Requirements & Guidance News

Sailplane Pilot Licence (SPL) Conversion

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As reported many times previously, pilots of Part 21 sailplanes (formerly described as EASA sailplanes) are required to hold an SPL by 8th December 2021. The SPL conversion webpage has been updated to include several new FAQs and the flexibility in SPL medical requirements introduced by the change in law…

BGA Instructor Requirements updated

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BGA Instructor Requirements have been updated to include the temporary BGA instructor revalidation/renewal requirements implemented in response to the pandemic and leading into compliance with SFCL from 8th December 2021. You can view the ‘BGA Instructor Requirements’ publication here.

CAA New Medical Records System Launch

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The CAA has published information about its new medical records system. From March 29th 2021, anyone who needs to arrange a class 2 or LAPL medical certificate or make a pilot medical declaration, or wishes to view their CAA medical record, will need to hold a CAA Customer Portal Account…

Using a UK SPL to fly in the EU

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The BGA guidance on using a UK-issued SPL to fly in the EU has been updated. You can view the detail here.

BGA AMP 'Buying and Selling aircraft' updated

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The BGA AMP publication ‘Buying and Selling Aircraft’ has been updated to include guidance on importing or exporting aircraft following EU and EASA exit. The document can be viewed here.

Skyway Code - March 2021

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The CAA has reissued the Skway Code that now includes the following: Reflects the UK’s departure from the EU and guidance on the associated changes Updates to all aeronautical information, including radio frequencies and frequency monitoring codes Radiotelephony exchanges to reflect latest CAP 413 guidance Enhanced guidance for the use…

DfT Covid-19 GA guidance updated

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The DfT has updated its Covid-19 guidance for GA in respect of ‘Step 1 – 29th March’, which now states that ‘training for leisure or recreational purposes should not take place where rules around social distancing cannot be followed.’  There are no other updates to the guidance. The DfT Covid-19…

Pilot Medical Declaration and sub-2000kg aircraft

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In implementing the change in UK law permitting SPL holders and others to fly in the UK using a Pilot Medical Declaration, the CAA has unfortunately placed SPL holders into a category of pilots required to comply with CAA additional excluding criteria relevant to 5700kg aircraft. The BGA, along with…

Pilot Medical Declaration and Class 2 medical certificates

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Some pilots have reported that they have been advised by Aero Medical Examiners that a Pilot Medical Declaration (PMD) invalidates any existing Class 2 medical certificate. That is not correct. The CAA has advised the BGA today that provided there has been no deterioration in fitness, and that there are…

Sailplane Pilot Licence Conversion

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Under UK retained EU law, pilots of Part-21 sailplanes (formerly described as EASA sailplanes) including powered sailplanes including TMGs need to hold a Sailplane Pilot Licence (SPL) by 8 December 2021. Read more here, including how to join the more than 1300 pilots who now hold SPL privileges.

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