Requirements & Guidance News

Independent panel to be created to review complaints against CAA decision process

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The Department for Transport (DfT), working in collaboration with the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), has announced its intention to create a new independent panel to strengthen transparency around decision-making and drive forward best practice regulatory processes at the CAA. The panel will sit outside of the CAA and will…

New rules for towing a trailer with a car from autumn 2021

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The law regarding towing trailers is going to change later in 2021. It will mean that if you passed your car driving test from 1 January 1997, you’ll be allowed to tow trailers up to 3,500kg MAM without taking a car and trailer driving test. Car and trailer driving tests…

Representation and Consultation

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The BGA Representation and Consultation webpage has been updated to provide a link to CAA information detailing the UK’s post-Brexit legislation programme. You can view the BGA webpage here.

Ofcom EMF licence condition guide

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As previously reported, Ofcom has published a guide describing how to comply with their EMF licence condition. In summary, the guide makes it clear that in most normal cases of glider/tug radio and transponder use, no action is required. You can view the Ofcom guide here.

BGA instructor revalidation and renewal requirements

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Recognising the Governments Covid restrictions that applied to gliding through 2020 and part of 2021 would impact the opportunity for gliding instructors to subsequently revalidate or renew their BGA instructor ratings, the BGA published temporary revalidation and renewal requirements for instructors. Those temporary requirements still apply. On 1st October 2021,…

Launch type training guidance updated

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The BGA SFCL compliant training webpage ‘launch type training guidance’ has been updated. This includes guidance on gaining handling experience in a self-launching sailplane using a launch method that is more familiar to the pilot. You can view the information here.  

CAA GA Pilot Licence Review

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As previously reported, the CAA is extending the exemption from the need to comply with Sailplane Flight Crew Licensing (SFCL) rules by 24 months, ie to 8 December 2023. The reason for the extension is that the CAA has decided to carry out a GA pilot licence review. SFCL continues…

Exceptions to the (UK) SERA minimum height requirements

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The CAA has published ORS4 No.1496: (UK) Standardised European Rules of the Air – Exceptions to the Minimum Height Requirements, which replaces ORS1479 with effect from 28 June 2021. This ORS4 enables exceptions to the (UK) SERA Minimum Height requirements in order that aircraft may be operated in accordance with…

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…

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