Safety News

Strip Sense

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The CAA has published an updated ‘Strip Sense’ safety leaflet. The information will be of particular interest to pilots operating tugs, self-launch and TMGs from smaller airfields or who get involved with airborne retrieves. You can download the leaflet here.

Flying with an active carbon monoxide detector

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The CAA has published a helpful short video describing an occurrence whilst aerotowing that demonstrates the benefit of installing an active carbon monoxide detector. You can view the short video clip here.  

AAIB report - Silent 2 Electro

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Following the AAIB investigation into a serious accident involving a Silent 2 Electro, the BGA has provided additional expert guidance in support of owner/operators of that type of self-launching sailplane. You can view the AAIB report here. The additional guidance is detailed here.

Gliding Operations Safety Bowtie

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A bowtie is a visual tool which depicts risk and provides an opportunity to identify and assess the key safety barriers either in place, or those lacking, between a safe and an unsafe outcome. Gliding instructor Alan Swan has developed a bowtie for the RAF Gliding and Soaring Association that…

Avoiding mid-air collision

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Lookout is the primary method of collision avoidance in class G airspace. It’s important to recognise that effective lookout requires technique supported by other attributes available to pilots. There is very important information published here, including a short video, that all glider pilots should be aware of.

Updated guidance on operating towing aircraft

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BGA detailed guidance on glider towing and the operation of towing aircraft has been updated to expand the section on operating tail wheel aircraft. You can read the information here.

FLARM and GPS moving map updates

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FLARM uses a rolling release cycle requiring an annual update. Each update can be applied anytime during a rolling one-year period. You can read more here. Aviation charts change every year and as a result GPS navigation airspace files need updating. You can read more here. Latest edition 1/2 mil…

Accident review 2021

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The ‘Accident Review 2021’ document has been published. This helpful safety briefing is aimed at anyone involved in gliding. You can view the document here. Gliding clubs can request hard copies from the BGA office. Our thanks to Hill Aviation Insurance Services and Allianz for their support.  

GASCo Airspace Infringement Avoidance Webinar

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In this hour and a half long webinar which will be a repeat of the webinar held on 1st February 2022, GASCo Regional Safety Officers will provide information on how to avoid having an airspace infringement. It will contain tips and suggestions, quizzes and an example of airspace pre-flight planning…

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