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BGA Newsletter

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The September 2015 edition of the BGA Newsletter is now available for download.

Multiple Risk Factors

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We’re all aware of the individual risks that we need to be on our guard against. We also know that certain circumstances, for example first flight on type, new launch method etc increase the risk associated with any flight. We’re also aware of the higher risk of an accident occurring…

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Is Your Glider Fit For Flight?

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Over the last 41 years, there have been 125 accidents caused by incorrectly rigged gliders, leading to 10 fatalities and 8 serious injuries. These accidents continue to this day. In 2014 alone, 3 gliders were flown with an insecure or unconnected elevator; one flew with insecure wings both of which,…

FES Ground Safety Guidance

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Front Electric Sustainer/Self-launch (FES) powerplants usually drive a foldable propeller. By their nature, FES powerplants are quiet. The attached propeller will spring open and rotate with very high torque. Care is needed around the front of these gliders whenever power is being applied or someone is in the cockpit. The…


Airspace Safety Update

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In June, the working party made up of representatives of the BGA Safety, Airspace and Competitions Committees wrote an open letter to all pilots concerning the need to avoid controlled airspace, including ATZs, and to exercise good airmanship, including communicating with controllers when operating around regional airports, even when in…

Passenger carrying

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Information for pilots regarding passenger carrying has been added in a new webpage. View the page here.

Young Instructor Training Bursaries

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The Honourable Company of Air Pilots and the BGA are working together to provide funding for a number of young gliding instructor training bursaries. These are available to help glider pilots under the age of 25 on application to qualify as either a Basic Instructor or Assistant Instructor. The BI…

Club Management Conference Dates

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A date for the diary: the 2015 BGA Club Management Conference will be held at Warwick University on Saturday 21st November. This conference, focussed on the needs of those involved in running gliding clubs, will appeal especially to club chairmen, treasurers, CFIs and managers. A full agenda will be available…

Ridge flying awareness - model aircraft

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The Meon Valley radio-controlled model soaring club has asked us to note that they fly from three main sites: Butser Hill, Harting Down and HMS Mercury (just west of Clanfield). They advise that they keep a good look out for full-sized gliders and have asked that glider pilots are extra…

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