Airspace News

Aeronautical Ground Station Licences

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As previously reported, from the 3rd January 2019, the CAA converted all common sporting assignments in the UK to 8.33. Aeronautical ground station licences, obtained from Ofcom, authorise the installation and use of a radio installation which provides ground to air communication (of course many clubs don’t utilise a radio ‘installation’ or…

RMZ requirements

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The CAA reports that ‘the Radio Mandatory Zone (RMZ) surrounding Hawarden aerodrome was established in March 2017 to enhance the safety of all aircraft operating in the vicinity of Hawarden aerodrome and to better integrate the increasing number of commercial A300-600N Beluga aircraft operations. AIC Y014/2017 was issued on 16…

Operating with 8.33 kHz channel spacing

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As previously reported, the UK has converted its allocated 25 kHz recreational aviation frequencies to 8.33 kHz channels, and four additional 8.33 channels are due to be allocated for gliding use in March 2019. Pilots should note that it is important that 8.33 channels are only used for the role…

Leeds Bradford Airport Airspace Change Proposal submitted to CAA

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Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) has submitted its airspace change proposal to the CAA. Extensive efforts to encourage LBA to understand the needs of local airspace stakeholders have been made over a significant period of time by the gliding and hang/para-gliding community in Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.  However, there are significant…

Improving awareness of shared airspace

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On Saturday 17th November USAF Flight Safety Officers from RAF Mildenhall and representatives from six east-of-england gliding clubs met to discuss how we each use our shared airspace, to improve mutual awareness and help avoid potential conflicts. Three USAF personnel briefed more than 30 glider pilots on the training missions…

LOA TRA(G) - updated to Sep 2020

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The Letter of Agreement between BGA and RAF(U) Swanick, NATS and BAe Systems regarding VFR flight by gliders above FL195 in TRA’s has been re-published effective Sep 2018 – Sep 2020. Pilots who intend to fly in these TRA’s are expected to fully understand any associated procedures. The LOA is…

Restrictions of Flying

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All pilots are respectfully reminded that restrictions of flying continue to be scheduled during August and September. Full details are available in the UK AIP by clicking on this link Please note that NOTAMs will highlight any changes or developments.

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…