BGA Logo

The MotorGlider Specialists - Call 07976 985 689


Self-Launch Rating

Adding a Self-Launch rating to your SPL or LAPL(S)

If you hold a LAPL(S) or SPL, we can add a Self-Launch rating to your licence by simply completing a course of training.

MotorGlide is the only club in the country to offer this rating! We conduct self-launch gliding training in a combination of our SF25c and the Nimbus 4DM (or in your own glider).

As part of your course of training to extend a LAPL(S) to include a Self-Launch rating, you’ll need to complete the following:

  • A minimum of 5 launches under dual flight instruction
  • A minimum 5 solo launches under supervision
  • The dual flight instruction may be done in a TMG

For full details, please refer to EASA’s AMC1 FCL.110.S(c)(4)(xv).

PLEASE NOTE: You’ll need to hold a LAPL(S) or SPL before starting this course. See the BGA website for the pilot conversion forms.

Glider pilot training, 7 days a week

You’re in safe hands when you complete your glider pilot training with MotorGlide. Our Nimbus 4 DM is one of the world’s top performing gliders thanks to its 26.5 metre wing span, which gives it a stunning glide angle of 60:1. Our instructors all hold commercial pilot’s licences as well as glider pilot qualifications, and are seasoned cross-country pilots with thousands of cross-country kilometres under their belts.

What’s more, we operate differently to other gliding clubs:

  • There’s no duty rota
  • We operate seven days a week, all year round
  • Online booking system so you can book the exact time you want to fly
  • No politics – just flying!

Book your self-launch rating

To book your self-launch rating, call us on 07976 985 689 or email MotorGlide for more details.


Have a voucher? Book your flight here

About Us

Whatever your flying goals, our friendly team of instructors and examiners can help you achieve them with our renowned flight training at Bicester Aerodrome.



Contact Us


Bicester Airfield
Skimmingdish Ln, Bicester
OX26 5HA

Site Links