Glider Pilot Licence (SPL)


The minimum age for enrollment for the course is 16, but the PPL examination cannot be taken until the student attains 17 years of age.

All formalities regarding entry to the course will be effected by the Aero Club Torino.

The minimum age for registration for the course is 16. All formalities regarding the registration are carried out by the Aero Club Torino. Before registration, you must pass a medical examination at the Italian Air Force Institute of Legal Medicine (IML) "A. Mosso", Viale Aviation 1bis, Milan; alternatively the medical examination can be conducted at the IML of Rome, Naples or Bari. The secretariat of the Aero Club Torino (011.7790916) will organize the reservation.

For the medical examination, on an empty stomach, bring the following documents:

  • passport sized photo;
  • letter of introduction from the Aero Club Torino Flight School ;
  • lettera presentazione della scuola di volo dell’Aero Club Torino;
  • identity document;

At the moment of registration you provide the Secretariat with the following documents

  • 1 passport sized photo;
  • I.M.L. medical examination certificate;


The duration of the theoretical course is about 5 months with approximately 102 hours of instruction, with an obligatory attendance of not less than 80% of the hours in each of the following subjects: Principles of Flight, Aircraft General Information, Human Factors and Pilot Performance, Meteorology, Communications, Air Legislation, Flying Techniques, Air Navigation. Classes are held at the Aero Club Torino, two or three times a week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings) from 20.30 to 23.00.


In order to take the exam, a minimum of 13 hours of flight is required, of which 7 hours are dual command with an on-board instructor, 4 hours solo with two further hours at the discretion of the instructor, with a minimum of forty missions. For PPL holders, the minimum number of hours is reduced from 13 to 7, of which 5 are dual-control and 2 are solo with a minimum of 20 missions.


The course comprises the following steps:

  1. LEARNING TEST: held by the instructors of each subject of the theoretical course at the conclusion of the lessons.
  2. PRE-EXAMINATION SUITABILITY: means the student’s suitability for taking (and passing) the exam is evaluated by the instructor and by the flight instructors Coordinator at the completion of the practical exercises.
    this is held before an ENAC Commission and takes place in two stages:
    - a written (multiple choice) quiz covering the subjects of the course;
    - a practical test flight with an Inspector appointed by ENAC


Indicatively, the minimum overall cost of the GPL is around € 3,900 (excluding the cost of the medical examination and ENAC fees), and will be charged pro-rata with the progress of the course based on hours flown. This cost is based on the use of an ASK 21 school glider and respecting the minimum Ministerial programme of 13 hours, on average about 40 flights with a like number of airborne tows. It may therefore vary in relation to the number of hours flown (which depend on the learning ability of the student) or if a different type of glider is used, the number of air tows and the rates at the time for the leasing of the glider and the tow aircraft (which varies with the price of fuel). Other gliders of the Club fleet are available for training (for updated information on the fleet and costs refer to the website).

The cost figure also includes:

  • the cost of the theoretical course, € 500

Aeroclub fees that the student must pay at registration. On this occasion, the student will receive his/her "Pilot bag" containing the necessary text books, flight computer, plotter, charts etc.


The figure in the previous paragraph also includes the Aero Club Torino membership fee for the current year plus a one-off entry fee of 10%. For the following year pupils are entitled to a discount of 50% on the condition that they have not in the meantime become the holder of a pilots license. Students under the age of 25 years enjoy an additional 50% discount.


All gliders are equipped with Kasko insurance and insured for civil liability risk and carrier civil liability. There is also an accident policy in favour of the students with a limit of €100,000.00 in case of death or permanent disability.

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