Club Development News

8.33 kHz Radio Update

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8.33 Implementation As previously reported, aircraft that need to use 8.33 kHz frequencies must be equipped with 8.33 kHz capable radio equipment by 31 Dec 2017. UK airfields are to re-equip with 8.33 kHz radios by 31 Dec 2018. So during 2018, a large number of frequencies will change. The…

BGA and Air Cadet Organisation Memorandum of Understanding

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After a long period of constructive discussion and sharing of information, the BGA and the Air Cadets 2 FTS have signed a memorandum of understanding. While the two organisations have different roles and aims, as both support gliding there are numerous commonalities. The sharing of information, particularly around safety issues,…

Drone Consultation by UK Government

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The UK Department for Transport is seeking views on proposals ‘to harness the positive benefits of drones for public and commercial services and the benefits to the UK economy’. The consultation closes on 15th March 2017 and can be viewed here.

Club Management Conference

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The date of the 2016 Club Management Conference has been confirmed as Saturday, 12th November. The venue is new this year – Highgate House in Northamptonshire (just west of Pitsford Resevoir), which is run by the same people who have previously looked after us so well at Woodside. ¬†Bookings will…

Update - 8.33 kHz equipage funding support project

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As previously reported, the BGA has supplied information to the CAA in support of a funding bid to help owners with their costs of equipping with 8.33 kHz capable radios. This bid opportunity followed effective lobbying at the European Commission four years ago by Europe Air Sports. The CAA facilitated…

Flight Logging Action Group

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FLAG (Flight Logging Action Group) is a new BGA Working Group, formed to look at developing flight logging and data capture & management systems for gliding clubs. The requirement came from clubs requesting solutions. Many clubs have systems that have been devised and managed by individuals at their clubs. Several…

CASC Update

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Following the changes to the Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) scheme which came into effect on 31st March 2015, HMRC has now closed the HMRC CASC Forum, of which the BGA was a member. Although the HMRC CASC Forum has ceased, the BGA will continue to work with other sports,…

Mick Davis, Senior Regional Examiner North West

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It is with great sadness that we report that Mick Davis, the SRE North West region, has passed away. Mick has been a member of the BGA’s regional examining team for many years and previously served as an RAFGSA club CFI. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.  …

Funding for Young Instructors - Reminder

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The Honourable Company of Air Pilots and the BGA are working together to provide funding for a number of young gliding instructor training bursaries. Funding for 2016 is available now. We welcome applications from glider pilots under the age of 25 on application who wish to qualify as either a…

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