Requirements & Guidance News

Updated CAP 168 for Licenced Aerodromes

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Potentially of interest to the few gliding clubs based on licenced aerodromes, the CAA has recently published a new issue of CAP168, which sets out the standards required at UK National licensed aerodromes relating management systems, operational procedures, physical characteristics, assessment and treatment of obstacles, visual aids, rescue and fire-fighting…

EASA sailplane pilot licencing CAA temporary exemption update

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As expected, the CAA has recently issued a temporary exemption permitting pilots of EASA sailplanes to continue to operate without an EASA licence until 7 April 2020. The BGA Pilot Licence Conversion webpage information has been updated. Please read more here.

Managing Flying Risk Updated

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Gliding is an ever-evolving air sport. Glider performance and pilot soaring knowledge and skill is improving all the time, and technology is helping us make the most of the weather. The important basics do not change that much. But they can be easily overlooked or forgotten. ‘Managing Flying Risk’ aims…

Canopy closed and locked...

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The BGA Executive Committee has recently accepted a recommendation from the Instructors Committee to modify the BGA pre-flight check list to move ‘canopy – closed, locked and doesn’t open with applied pressure’ to the end of the checklist. As a result, CBSIFTCBE has changed to CBSIFTBEC. The change follows an…

Sailplane Operations Rules

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Rules for the operation of sailplanes have been published in the Official Journal of the EU and will apply from 9 July 2019. The complementing AMC and GM will be published by EASA beginning of 2019. This new regulation will replace the sailplane specific rules of Part-NCO and Part-CAT(S) of…

Guidance for SPL and LAPL(S) holders

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A significant number of pilots hold either an SPL or a LAPL(S) which they use in countries that require it. The SPL and LAPL(S) are of course issued for life. To exercise licence privileges, the pilot must meet rolling recency requirements. BGA guidance is available here.

Pilot Licence Conversion Update

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The BGA’s pilot licence conversion webpage has been updated to reflect the recent publication of a CAA temporary exemption that until 8 April 2019 allows pilots of EASA aeroplanes to choose to continue to operate in the UK using their UK PPL or NPPL limited to the privileges of a…

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…

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