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The Air Cadet League of Canada offers Canadian youth aged 12-18 the opportunity to earn their Glider Pilot Licence (GPL) at various summer training courses around the country.

Glider Pilot License (GPL) Requirements

(1) Age

An applicant shall be a minimum of sixteen years of age.

(2) Medical Fitness

  1. Hold a Category 4 Medical Certificate valid for a pilot licence – glider.
  2. (b) An applicant who meets the medical conditions specified on and signs the Civil Aviation Medical Declaration shall be deemed to have met the Category 4 Medical Standards.
  3. (c) The licence is maintained by a valid Category 1, 3 or 4 Medical Certificate.

(3) Knowledge

  1. (a) Complete a minimum of 15 hours of glider pilot ground school instruction
  2. (b) obtained a minimum of 60% in the written examination Pilot Licence – Glider (GLIDE).

(4) Experience

  1. (a) Complete a minimum of 6 hours of glider pilot flight training, under the direction and supervision of the holder of a Flight Instructor Rating – Glider.
  2. (b) The flight training shall include:
    1. (i) a minimum of 1 hour dual instruction flight time, and
    2. (ii) 2 hours solo flight time, including a minimum of 20 takeoffs and 20 landings.

(5) Skill

  1. (a) Demonstrate in flight and on the ground familiarity with, and the ability to perform both normal and emergency manoeuvres appropriate to the glider used in the test and with a degree of competency appropriate to the holder of a pilot licence – glider.
  2. (b) An applicant shall submit a letter from the holder of a Flight Instructor Rating – Glider, qualified on the method of launch for the glider used for the test, attesting to the applicant’s satisfactory completion of the skill requirement.

(6) Credits

  1. (a) Knowledge
    1. (i) An applicant who holds a pilot permit or licence in any other category of aircraft, except ultra-light aeroplanes, shall be deemed to have met 10 of the 15 hours ground school instruction requirement.
    2. (ii) An applicant who holds a pilot licence – aeroplane may be deemed to have met the ground school instruction requirement.
    3. (iii) An applicant who holds a pilot licence – aeroplane shall be deemed to have met the written examination requirement.
  2. (b) Experience An applicant who holds a pilot licence – aeroplane category shall have the total glider pilot flight training time reduced to a minimum of 3 hours, which shall include the minimum flight training specified.

(7) Licence Issued On the Basis of Foreign Licence

  1. (a) An applicant who holds a pilot licence – Glider issued by a Contracting State or an organization acceptable to that state, shall be considered:
  1. (i) to have met the ground school instruction requirement; and
  2. (ii) to have met the written examination requirement, the experience requirement and the skill requirement, provided that the foreign licence was not issued on the basis of a licence from another State, and that the applicant:
    1. (A) has obtained at least the number of hours of flight training required by subsection (4);
    2. (B) obtains a minimum of 90% in the written examination Student Pilot Permit or Private Pilot Licence for Foreign and Military Applicants, Aviation Regulations (PSTAR); and
    3. (C) has completed, in gliders, a minimum of 5 take-offs and 5 landings within the 6 months preceding the date of application for the Canadian licence.
  • (b) In lieu of the requirement for take-offs and landings specified in clause 7(a)(ii)(C), an applicant may complete a minimum of 2 take-offs and 2 landings within the 6 months preceding the date of application for the Canadian licence and obtain, from the holder of a Canadian Flight Instructor Rating – Glider, a certificate of competency to carry passengers.
  • (c)The licence shall be annotated by the Minister to indicate that it was issued on the basis of the foreign licence.
  • (d)The Minister shall remove the annotation from the licence, provided that the applicant has successfully completed:
    1. (i) the written examination requirement (GLIDE); and
    2. (ii) the skill requirement.

(8) Credits for Foreign Applicants

  1. (a) An applicant who holds a pilot licence – glider issued by a contracting state or an organization acceptable to that state and who does not wish to obtain a licence issued on the basis of the foreign licence, may be considered by the Minister to have met the ground school instruction requirement and the experience requirement provided that the applicant has obtained at least the number of hours of dual and solo flight training and experience required by subsection (4).
  2. (b) An applicant who does not hold a pilot licence – glider issued by a contracting state may be credited foreign glider dual and solo flight training time and glider ground school time towards the knowledge and experience requirements for the issue of a Glider Pilot Licence, if the applicant provides certification from the holder of a Flight Instructor Rating – Glider that all ground and flight training exercises have been satisfactorily reviewed.