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  • CAA GA Unit getting to know gliding

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    The Head of the CAA RPAS and GA Unit Sophie O’Sullivan and three colleagues joined BGA vice-chairman George Metcalfe, CEO Pete Stratten and other members of the BGA staff at Leicester this week to learn more about the BGA, gliding clubs and our sport.  After a busy and useful discussion…

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  • Battery powered winch launching

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    An aeroclub in Austria claims to be using the worlds first battery powered glider launching winch. Although mains supplied e-powered winches are already in use, this is a significant development. Technical data: Power: 205 kW Rope force: 8500 N Max launching weight: 850 kg Battery capacity: 180 kWh (160 kWh…

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  • Airworthiness Directive - Schleicher Wooden Sailplanes

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    EASA has published an update to their Proposed Airworthiness Directive (PAD) on wooden sailplane elevator root ribs. This now mandatory Airworthiness Directive (AD) supersedes LBA Germany AD 72-7/3 from 1989 (originally 1972). The AD can be downloaded here. The BGA Chief Technical Officer has sent information to owners and BGA…

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  • Red Diesel use from April 2022

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    Legislative changes introduced through the Finance Bill 2021 and subsequent secondary legislation restricts the entitlement to use red diesel and rebated biofuels from April 2022. Use of red diesel for maintaining community amateur sports clubs will continue to be permitted. You can read more here.  

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  • Junior Gliding

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    Subject to completing the required training, a glider pilot can fly solo at age 14. The minimum age to become a qualified glider pilot is 16. All young people can benefit from support in gliding and so the BGA has a fairly relaxed definition of ‘Junior’ – Junior gliding benefits…

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