Safety News

Emergency Parachutes

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The BGA publication ‘Managing Flying Risk’ notes that parachutes should be maintained and stored in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions. The BGA safety briefing ‘Parachuting after a mid-air collision’ is available here.  The BGA’s Safety and Training YouTube channel includes a bailout presentation by G Dale that is based on his…

Winter Gliding

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Our generally mild climate means that many of our clubs fly throughout the winter. However, there are a number of factors that we need to consider while enjoying winter flying, not least of which is making sure we’re dressed for the weather. Wind chill is a significant issue and can…

Safe Winch Launching

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The BGA safe winch launching webpage has been updated. The professionally narrated video ‘how to winch launch safely Part 1’ is an excellent briefing and refresher for pilots of all experience levels. Watch the video here.

Club Safety Officer seminars

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Dates and venues so far for this winters Club Safety Officer seminars have been published here. Bookings are made via the BGA office.

Bailing Out Information

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The BGA safety briefing ‘Parachuting after a mid-air collision’ is available here.  More recently, the BGA has posted on its Safety and Training YouTube channel a bailout presentation by G Dale that is based on his own experience. The presentation can be viewed here.  

Avoiding Gliding site overflight

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The BGA has written to the NATMAC membership, which covers the widest cross section of airspace user representatives and organisations, as well as the GA press to raise awareness of the need to fly clear of gliding sites.  The briefing document is available here. Please feel free to send it…

Drone mid air conflict awarenesss

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The CAA and the UK Airprox Board have made it clear that the number of reported airprox with drones (also known as unmanned airborne systems, UAVs, etc) is increasing year on year. The government is introducing legislation regarding drone operation near ‘protected airfields’, which by definition does not include most air sport…

BGA Motor Glider Handbook

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The BGA Motor Glider Handbook has been updated and is available here. The handbook provides good practice guidance for clubs, pilots and owners that operate SLMG, self-launching sailplane, TMG or microlight sailplane aircraft, regardless of which regulatory system applies.  

Fit for Flight?

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Is your glider (or the club glider you are flying) fit for flight? This safety briefing includes vitally important information. Please note that positive checks are essential for gliders that are not equipped with self-connecting controls. A recent accident investigation has identified that an unapproved modification to a glider with…

2017 Accident Review

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The 2017 accident review has been published and is essential reading for glider pilots of all experience levels. The document can be viewed here.

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