Requirements & Guidance News

Ofcom EMF licence condition guide

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Following feedback from air sport bodies including the BGA and the LAA, Ofcom has published a guide describing how to comply with Ofcom’s EMF licence condition. In summary, the Ofcom EMF licence condition guidance makes it clear that in most normal cases of glider/tug radio and transponder use, no action…

Bronze and Cross Country Endorsements

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The BGA Bronze and Cross Country Endorsements prepare pilots for soaring and flight beyond gliding range of the airfield. Following a review, the soaring requirement part of the Cross Country endorsement has been updated to remove the requirement for a two-hour soaring flight after release. The requirement for a one-hour…

Covid restarting gliding information updated

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Changes in England under the Covid Step 3 legislation effective from 17th May 2021 have been reflected in the BGA-published Covid restarting gliding information.

Guidance on crossing the UK border with a glider

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Following the third in a series of meetings between BGA, BBAC, HMRC and Borders, guidance on crossing the UK border with a glider (or balloon) in a trailer has been updated. You can view the information here.

Medical Requirements

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The BGA medical requirements have been updated to include medical requirements when using BGA pilot certificate privileges, medical requirements when using CAA licence privileges, and the availability of the CAA Pilot Medical Declaration. Full details including a link to the BGA medical requirements are available here.

SPL - 8th December 2021

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From 8th December 2021, the UK Sailplane Pilot Flight Crew Licensing (UK-SFCL) rules require pilots of Part-21 sailplanes (ie what used to be called EASA sailplanes) to hold and use the privileges of a Sailplane Pilot Licence (SPL). Full details including FAQ’s are available here.

Pilot Medical Declaration update

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The CAA has issued an exemption that permits SPL holders (and those converting to an SPL) to make a Pilot Medical Declaration when only operating aircraft with a MTOM of 2000kg or less provided they reasonably believe that they meet the medical requirements for a Group 1 (Car) Licence issued…

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.

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