What type of license do you need to solo a glider (cross-country) in the UK?

Wikipedia states that:

There is no government-issued licence at present, but EASA regulations will require one by 2015.

This doesn't seem to have updated and I couldn't find anything on the British Gliding Association (BGA) website.


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This is on the BGA website under (unsurprisingly) Laws & Rules

There is no requirement for glider pilots to comply with EASA regulations for pilot licencing until 8 April 2020. The relevant BGA requirements and guidance continue to apply.

You can further follow links to the BGA Certificates, including a Cross Country endorsement:


In part:

The Cross-Country Endorsement can only be issued if the applicant has already qualified for a Bronze Endorsement or SPL/LAPL(S) and has the approval of theCFI.

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    $\begingroup$ Wow. You can do that in the UK? Just get in the glider with no license and go? That's crazy! Or am I reading that wrong? $\endgroup$ Jun 7, 2019 at 15:18
  • $\begingroup$ @Jamiec and what happens in 2020?! $\endgroup$
    – Cloud
    Jun 7, 2019 at 15:24
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    $\begingroup$ @Cloud Hold on let me get my time machine. Let me try that one more time being slightly less facetious; It'll probably be deferred again as they still won't have sorted out the brexit mess. $\endgroup$
    – Jamiec
    Jun 7, 2019 at 15:31
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    $\begingroup$ @Cloud honestly, youre right. Its a common theme of aviation regulation. Clear as mud. This is the point you go down to your nearest Gliding club and ask someone who does it every day. There is the chance you can find it (or find someone here who can find it) but theres no substitute for experience. $\endgroup$
    – Jamiec
    Jun 7, 2019 at 15:53
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    $\begingroup$ ...saying that all the requirements are right there in the link Ive provided. You just have to, you know, read. $\endgroup$
    – Jamiec
    Jun 7, 2019 at 15:55

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