Instructors and Safety Standards.
Gliding is a very safe sport, due totally to our insistence on very high instructional standards.
There are currently four types of instructor rating.
- B.I. - Basic Instructor rating;
- Ass. Cat. - Assistant Category Instructor rating;
- Full Cat. - Full Category Instructor rating;
- C.F.I. - Chief Flying Instructor rating.
Basic instructors are on the first rung of the instructor ladder. They are allowed to take newcomers to the sport into the air where they demonstrate the basics of flight control.
When the time comes to join and learn to fly you will be accompanied by either an Assistant Cat., or a Full Cat instructor. These instructors are allowed to demonstrate and help you practice all the exercises you will need to know when flying a glider. The CFI is at the top of the instructor ladder in all gliding clubs and is in sole charge of all flying and safety matters.
A two seater training flight
Only the best pilots can ever hope to become an instructor.
When a pilot has completed his Silver badge and has many hours and launches to his credit he can be considered for a place on an B.I. training course. Prospective instructors not only have to be competent and safe pilots, but they must also have maturity and reliability and must be of the right "type" to be able to teach such a demanding skill.
When a pilot passes the B.I. course he then will be able to be "pilot in charge" (P1) on Trial Lesson Flights to visitors.
B.I.'s after approximately one year, must then attend a week long training course run by one of the BGA national coaches to train to become an Assistant Category Instructor and then after several years experience, another course to become a Full Category Instructor.
To keep our safety and instructional standards as high as possible these courses are extremely tough and very demanding to ensure that all our instructors are of the required standard.
All instructors of whatever category are annually checked by either the CFI or the BGA Regional Examiner to ensure their competence.
Instructing is a difficult task but our standards demand that they are the best!