Pilot Resources News

Links to online training resources

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Several online resources and links have been brought together to support pilots training and interest and published on a new BGA webpage. Please view the detail here. If any instructor or pilot wants to recommend an online resource, please email Luke(at)gliding.co.uk and include the description and URL. Thanks!

BGA online training

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‘Teaching & Learning’ Any pilot who is planning to become an instructor needs to attend a BGA Teaching & Learning/A module seminar. This FREE, online T&L seminar covers the theory of how people learn, Threat & Error Management, teaching tips, and several other important topics. It’s also an excellent refresher…

Flight Instructor (Sailplanes) refresher seminars

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Attending a refresher seminar within the past 3 years is one of the Flight Instructor (Sailplanes) recency requirements. If you’ve held an FI(S) certificate for a couple of years and haven’t attended a refresher seminar, or its been a couple of years since a previous refresher seminar, or if you…

Instructor refresher seminars

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Assistant and full rated instructors who have converted to an SPL* include Flight Instructor (Sailplanes) – known as FI(S) – as a privilege on their licence ready for when its needed, ie by October 2021. Meanwhile, all instructors including those with FI(S) privileges on an SPL are operating under the…

Glider pilot training and development

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One of the challenges of learning to fly or progressing as a pilot is the complexity of the various requirements. Establishing a revised, clear and uncomplicated pilot pathway with clubs in 2021 is a part of our ‘fit for the future’ programme. Meanwhile, our pilot training webpage links to the…

Good practice example pre-solo checklist

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To help instructors at the launch point confirm that key areas of training and administration have been addressed prior to first solo flight, one BGA club has introduced a short checklist that is attached to student pilots logbooks which includes; Solo-standard training completed and recorded? Solo airspace/other local knowledge assessed?…

Instructor Development Week October 2020

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The all-new BGA instructor development week is designed to support both trainee instructors and already qualified instructors. The course runs for a week during which various types of instructor training can be made available over various days. The idea is that people can attend just for the day or days…

BGA Instructor Courses

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A difficult period of lockdown for everyone has resulted in cancelled instructor courses. Working with the continuing COVID19 mitigations at BGA clubs, BGA instructor training is carefully re-emerging. Basic Instructor courses take place at gliding clubs who choose to run them. The (usually) two-day course delivers safety training and instructional…

Towing Transponder Code

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A transponder code (0034) has been approved for use for sailplane towing. Any transponder equipped aircraft conducting towing operations can use it in the course of towing, including descending after the tow, etc. If crossing controlled airspace while towing (eg class D or E), a pilot may be asked to…

BGA Instructor Ratings

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The fast developing COVID19 situation may result in instructors not being able to meet recency and refresher requirements when revalidating their BGA instructor ratings. The BGA will ensure that alternative arrangements for those BGA instructors are in place over the coming weeks and certainly by the time gliding is able…

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