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Glider Operations Above FL100

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The CAA has now published ORS1217 allowing non-transponder equipped gliders and SLMGs to fly above FL100 and up to FL195 in the notified Non-SSR Gliding Areas (NSGA). The new exemption  runs until 31st March 2018. The NSGAs are detailed in the UKAIP ENR5.2 and diagrammatically in ENR 6-3-0-1 (see the…

CAP 1434: UK Flight Information Services: Guidance from the CAA

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The CAA has asked us to draw pilots’ attention to CAP 1434 ‘UK Flight Information Services: Guidance from the CAA’ which was published last year. The leaflet provides guidance to pilots on the types of air traffic services that are available to all flights operating within Class G airspace and,…

Listening Squawk Reference Card

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In support of the airspace infringement seminar held in London last year, FASVIG analysed airspace infringement data from across the country and concluded that the use of listening squawks and radar services significantly reduced infringement risk. However, the availability of these services was not well understood and although details are…

2017 Waypoint List Published

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The 2017 BGA Waypoint List (Start Points, Turn Points, Control Points and Finish Points) has been published.

BWPA Scholarships

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The Women Pilots’ Association has announced that applications are now open for its 2017 Scholarships. Up to six Scholarships will be awarded to successful women applicants this year. Two of the scholarships, each valued at £1000, are open to women pilots in any form of aviation, including gliding; one is…

CAA Information Notice 2017/02 re EASA Specialised Operations rules

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CAA Information Notice 2017/02 describes how EASA Specialised Operations (SPO) rules apply in the UK from 21st April 2017. EASA specialised operations rules potentially apply to aeroplanes and TMG’s, but not to sailplanes or powered sailplanes as these are currently opted-out of EASA operations rules until at least 2019. The…

FLARM

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We have evidence that some FLARM aerial installations are nowhere near as effective as they could be. This is not a new issue. Have you checked your FLARM coverage using the online tool? The tool is available on the FLARM website or, for LXNAV 9000, 8000, 8080, Flarm mouse, on…

Aim Higher 2017

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Following popular demand, Aim Higher club coaching lead Kevin Atkinson advises that the planned Aim Higher courses in 2017 are: Two day weekend ground school during January and March (16 hours ground school) These courses during the winter poor weather in preparation for the season ahead are designed simply to…

8.33 kHz radio update

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As previously reported, to overcome aviation radio frequency congestion across Europe, more channels are needed. By moving to 8.33 kHz channel spacing, three times the number of channels can be created within the VHF band. On 1 January 2018 the law changes and all aircraft operating in airspace that requires…

BGA publication 'Managing Flying Risk'

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‘Managing Flying Risk’ is one of the series of helpful BGA documents within Laws and Rules that specifically aims to provide clubs and all pilots with guidance that will help them to understand, minimise and manage risks associated with gliding operations including with powered gliders and tug aircraft. Following a…

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