Pilot Resources News

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…

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…

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.

Mick Davis, Senior Regional Examiner North West

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It is with great sadness that we report that Mick Davis, the SRE North West region, has passed away. Mick has been a member of the BGA’s regional examining team for many years and previously served as an RAFGSA club CFI. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.  …

Funding for Young Instructors - Reminder

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The Honourable Company of Air Pilots and the BGA are working together to provide funding for a number of young gliding instructor training bursaries. Funding for 2016 is available now. We welcome applications from glider pilots under the age of 25 on application who wish to qualify as either a…

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.

BGA Courses

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The BGA courses webpage has been updated to include a possible CRI(A) course for those CRI(A) certificate holders restricted to towing instruction only who need to revalidate – the only route to revalidation in that case is to complete a CRI(A) course.

BGA Instructor Training

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The BGA modular instructor training handbook has been updated and can be viewed here.