Rules for the operation of sailplanes were published in the Official Journal of the EU today and will apply from 9 July 2019. The complementing AMC and GM will be published by EASA beginning of 2019.
This new regulation will replace the sailplane specific rules of Part-NCO and Part-CAT(S) of the Air OPS regulation and is the first step to the so called Rulebook Sailplanes. The second step is to replace the sailplane specific rules of the Air Crew regulation by a gliding dedicated regulation as well. The respective EASA opinion is scheduled for publication in February 2019 and will then further processed by the Commission for its adoption.
The aim of the Rulebook Sailplanes is to support sport and recreational aviation with simple and proportionate rules.
Official Journal containing Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1976 ('Sailplane OPS'):