Requirements & Guidance News

Sailplane Air Operations rules

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As previously published, the Sailplane Air Operations rules apply to EASA sailplanes including powered sailplanes which includes TMGs from the 9th July 2019. You can read more here.  

Sailplane Air Operations rules

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As previously advised, fromĀ 9th July 2019 EASA sailplanes including powered sailplanes including TMGs are subject to EASA’s Part-SAO (Sailplane Air Operations) rules. EASA aeroplanes have for some time been subject to EASA’s Part-NCO (Non-Complex Operations) rules. All pilots of EASA aircraft are encouraged to make themselves familiar with the relevantĀ legal…

Guidance for SPL and LAPL(S) holders

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Pilots who choose to use SPL or LAPL(S) privileges (eg when flying outside the UK or when flying a TMG) are reminded that there are a number of associated recency and other requirements. The BGA published ‘Guidance for SPL and LAPL(S) holders’ provides a helpful summary of the requirements. Read…

Aviation Strategy 2050

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The UK Government is consulting on its Aviation Strategy 2050, which aims to set out the long term vision for aviation to 2050 . The BGA is engaged with the consultation. You can read more here.

Sailplane Air Operations rules coming soon

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EASA’s new sailplane operations rules were extracted from the original EASA air operations rules (except for the authority requirements, which remain) and have been published in a new, separate regulation only addressing sailplane air operations. The new regulation establishes simpler rules, proportionate to the complexity and risk level of sailplane…

Additional Gliding Radio Channels

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As previously noted, a number of additional 8.33 channels have been allocated for gliding use. The allocations and use have been approved by CAA and Ofcom and apply with immediate effect. All pilots are strongly advised to note the updated gliding channels as published in the BGA publication Managing Flying…

Airspace Change Proposal Links

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To assist those trying to locate CAP1616 airspace change proposal information, we have added a number of ACP quick links to our Representation and Consultation webpage. Read more here.  

Continuing Exemption from EASA Flight Crew Licencing Rules

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As previously published, the EASA Flight Crew Licensing (FCL) rules for sailplane pilots are being reviewed and, as a result, revised and simpler EASA ‘Sailplane FCL’ rules are expected to come into force in April 2021. Some time ago the UK CAA issued temporary exemptions from the requirement for pilots…

EASA Sailplane Rulebook

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The first version of EASA’s new Sailplane Rulebook includes the Sailplane Operations rules (effective from July 2019) and the Certification of Sailplanes (effective now). You can view the Sailplane Rulebook here. The next version should additionally include the new sailplane pilot licensing rules which are currently working their way through…

EASA Aeroplane and TMG pilot licencing CAA temporary exemption update

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The UK CAA has recently published CAA exemption no 1293 re the requirement to hold a Part-FCL Light Aircraft Pilot Licence (LAPL) when acting as pilot in command of a UK registered aeroplane or TMG with an EASA Certificate of Airworthiness or EASA Permit to Fly within the privileges of…

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