Airworthiness News

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…

Recreational air sport airworthiness liaison

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The BGA, BMAA and LAA airworthiness departments have met to discuss several issues of joint interest including safety management, services provided, regulator challenges, and potential joint interests. Although there is regular dialogue between the organisations on many matters, this successful and useful meeting focused on airworthiness will be repeated in…

New BGA inspectors

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Since October 2020, EU-regulation and subsequently UK retained EU-regulation requires those certifying Part-21 sailplanes to hold a Part-66L licence. The BGA worked with inspectors and the CAA to ensure that all existing inspectors were able to obtain a licence based on existing privileges and thereby continue to certify Part-21 sailplanes,…

Pilot-owner maintenance seminars

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There has been unprecedented demand for the BGA pilot-owner maintenance seminars planned through to March 2022. As a result the currently planned seminars are fully booked. Additional seminars have been arranged at the Midland GC and for the Scottish Gliding Centre. We intend to hold further weekend pilot-owner maintenance seminars…

Use of EASA or EU approved maintenance facilities

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As previously reported and as published here, following Brexit, the owner or operator of a UK registered aircraft can continue to use an organisation that holds a Part CAO or Part M Subpart F approval issued by EASA or an EU member state where that approval was issued prior to…

Airworthiness Directive - Schleicher Wooden Sailplanes

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EASA has published an update to their Proposed Airworthiness Directive (PAD) on wooden sailplane elevator root ribs. This now mandatory Airworthiness Directive (AD) supersedes LBA Germany AD 72-7/3 from 1989 (originally 1972). The AD can be downloaded here. The BGA Chief Technical Officer has sent information to owners and BGA…

Pilot owner / club maintenance courses

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The very popular BGA pilot owner/club maintenance course is designed to support those involved with helping to maintain gliders at their club or to maintain their own glider. It’s an ideal step for anyone planning to be a BGA inspector. The course aims to give more knowledge (especially with the…

BGA TNS 2-2021

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A BGA Technical News Sheet (TNS) is published periodically using text and photo’s to highlight general and specific airworthiness matters including those reported by inspectors and owners. All inspectors and aircraft owners are encouraged to read the latest TNS. The recently published BGA Technical News Sheet 2-2021 is available here.

E10 unleaded fuel

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From 1st September 2021, 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 industry is prepared for the change to ‘E10’, many powered aircraft that are fuelled by mogas have the potential…