YOUNG PILOTS                     Page 4 of 5      

The minimum age for children to fly solo at The Gliding Centre is 16 with effect from 19th November 2021

The only exceptions to this rule are

1. Those who are below 16 and have already flown solo or who are in training to do so, at Husbands Bosworth, on or before the 19th November 2021

2.  The children of any established club Member (member for more than 2 years)  by prior recommendation of the CFI and agreement by the Committee

Children under 16 are still most welcome as members and can fly dual and we will continue supporting them through the scholarship scheme and reduced membership rates

Any young pilot flying under the above exceptions, must be done with the utmost caution and only after consultation with the CFI or a DCFI and then only in the most benign conditions. They must have a self-declaration to DVLA group 1 standard  medical to be held by the club

Any subsequent solo flights MUST be briefed and flights can only be allowed, again, in the most benign conditions and carefully observed. A working radio must be in the aircraft and no cameras or other distractions should be carried by the pilot.  Under the age of 18, a person is considered in the eyes of the law to be a child, and as instructors, we have a duty of care to ensure that we keep them as safe as possible. Therefore, even if a pilot holds a Xcountry endorsement and bronze badge and is under the age of 18, they will need to check with a full rated (or designated) instructor before they fly – even if it is a private glider.

Young solo pilots Pilots under the age of 18 may have exemplary handling skills but a different attitude to risk and little experience of taking important decisions. Below the age of 16, children are advised what to do both at home and at school and it would be rare for any such person to have experience of taking decisions with severe adverse personal consequences if the decision were wrong. But taking such decisions is an intrinsic part of flying a glider. Individual supervision including briefing is crucial for the safety of young pilots.

Individual supervision for young pilots can be achieved in several ways including;

• Use of an instructor mentor who monitors and advises on all flying by a young pilot

• Requiring young pilots to seek authorisation from an instructor before flying solo

• The authorising instructor signing the log sheet entry confirming the young pilot may fly solo

Be aware of the pilot weight – minimum cockpit weight must be at least 15kg (33lbs) over the min placard weight any added ballast weight MUST BE APPROVED and fixed - no unsecured lead cushions’

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