid gliding instructor rating

• The pilot in command is to be in current practice, and be familiar with the type of glider and method of launch

• An appropriate level of oversight is to be provided by an instructor (but not a Basic Instructor) approved to do so by the CFI.

Please note that a Trial Lesson is an instructional flight delivered by an instructor. The BGA requirements for instructional flights apply.

 

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IF YOU CARRY PASSENGERS, YOU NEED TO CLICK HERE and READ THIS!!