Requirements & Guidance News

COVID-19 update

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On 21st February, the Government published details on the ending of the remaining COVID-19 legal restrictions in the paper Living with COVID-19. It was confirmed that as of Thursday 24th February, there is no longer a legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive test result. Close contacts of a positive…

Flying outside the UK using a UK issued SPL

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The UK is a third country and ICAO signatory. As a result, pilots from the UK who fly in other ICAO signatory countries are required to comply with ICAO requirements. For sailplane pilots, the ICAO requirement is an SPL with a class 2 medical. The EU and the UK have…

CAA FRTOL and aeroplane licence application update

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The CAA’s online application form for the initial issue of a UK Part-FCL PPL(A), LAPL(A), and/or an FRTOL has been updated and renamed SRG1105. This will soon replace the paper (PDF) application form SRG1105A. From 15th April 2022, an SRG1105A will only be accepted when applying for a national PPL(A)…

Rules of the Air

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Standardised European Rules of the Air (SERA) and several UK National differences to SERA apply to all pilots flying in UK airspace. The CAA also publishes CAP1535 ‘The Skyway Code’, which includes a large amount of information including Rules of the Air published in an accessible format. Full details including…

Changes to aviation law

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All pilots are reminded that the BGA publishes details of applicable law and BGA requirements and guidance under Laws and Rules. Please note that following EU-exit, the law that applies to aviation rights and obligations is now all UK law and includes the retained EU Regulations, as amended by an…

CAA decision introducing change to SERA regarding access to RMZ and TMZ airspace

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Following the UK’s exit from the EU and EASA, EU and EASA regulation has been retained under UK law (see BGA Laws and Rules for details). SERA.6005 contained within the Annex to Regulation (EU) No 923/2012 (as retained and amended in UK domestic law) includes requirements for communications and SSR…

Medical fitness to fly

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It is a personal responsibility of pilots to be fit for flight, and especially to recognise the adverse effects of short term illness, alcohol, drugs, or fatigue. Detailed guidance is available here. The BGA has specific medical requirements that apply at all BGA clubs. You can read the detail here.

CAA Flight Crew Licensing forms

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The CAA are reducing the use of paper Flight Crew Licensing application forms by replacing existing (PDF) paper forms with online forms. Once a new online form has been published, there will an 8 week transition period during which the PDF applications are accepted by CAA. After this 8 weeks…

R/T Examiners

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The CAA has reported that all R/T Examiners whose certificate is valid on 31st December 2021 (or are in receipt of an extension email) may consider those privileges extended to 31st May 2022. This extension facilitates the introduction of a new training and testing process for the FRTOL.