Safety News

Take-off performance in exceptionally warm weather

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The weather forecast for this weekend and next week shows that temperatures especially in the South and Midlands of the United Kingdom will be above 30°C. Pilots are advised to give more attention to their aircraft’s degraded performance when flying during this exceptionally hot weather. Safety Sense Leaflet No 7…

Induction Icing

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Induction, or ‘carburettor’, icing is probably responsible for several accidents every year. Some aircraft are more vulnerable than others. If you fly a powered aircraft that uses a carburettor, and in particular a T61 motor glider which is a type known to be highly vulnerable to carb icing, this CAA…

CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK Edition 92

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This edition of CHIRP GA FEEDBACK looks back at the previous 12 months and also includes thoughts on camera and equipment mounts, how to check that you’ve heard air traffic information service information correctly, and more.

Military Civil Air Safety Day (MCASD) RAF Halton on 7th July 2022

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The Military Civil Air Safety Day (MCASD) at RAF Halton on 7th July 2022 includes a series of presentations by the UK AIRPROX Board, the CAA, AOPA and GASCo starting at 1100 hours and finishing for lunch at 1300 hours. Either side of those presentations, between 0900 and 1600 hours…

BGA safety team hosted by the AAIB

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Safe gliding keeps things fun. The BGA safety team includes a small group of volunteer investigators led by Chris Heames. In the rare event of something going wrong, the group supports investigations with the aim of avoiding a repeat. Thanks to the DfT’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch, members of the…

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.

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