Safety News

Opposing circuits

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As described in the BGA publication ‘Managing Flying Risk’, opposing circuits (also known as mirror circuits) to the same landing area involve gliders and/or tugs potentially approaching each other on the base leg at a relatively high combined speed when the attention of both pilots is inevitably concentrated on positioning…

Guidance for pilots of self-sustaining and self-launching sailplanes

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‘Managing Flying Risk’, the BGA publication that captures in one place good practice guidance on all aspects of gliding, has been updated to include specific guidance for pilots of self-sustaining and self-launching sailplanes. The guidance was developed with the help of very experienced pilots. ‘Managing Flying Risk’ can be viewed…

Occurrence reporting

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We all benefit from incident and accident reporting and the associated just culture. Reporting isn’t about blame – it’s in most part about understanding issues and trends. Trend monitoring allows us to help clubs to address maintenance, flying and other support issues. Regardless of the aircraft type or certification regime…

Review of UK General Aviation Safety

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The CAA has published the report following a government sponsored independent review of general aviation safety in the UK. You can view the report here.

'First Flight' poster

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A safe first flight follows meticulous and risk-averse preparation. A poster has been produced by the BGA Safety Committee that aims to inform and remind all those involved. Fuller guidance on the conduct of first flights can be found in the BGA publication ‘Managing Flying Risk’. Hard copies of the…

Proposed changes to low level met forecast

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The CAA is consulting on the proposed ‘GA MET’ area forecast for low-level flights.  The proposal is for the GAMET Service to replace the existing AIRMET service. More details including an example of the new forecast can be found at https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/services/transport/aviation/regulated Responses should be submitted to the metauthority@caa.co.uk by the…

Managing Flying Risk updated

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The BGA publication ‘Managing Flying Risk’ aims to provide all glider pilots and clubs with practical and hard-learned good practice and guidance about managing risk in gliding collated into one online document. The information is periodically updated following consultation with subject matter experts. A revised version of Managing Flying Risk…

Know your limits...

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This is the time of year when some pilots are fortunate enough to be flying in wave and along ridges, sometimes in challenging conditions and often at speed. Of course all gliders have limitations including speed limits laid down by the designer, who will have used JAR-22 or more recently…

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