Cross-Country News

Southern Alps Airspace

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As noted on the BGA airspace webpage, many UK glider pilots visit the French Alps. The airspace arrangements can be surprisingly complex, but do ensure the needs of gliding and commercial air transport are safely and reasonably accomodated. As ever, it is vitally important that pilots respect the rules. The…

RT Training

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London GC (Dunstable) will be hosting a day’s training course designed to prepare people for the RT exam on Saturday 28th October from 9am to 6pm. The first half hour will be oriented towards glider pilots using the radio and the remainder of the day will be given over exclusively…

FLARM Updates

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Please check when you last updated your FLARM software. Many owners do not realise that FLARMs now need to be updated with the latest firmware at least once a year on a rolling 365 day basis or the unit will stop functioning. Depending on the type, it may not be…

Deeside GC airspace guide

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Deeside GC has produced a helpful resource for airspace awareness. The intention is to help pilots visualise the airspace construct.  Whilst every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, the guide is not designed to replace officially published information. You can view the Deeside GC airspace guide here.

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.

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…

Update - BGA Airspace

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Please note that there is an update on the BGA Airspace webpage titled ‘Transponders’ that describes the current situation re the ongoing non-transponder exceptions above FL100.

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