Pilot Resources News

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…

Training News

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The latest edition of BGA Training News is now available.

ANO 2016 effective from 25th August 2016

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The Air Navigation Order (ANO) 2016 is effective from 25th August 2016. The ANO 2016 provides the foundation for a simpler and more proportionate approach to the regulation of many GA activities that fall under national (and not European) regulation. You can learn more here. Please refer to the Laws…

Waypoint Amendments

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A revision of the 2016 Waypoint list has been published.  This includes new extra waypoints around the Cambridge area.  These points have been developed by the Competitions Committee in conjunction with Cambridge ATC to provide well-placed alternatives to some existing TPs that will help interoperability between gliders and powered aircraft in this busy…

Adding a Privilege to an Existing Part-FCL Licence

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Pilots who hold a UK CAA-issued EASA SPL or LAPL(S) may now apply to add additional privileges to their licence based on BGA training and experience. For details, guidance and the application form see the Pilot Licence Conversion page.

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