Requirements & Guidance News

BGA Instructor Ratings

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The COVID19 situation has resulted in a situation where the normal process of BGA instructor rating revalidation or renewal is difficult or impossible. A modified risk-based process through which club CFIs can safely and promptly revalidate or renew BGA instructor ratings has been developed, agreed and supplied to all club…

Instructors and pilots

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Guidance describing a revised process that will enable club CFI’s to safely and efficiently renew BGA instructors ratings which have lapsed this year will be sent to BGA club CFIs and posted on this website later this month. The CAA has published a temporary exemption to assist commercial pilots whose…

Exemption extending the Part-FCL theoretical knowledge examination period

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The CAA has issued a temporary exemption permitting a 6-month extension of the allowable period of time for all candidates currently undertaking theoretical knowledge examinations for the issue of a Part-FCL licence, ie from 18 months to 24 months. You can view the exemption here.

LAPL medical - an insiders guide

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Dr Tracy Ashton, a GP and BGA medical advisor, has provided a useful info sheet for those contemplating the LAPL medical, which currently supports the LAPL(S) and from 8 Apr 20 will support the SPL. You can view the ‘LAPL medical – an insiders guide’ here. Please note that in…

NPPL privileges end for pilots of EASA aeroplanes from 8 April 2020

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The CAA has today advised that “UK national private pilot licence holders are not able to fly an aeroplane with an EASA certificate of airworthiness from 8th April 2020 due to an EASA derogation expiring on 7th April and not being renewed.  The change does not affect balloons or sailplanes…

SFCL implementing rules published

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The European Commission has published the new Sailplane Flight Crew Licensing (SFCL) implementing rules. When the Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material (AMC and GM) have been published, we will finalise the revised UK conversion details with the UK CAA taking into consideration any changes relating to SFCL and…

BGA Operational Regulations updated

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Following approval at the BGA AGM on 29 February 2020, BGA Operational Regulations 18 and 20 have been updated to clarify details of the required experience for pilots carrying passengers and for the supervision of pilots. The details are available here.

Medical certificate exemption for PPL(A) and LAPL(A) ends 8 April 2020

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As previously reported, pilots using the privileges of a PPL(A) or LAPL(A) to fly EASA aeroplanes are permitted via a CAA exemption to use the UK’s pilot medical self declaration until 8 April 2020. The CAA has been trying to identify how to continue that medical exemption beyond 8th April…

G-INFO - owners address

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The CAA has recently reminded owners of aircraft on the UK register that they do not have to use their private residential address on the register. The CAA now recommends that the most appropriate address for the distribution of safety related material is used, as the address in the aircraft…

Revised EASA sailplane pilot licensing rules

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The EASA Flight Crew Licensing (FCL) rules for sailplane pilots have been reviewed and, as a result, revised and simpler EASA ‘Sailplane FCL (SFCL) rules will be available from April 2020. The SFCL rules include a number of helpful simplifications compared to the existing FCL sailplane licensing rules. For example,…

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