Cross-Country News

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.

Pilot fined for illegally entering controlled airspace

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The CAA notes that ‘a helicopter pilot who illegally entered controlled airspace, causing disruption to flights at London Heathrow Airport, has been successfully prosecuted by the Civil Aviation Authority. The pilot was flying from Wycombe Air Park to Cliveden House, Buckinghamshire, when he entered the London Control Zone, without air…

Use of 8.33 kHz handheld radios

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As reported previously, all radios need to be capable of operating on 8.33 kHz from 2018. Following discussion with the BGA, the CAA has published information notice 2015/098 describing an extension of CAA Equipment Approval LA301075 for handheld 8.33 kHz channel spaced VHF radios for use by operators of EASA…

FAI Sporting Code Update

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The 2015 Edition of Sporting Code Section 3 and its Annexes are now published on the FAI website (select > Sporting Code Section 3: Gliding > Current). This new version of the Sporting Code Section 3 has many changes from the previous one. It is the result of 3 years…

BGA Waypoint List

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The 2015 BGA Waypoint List has been published, and contains 1277 WPs, an increase of 12 over last year. Due to the new Southend Control Zone, the following have been removed: CTM (Chatham), CVY (Canvey), DAE (Danbury E, replaced by a new point Danbury N), SOM (Southminster), and SPY (Sheppey)….

Date Errors in IGC Files from GPS Flight Recorders

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The IGC GNSS Flight Recorder Approval Committee (GFAC) has issued an advisory notice recommending that owners of GPS flight recorders (FRs), especially older designs, switch the device on at regular intervals when not in use. This will keep the GPS receiver and FR batteries from running down and thus minimise…

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