Requirements & Guidance News

Launch signalling

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The BGA has reviewed the published launch signalling requirements taking into consideration a recent AAIB recommendation and other developments. Text proposed by BGA sub-committee and club CFI subject matter experts has been accepted by the Executive Committee. As a result, subject to agreement by member clubs at the next AGM,…

BGA guidance for SPL holders updated to reflect Part-SFCL

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The BGA publication ‘Guidance for SPL holders’ has been updated to reflect the Part-SFCL changes. You can view the document here. Please note that as previously reported, pilots of EASA sailplanes including powered sailplanes including TMGs may continue to use BGA certificates and national licences until 8 April 2021.  

Sailplane Flight Crew Licensing (SFCL)

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The BGA ‘Pilot Licence Conversion’ webpage has been updated to reflect that on 8th April 2020 Part-SFCL rules replaced the previously applicable Part-FCL rules. Previously issued LAPL(S) and SPL licences are automatically deemed to be SFCL SPL’s and where those SPL privileges are used, the SFCL requirements apply. Please note…

Class Rating Instructor (CRI) revalidation requirements updated

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A CAA ‘Training Com Update’ has noted that under a revision to the Flight Crew Licensing rules, aeroplane CRI revalidation requirements have been updated to require ‘two out of three’. CRI’s are advised to review the detail of ‘FCL.940.CRI CRI – Revalidation and renewal’.

COVID19 - authorisation extending BGA medical requirement expiry dates

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The ongoing COVID19 situation will result in some glider pilots and instructors not being able to comply with BGA medical requirements because they are unable to access a GP or AME. Following advice from a BGA medical advisor, the BGA has published an authorisation extending BGA medical requirement expiry dates…

COVID19 CAA exemption re aeroplane licences, ratings, medicals, privileges and endorsements

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The CAA has published an exemption that extends validity and other time periods for EASA licences, ratings, medicals, privileges, endorsements and certificates of aeroplane and helicopter pilots, instructors and examiners. You can view the exemption here. A further similar CAA exemption addressing sailplane and balloon licences, etc should be published…

CAA Pilot Medical Declaration Exemption - important information

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As previously reported, the CAA has issued advice that the current exemption that allows pilots holding EASA Part FCL PPL(A) and LAPL(A) to self-declare their medical fitness, that was due to expire on Wednesday 8 April 2020, has been extended to remain in place until 8 November 2020. As previously…

Part MED temporary exemption for LAPL(A) and PPL(A) holders

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The CAA has published an exemption from the requirement for holders of a Part-FCL PPL(A) and LAPL(A) to hold an EASA Part-MED Medical Certificate when operating an EASA Aircraft. The exemption expires in November 2020. You can read the detail here. Note: as previously reported, there is no requirement for…

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