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Pilots must plan to avoid known hazards and remain compliant with the law. To do so, all pilots must have a good understanding of airspace structures and associated rules, and check NOTAMs before flight.

This page links to three other webpages (click on the section heading to access the webpage):

What is airspace?


  • Introduction to airspace
  • Aerobatics displays
  • ATZs
  • Danger Areas and Temporary Danger Areas
  • Instrument Procedural Traffic
  • MATZ
  • NOTAMs
  • Parachute Drop Zones
  • RA(T)
  • Rules of the air
  • Non-transponder areas above FL100

Maintaining safe airspace


  • Lookout – supported by electronic conspicuity
  • Airprox
  • Altimetry
  • Avoiding infringements
  • Charts
  • D&D
  • GPS and moving maps
  • LOAs
  • NOTAMs
  • Task setting
  • Winch launch overflights
  • VRPs

Other airspace information


  • AICs
  • AIP
  • Airspace modernisation
  • Awareness of gliding needs
  • Drones/RPAS

Notifying concerns about airspace access or air traffic service refusal

If you have concerns about airspace access or if you are unreasonably refused access to airspace, please complete the CAA Form FCS 1522.

Freedom to fly – you can help!

The BGA Airspace Committee works with other airspace stakeholders with the aim of maintaining reasonably safe airspace, equitable access to airspace, and freedom of movement across the UK for gliding. The task is ongoing and growing as an increasing amount of airspace is being demanded for the exclusive use of commercial operations. Volunteer assistance is always welcome. Airline pilots have particularly valuable experience. If you can help, please contact the BGA Airspace Committee chairman via the BGA office.