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Gliding site safeguarding

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Airfield safeguarding is a mechanism to provide information about potential developments near an airfield and give a possibility of some protection against unwanted developments. The BGA Development Committee publish this slide deck that explains what a club needs to do to help to safeguard its airfield and operation. The CAA…

Changes on the BGA Executive Committee

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As required by the BGA Articles of Association, at the 21st February 2024 BGA AGM, the BGA Chair Andy Perkins, Vice-Chair George Metcalfe, and BGA Executive Committee members Bill Brittain and Richard Brickwood stepped down.  The following individuals were nominated and elected by the membership: George Metcalfe (Lasham) as BGA…

BGA Operational Regulation update

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Following the BGA AGM on 21 February 2024, BGA Operational Regulation 38 has been updated to read: “Inspection Before Flight. All gliders operated from a BGA club site shall be inspected before flying on each day by a pilot who has been approved to carry out a daily inspection, who…

Carbon Monoxide detector consultation

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In addressing an AAIB recommendation regarding carbon monoxide detectors, the CAA has published proposals set out in a consultation that are integral to understanding what may be holding pilots back from using this potentially lifesaving equipment, and whether the CAA should be doing more to encourage its adoption. You can…

RAeC Trust Bursaries - closing date 31 March

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The Royal Aero Club Trust provides a number of bursaries each year for pilots aged 14-21 (or 24 for advanced bursaries). The scheme and the bursaries comprise all types of air sports and aviation-related activities including: paragliding, gliding, hang-gliding, parachuting, microlight aircraft, helicopter, ballooning,  light aircraft and the designing, building and…

Latest BGA Training News published

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BGA Training News is sent out to all BGA instructors by email where the BGA office has a current email address. You can view the Winter 2024 BGA Training News here.

NATS proposal monetises airspace

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Integration of drones into all airspace is an element of the CAA’s Airspace Modernisation Strategy. National Air Traffic Services (NATS), the UK’s leading provider of air traffic control commercial services, is consulting on its vision of supporting integrated airspace.  According to NATS, ‘OpenAir’ aims to provide a universal data sharing…

National grid plans more pylons

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The National Grid are currently undertaking significant projects to expand the country’s power distribution network. These projects feed into the “great grid update”, described by National Grid as “the largest overhaul of the electricity grid in generations.” The projects include reinforcement of existing high voltage power network in areas which…

British Gliding Team in 2024

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We’re pleased to report the following British Gliding Team plans for 2024: World Gliding Championship – Uvalde, Texas, USA 18m class – Ian MacArthur / Peter Harvey 20m class – Steve Jones / Garry Coppin Open class – Tim Jenkinson / Russell Cheetham Junior World Gliding Championship – Ostrow Wielkopolski,…

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