Requirements & Guidance News

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…

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…

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.

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…

8.33 kHz radio update

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Given the 8.33 policy changes as the end of the year , the CAA has updated its information available on the CAA website The CAA website includes links to information on; The law change Continuing to operate a 25 kHz radio Common sporting frequencies How to identify an 8.33 frequency…

Transponder Use

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Pilots are reminded that Standardised European Rules of the Air require that aircraft equipped with a serviceable transponder shall operate the transponder at all times during flight. Aircraft without sufficient electrical power supply are exempt from the requirement. If equipped with a transponder and an electrical charging system, it is…

Pilot Licence Conversion

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The BGA pilot licence conversion guidance has been updated to reflect the revised date by which pilots of EASA sailplanes must hold an EASA FCL SPL or LAPL(S), ie 8th April 2020. Pilots of EASA aeroplanes are respectfully reminded of the need to hold an EASA FCL PPL(A) or LAPL(A)…