Requirements & Guidance News

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…

Carriage of Documents

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The CAA has confirmed the requirements for the carriage of documents for aircraft operating under Part-NCO (note that gliders are exempt from these requirements). The detail can be found in CAA Information Notice IN-2016/093.

Grant Aid for 8.33kHz Radio Equipage

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The CAA previously announced that EU funding has been secured to assist GA aircraft owners with the equipage of 8.33kHz radios – see here for details.  The CAA has now advised us that claims will be accepted covering equipage from 16th February 2016 through to 31st December 2017. As the…

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