I have my SEL Private VFR licence. I recently went on a glider flight, and I loved it. How much extra work does it take a typical pilot to transition from SEL to gliders?

What extra material will I have to learn? And what overlaps?

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    $\begingroup$ Are you looking from a learning standpoint or about rules and regulations? $\endgroup$
    – Farhan
    Sep 29, 2014 at 18:39
  • $\begingroup$ I am asking in terms of regulations. But from a learning standpoint is something I'm interested in, too. Can most of the work be done at home? Or do I need a lot of extra ground school? $\endgroup$
    – Keegan
    Oct 3, 2014 at 22:16

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(I am assuming your question is asking about the FAA regulations.)

If you already have a PPL, then the requirements are modest. According to the Soaring Society of America:

Additional Pilot Rating
Holders of a valid FAA Power plane license with 40 hours as pilot-in-command need a minimum of 10 solo flights to qualify to take the glider flight test. No written exam is required to add a glider rating to a power license. In all cases, refer to the Federal Aviation Regulations for details on pilot licensing.


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