Safety News

CHIRP Feedback report May 2021

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The latest CHIRP Feedback report is available here. The aim of CHIRP is to contribute to the enhancement of aviation safety in the UK, by providing a totally independent confidential (not anonymous) reporting system for all individuals employed in or associated with these industries.

'Clued Up' Safety Publications

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A link to the CAA’s ‘Clued Up’ safety publications has been added to the main BGA safety management webpage under ‘Awareness and Education’.

Free glider pilot safety publication

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Dr Tony Segal’s publication ‘Glider Pilot Safety and Crashworthiness of Glider Cockpits” is available free of charge. Those wishing to obtain a copy should send an email giving their name and POSTAL address to tony.segal@btinternet.com

AAIB report SB5E G-DEJH on 7th August 2019

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The recently published AAIB report details an accident to SB-5E sailplane G-DEJH, that resulted from an extremely rare in-flight structural failure. We thank the AAIB for their efforts, as well as the BGA subject matter experts who supported the AAIB in their work. We are delighted that the pilot involved…

CAA policy change re ADS-B device use

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Following a change in policy by CAA, SkyEcho 2 users (other ADS-B devices are available) can now legally set the Systems Design Assurance (SDA) flag to ‘1’. This change will mean that the device will be visible to some certified ADS-B systems which previously would have filtered out the signal…

FLARM firmware update

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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. As the update cycle is individual, no generic information is sent out on individual firmware expiration dates. There is a FLARM news sign-up that can help users stay up…

CAA Safety notice - fuel drains

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The CAA has published a safety notice to raise awareness of the risk of engine power loss caused bylockable gascolator fuel drain valves being inadvertently left latched open on general aviation aircraft. You can view the safety notice here.

Situational awareness opportunity

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Electronic conspicuity technology provider PilotAware report that they ‘will provide financial assistance for gliding clubs and users that have a suitable existing OGN installation to upgrade them to the full functionality of PilotAware ATOM GRID sites.  The upgrade will provide a complete virtual radar view of all aircraft detected directly…

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