Safety News

BGA Guidance re Overflights of Winch Sites

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A number of clubs are becoming increasingly concerned about overflights of their winch launch site. We are keen to collect data about this hazard and so request that all overflights of winch launch sites that are of concern are reported to the BGA using the BGA incident and accident report…

New Safety Committee Chairman

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Following earlier approval by the BGA Executive Committee, Tim Freegarde, an experienced gliding instructor and BGA inspector, has taken over the role of BGA Safety Committee chairman. The Safety Committee is one of a small number of specialist sub-committees appointed by and reporting to the Executive Committee in support of…

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…

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…

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…

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