Airspace News

Cranfield Airfield

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Cranfield airfield ATC has advised the BGA that they are no longer permitted ‘for insurance purposes’ to give permission to use the grassed area previously used in the event of a glider landing. They note that airfield is used for UAV operations even when the airfield is closed, that glider…

BGA Response - CAA decision on the TAG Farnborough ACP

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The BGA, working with gliding clubs and other GA organisations, has provided clear, accurate and compelling feedback throughout the TAG Farnborough ACP consultation process. Our views remain essentially unchanged. The BGA will carefully analyse the CAA decision letter and its implications and in due course will make a detailed statement.

CAA Decision on TAG Farnborough Airspace Change Proposal

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The CAA has today announced that an airspace change proposal by TAG Farnborough Airport has been largely approved by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The Airport’s request for the introduction of Class D airspace in its surrounding area will be met – subject to some significant concessions to the…

Airspace Coordination Notice - Gliding Competitions 2018

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An ACN covering gliding competitions notified by the BGA throughout the summer. Aerodrome and area NOTAMs will be published for all events and daily routings can be viewed at www.glidingtasks.co.uk The ACN can be viewed here.

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) 2018

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Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – known as RA(T)’s – are notified in advance where possible within the NATS AIS Aeronautical Information Circular Mauve Pages. Here is a link. RA(T)’s are usually established for specific times and dates to protect an airborne activity, eg an air display. Please read the details. Each…

Nuclear site exemption

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The CAA has issued a temporary exemption re nuclear sites. Any pilot using the exemption must fully understand and accept the related requirements. You can view the exemption here.

NOTAMS AND RA(T)'s

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All pilots are reminded of their obligation to check NOTAMs before flight. Restricted Areas (Temporary), known as RA(T)’s, are established for a variety of reasons including to protect air displays and listed within NOTAMs. Pilots who have infringed RA(T)’s have been prosecuted, leading to fines and loss of flying privileges….

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…