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Four 1000 km flights flown on the longest day

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On Wed 20th June, a cold front was followed on the longest day, 21st June, by a ridge of high pressure and awesome thermal soaring conditions over most of the UK. On the 21st June, those fortunate to be able to do so flew numerous long flights, including FOUR 1000…

T61 National C of A

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As owners of T62 Falkes will be aware, the aircraft are n0n-EASA aircraft and need to be transferred to national C of A and National ARC (NARC). Following a lot of work in the past by Jim Hammerton and more recently by BGA CTO Gordon MacDonald, the CAA have just…

Drone mid air conflict awarenesss

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The CAA and the UK Airprox Board have made it clear that the number of reported airprox with drones (also known as unmanned airborne systems, UAVs, etc) is increasing year on year. The government is introducing legislation regarding drone operation near ‘protected airfields’, which by definition does not include most air sport…

8.33 kHz radios

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European law requires all aircraft operating in UK airspace that need to carry a radio to be equipped with 8.33 kHz capable radio equipment. The CAA has reminded airspace users that they must not use a 25 kHz radio on an 8.33 kHz channel. There are temporary exemptions in place…


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Dates and venues have been confirmed for next year’s national championships. These are:- Club Class, Aston Down, 25th May to 2nd June 2019 18m and 20m Multi-Seat Classes, Husbands Bosworth, 13-21st July 2019 Open, Standard and 15m Classes, Lasham, 3-11th August 2019 Junior, Nympsfield, 17-25th August 2019.

Ofcom to issue aeronautical radio licences

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The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has advised that although it is currently contracted to administer radio licences for UK aircraft and ground stations on behalf of Ofcom, Ofcom has decided that in future it will issue aeronautical radio licences itself. The new arrangements are expected to be in place from…

Pilot Licence Conversion Update

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The BGA’s pilot licence conversion webpage has been updated to reflect the recent publication of a CAA temporary exemption that until 8 April 2019 allows pilots of EASA aeroplanes to choose to continue to operate in the UK using their UK PPL or NPPL limited to the privileges of a…

BGA News June 2018

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The June 2018 edition of BGA News has been published. You can read it here.

New round of 8.33 equipage EU funding

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The CAA has negotiated an extension to the EU Funding scheme and a fourth call period is now open. This will close on 30 September 2018 and supports the impending change of law on 01 January 2019 where, if your flight mandates carriage of a radio, then it must be…

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