The Irish Gliding and Soaring Association

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EI-GLA (EI-150) landingGliding Operations

The IGSA, through its Operational Regulations, regulates Gliding Operations. The Operational Regulations incorporate the Statuary Instruments and cover all aspects of Gliding Operations in Republic of Ireland.


The IGSA manages the Airworthiness of gliders in conjunction with the IAA. Since 28th March 2007 all Irish Gliders were registered with the IAA.

From 28th September 2009 all Gliders have been subject to the EASA Part-M Maintenance except for ‘Annex II’ gliders.

On the 2nd March 2010, the IGSA received EASA Part-M Subpart-F and Subpart-G approvals from the IAA.

On 28th September 2020, the IGSA received EASA PART-CAO approvals from the IAA.

Glider Pilot Training Standards

The IGSA sets the syllabus and standards for Glider Pilot training. When pilots pass the IGSA exams and flight tests, they are awarded a Bronze Certificate (similar to a PPL for power flying). It also sets the medical requirements for Pilots and Instructors. More information in the Pilot Licensing section.

By the 8th April 2021, a European Glider Pilots Licence – Sailplane Pilots Licence (SPL) will be in place. When this happens, all glider pilots, other than students, will have to have a Licence. The legislation came into effect in 2015 but implementation for gliding was deferred firstly to 2015, then 2018 and now 2021. The last deferment is to allow time for the new PART-SFCL (Sailplane Light Crew Licencing) to be published.

Instructor Ratings

Prior to SFCL, the IGSA set the syllabus for Instructor training and granted Instructor ratings and renewals. Under SFCL the syllabus defined in the Acceptable Means of Compliance and the IAA will grant instructor ratings.


Pilots represent Ireland at European and World Championships and also compete in other competitions mostly in the UK and Spain. A National Ladder is also run annually, based on the OLC.

For more information see the Cross Country flying and Competitions pages.


The IGSA is working closely with the IAA particularly with regard to Airworthiness issues. In the near future other areas such as Operations and Licensing will come to the fore.

The IGSA has been dealing with EASA matters in a number for fronts;

  • Registration of Gliders starting in early 2007
  • Maintaining links with the European Gliding Union¬†and monitoring the progress of EASA.
  • Pilot Licensing which came into effect on 8th April 2020.
  • Airworthiness and Part-M, PART-ML and PART-CAO