I live in the Netherlands.

In order to get a Light aircraft pilot licence (LAPL) license 30 flight hours are demanded, A private pilot licence (PPL) requires to have 45 flight hours.

flying in a Sailplane is lower-priced then a motorized airplane in my country.

So I'm wondering if flying in a Sailplane is concidered a valid flight hour for a LAPL / PPL license.


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In the UK, under the CAA (and as a CVn mentions, it may vary across EASA land, regardless of SERA), these are the rules:

The privileges of your licence will only remain valid if you have completed, in the last 24 months, as pilot of an aeroplane or TMG:

At least 12 hours flight time as PIC, including 12 take-offs and landings; and
Refresher training of at least 1 hour of total flight time with an instructor.

That document also explains that:

A LAPL for aeroplanes will allow you to act as pilot in command (PIC) on two classes of aircraft: either a single-engine piston aeroplane (land) or touring motor glider (TMG) with a maximum take-off mass of 2000 kg or less, carrying a maximum of 3 passengers, with no more than 4 persons on board.

So I think that, in the UK, you can't act as PIC on a sailplane and so can't count any hours toward your LAPL

However, TMG flying is very cheap, if you can find one for hire

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    $\begingroup$ I guess you are right, however, I think that flying in a sailplane will improve pilot skills and knowledge about aviation. So it doesn't hurt. $\endgroup$
    – Julian
    Feb 19, 2019 at 12:32
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    $\begingroup$ @Julian you are absolutely right. All else being equal, a glider pilot transitioning to power almost always makes a better power pilot. $\endgroup$
    – John K
    Feb 19, 2019 at 15:28

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