Is it legally possible in Europe to get clearances for IFR, night VFR or special VFR while flying gliders? Specifically, I'm interested in sailplanes, powered sailplanes and ultralight sailplanes (MTOW below 472.5kg).

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    $\begingroup$ I don't think IFR is possible. It requires maintaining assigned altitudes. Remaining along a specific route and crossing fixes at assigned times. A glider is also unable to do a holding pattern at an assigned altitude. A IFR aircraft is also required to change altitude at minimum ROC as assigned. $\endgroup$
    – jwzumwalt
    Jan 24, 2018 at 4:23

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It's not possible to get IR for any of those. I think EASA now has flying in clouds rating for gliders. For night flying you will need a glider that is certified to do that. I don't know any manufacturers of night gliders. Blaniks had an option to fly at night but most of them cannot fly now at all.

SVFR may be possible in theory but it will be crazy. Maybe you can be towed in special VFR but this will be dangerous. It also depends on whether the country in which you are flying allows SVFR.


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