Airworthiness News

New LAA Chief Inspector

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Lucy Wootton will become the new LAA Chief Inspector, commencing late August 2022.  Lucy has a wide experience of engineering and recreational flying. After gaining an Honours Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Loughborough University, she has worked for Rolls-Royce and as an Aircraft Structural Repair Design Engineer. She is also…

Urgent - ASW15 owners

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A recent airworthiness directive (AD) applicable to ASW15’s lists serial numbers 15001 to 15183, which were built with wooden root ribs. However, two later serial numbered ASW15’s have been checked in accordance with the AD and in both cases found to have wooden root ribs and subsequently  failed the AD…

SF25 Airworthiness Directive

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The CAA and EASA (the State of design) have issued an AD for the SF25.   This further clarifies the rather poorly worded previous ADs on this topic. EASA Safety Publications Tool (europa.eu) EASA EAD 2022-0066-E: Scheibe SF 25 Powered Sailplanes: Flight Controls – Control Stick – Inspection / Replacement (caa.co.uk)

Part66L e-examinations

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Since autumn 2020, prospective new BGA inspectors who intend to certify maintenance of Part-21 sailplanes, powered sailplanes and TMGs have needed to qualify for a Part-66L licence. The required CAA theoretical knowledge examinations have not been available until now. The CAA e-examination system which houses PPL theoretical knowledge examinations has…

BGA Inspectors

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BGA inspectors are a highly valued and important part of UK gliding. Their experience and skills are regularly relied on by gliding clubs and private owners. BGA inspectors are required to understand and comply with the applicable airworthiness and maintenance requirements, including the BGA Airworthiness Exposition and other airworthiness and…

Airworthiness and maintenance support

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To support clubs and their members, the BGA provides an airworthiness management and maintenance organisation that holds a CAA Continuing Airworthiness Organisation (CAO) approval as well as BCAR approvals. The approvals are underpinned by the Exposition and other technical information that is updated from time to time. You can read…

Post-Brexit non-UK maintenance approvals

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The post-Brexit Trade and Commerce agreement does not include an aviation maintenance annex. As a result, as previously reported, maintenance certified under EASA approvals is not acceptable under UK Part M and UK Part ML. So EASA Form 1’s associated with maintained/refurbished parts cannot be accepted in the UK from…

Ethanol in fuel

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Aircraft owners are advised to ensure that they are using the correct fuel as directed by the type certificate holder. As previously reported, the Government has mandated that all regular unleaded petrol will increase ethanol content up to 10%. This change will result in reduced CO2 emissions. While the car…

Form 1's from 31st March 2022

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Following the UK’s exit from the EU and EASA, engine and component maintenance organisations that hold an approval issued by an EASA Member State or EASA and who wish to continue to supply maintained engines and components certified with an EASA Form 1 to the UK industry from 1 April…

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