Requirements & Guidance News

Part-FCL licences - CAA exemptions

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An unprecedented delay in the publication by the European Commission of an expected amendment to the Aircrew Regulation has resulted in the need for a number of CAA-issued exemptions that ensure pilots can continue to fly legally under national arrangements beyond 8th April 2018. Please note that these exemptions ONLY…

Update - EASA licensing and the extended opt out for sailplane pilots

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The CAA has been advised that a European Commission amendment to the Aircrew Regulation to extend the opt-out for sailplane pilots to 2020, which was agreed by the EASA Committee in 2017 and was meant to come in force through the amendment for 8 April 18, will not be published…

8.33 kHz radio update

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Given the 8.33 policy changes as the end of the year , the CAA has updated its information available on the CAA website The CAA website includes links to information on; The law change Continuing to operate a 25 kHz radio Common sporting frequencies How to identify an 8.33 frequency…

EASA FCL FAQs - Updated

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The BGA’s published FAQs about EASA Flight Crew Licensing (FCL) requirements have been updated to reflect the European Commission decision to extend the opt-out for pilots of EASA sailplanes until 8th April 2020. Pilots of EASA aeroplanes are reminded that they must hold an EASA PPL(A) or LAPL(A) by 8th…

Pilot Licence Conversion

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The BGA pilot licence conversion guidance has been updated to reflect the revised date by which pilots of EASA sailplanes must hold an EASA FCL SPL or LAPL(S), ie 8th April 2020. Pilots of EASA aeroplanes are respectfully reminded of the need to hold an EASA FCL PPL(A) or LAPL(A)…

The Skyway Code

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The CAA has launched the Skyway Code – a guide to private flying rules, regulations and best practice. It is designed to provide private pilots with easy, quick access to the key information they need, including: pilot responsibilities, pre- flight checks and flight planning, airspace rules and regulations, using aerodromes,…

Managing Flying Risk

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Following previous consultation with clubs and direction from the Executive Committee, we reviewed BGA recommended practices and other gliding good practice detail that for many years had been published in a variety of documents. The aim was to ensure that the relevant information would be drawn into one place. The…

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…

8.33kHz Radio Equipage Funding

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The CAA has released details of the criteria defining the eligibility requirements for claiming the 20% rebate against the costs of equipping aircraft with 8.33kHz radios. The criteria are in CAP1501. Note that you cannot yet make applications for the rebate; the CAA GA Unit hopes to make the application…

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…

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