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Managing Flying Risk updated - hill, ridge and mountain soaring

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Following input from subject matter experts and advice from the AAIB, the BGA publication ‘Managing Flying Risk’ has been updated to include additional guidance for pilot soaring hills, ridges and mountains. The guidance and the associated soaring protocol also assist pilots to interpret how to safely utilise the long-established exemption…

Heading for the hills?

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Heading for the hills this winter? Don’t forget to remind yourself about managing the risks – including how to safely use the hill soaring exemption from SERA requirements. Full details here.

Electronic conspicuity equipment rebate scheme

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Rebates of up to £250 for new Electronic Conspicuity (EC) devices are now available thanks to funding from the Department for Transport (DfT) aimed at encouraging more adoption of EC within the UK’s General Aviation (GA) and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) communities. The CAA will distribute the funds via a…

Latest CHIRP report

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CHIRP FEEDBACK is published to promote aviation safety. Whilst not specifically a gliding or GA related publication, CHIRP reports often include detail applicable to all pilots. The November 2020 report is available here.

Human Factors

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Human factors are issues affecting how pilots operate and include social and personal skills, such as communication and decision making which complement technical skills. Most occurrences leading to incidents or accidents involve an element of human factors. Traditionally in general aviation, human factors have been taught in isolation. Adopting a…

Lookout - supported by electronic conspicuity

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Lookout is the primary method of collision avoidance in class G airspace. Lookout effectiveness can be significantly improved through considered use of electronic conspicuity. Read more here. The DfT has made funding available to rebate up to 50% of the cost of a newly purchased EC device. Read more here.

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…

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