Airspace News

Exeter airport ACP decision

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The CAA has rejected the Exeter airport airspace change proposal. Details of the BGA’s response to this consultation and the CAA’s decision are available here.

8.33 Radios and Frequency Changes

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The UK has adopted the change to 8.33 kHz radios effective from 1st January 2018. There is a CAA-issued temporary exemption place to allow a number of 25 kHz frequencies to be used. View the exemption here. 25 kHz frequencies end with: 00, 25, 50 or 75. An 8.33 kHz…

Shobdon airfield - parachuting and frequency change

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There is a new skydiving operation based at Shobdon; however it is not marked on the new 2018 1/2 mil chart.  The operation will be announced by NOTAM. There will be tandem freefall jumps from up to FL140 onto the NW corner of the airfield accompanied by a cameraman.  The…

Non-transponder areas at or above FL100

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The exemption to permit gliders and SLMGs from a requirement to use secondary surveillance radar transponders at and above FL 100 up to FL 195 in designated areas has been reissued as ORS4 No.1258 available here. Pilots intending to use the exemption must ensure that they fully understand the published…

Brize Norton and Oxford Airport Consultations

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A BGA facilitated meeting focussed on responding to the Brize Norton and Oxford proposed airspace changes took place on 21st January 2018. The meeting was led by a member of the Bristol and Gloucester Gliding Club, and attended by representatives of 21 gliding clubs and other organisations including the BBAC,…

Oxford Airport and RAF Brize Norton ACP consultations

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As anticipated, Oxford and Brize Norton have published their airspace change proposals. There is little doubt that these two disproportionate airspace change proposals pose a very significant threat to the viability of gliding in and through the area, and will significantly increase risk for the majority of airspace users operating…

8.33 kHz radio update

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Given the 8.33 policy changes as the end of the year , the CAA has updated its information available on the CAA website The CAA website includes links to information on; The law change Continuing to operate a 25 kHz radio Common sporting frequencies How to identify an 8.33 frequency…

Transponder Use

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Pilots of powered aircraft are reminded that Standardised European Rules of the Air require that aircraft equipped with a serviceable transponder shall operate the transponder at all times during flight. Aircraft without sufficient electrical power supply are exempt from the requirement. If equipped with a transponder and an electrical charging…

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