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To fly a South African registered glider you need to:

  1. Be a member of the SSSA. You will apply for your SSSA membership through the club or Hire and Fly operation of your choice; most probably the one you are flying with.
  2. Apply for a Temporary SSSA Glider Pilot Licence/ Validation. For this the
    following is required:
    1. Hold a valid Glider Pilot licence in your country of origin.
    2. Write a local Airlaw exam.
    3. Demonstrate a complete understanding of the relevant airspace requirement.
    4. Produce an ICAO compliant "Medical Certificate" of at least a class 4 category. This certificate must have been attained not more than three years before your arrival if you are older than 40 years or 5 years below this age.
    5. Do a check flight with a SSSA instructor. This temporary Licence/ validation is valid for a maximum of 4 months and cannot be issued for Touring Motor Gliders. This temporary Licence / validation can only be issued with your existing ratings. No new ratings can be included on your Temporary Licence / validation.
  3. If you intend to carry passenger you must be the holder of at least a limited category Air Experience Instructor brevet or have a logbook endorsement by a qualified instructor or similar in your logbook from the country of origin and have at least 100 launches or hours as P1.


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The Soaring Society of South Africa (SSSA) is the body to which all glider pilots must belong, as stipulated in law by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), to pursue the sport of gliding in South Africa.

It is affiliated to the Aeroclub of South Africa which in turn represents all the sporting bodies at the CAA. Membership is by subscribing directly to the SSSA.

The SSSA has the following responsibilities:

  • Defining and publishing the standards for safe operations (approved by the CAA)
  • Maintaining a register of airworthy gliders
  • Approving courses for the training of instructors
  • Negotiating to ensure access to airspace
  • Promoting the sport of gliding
  • Liaison with international gliding organisations