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Land Ahead If Safe To Do So

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A new safety briefing has been published reinforcing the established advice following a winch launch failure to ‘land ahead if it is safe to do so’. The existence of heavy sink overhead or close to the launch site is an additional hazard associated with turning after a failed winch launch….

2017 Competition Rules Published

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The 2017 Competition Rulebook has been published. The new edition includes a number of significant changes which are summarised in the first few pages of the document.

Competitions Committee Recruitment - Extension

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The closing date for applications to join the BGA Competitions Committee has been extended by one week. Applications should now be received by Sunday 5th March 2017. Full details of the position can be found here.

Standard and 20m Multi-Seat Nationals - Change of Venue and Date

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The date and venue for the 2017 Standard and 20m Multi-Seat Nationals has been changed to Cotswold Gliding Club (Aston Down) from 22nd to 29th July. The Standard Class will now be incorporated into the 15m Class Nationals already scheduled for the venue as a single task group with 3%…

Open Letter Concerning Airspace

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The Chairs of the BGA Airspace, Competitions, Flight Operations and Safety Committees have published an open letter to all pilots restating the crucial need to avoid airprox situations and reminding them of the precautions that must be taken to help maintain safety levels in Class G airspace. If you haven’t…

BWPA Scholarships

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The Women Pilots’ Association has announced that applications are now open for its 2017 Scholarships. Up to six Scholarships will be awarded to successful women applicants this year. Two of the scholarships, each valued at £1000, are open to women pilots in any form of aviation, including gliding; one is…

8.33 kHz Radio Funding Claims Process Now Open

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The CAA has now published details of the process for claiming funding to partially off-set the cost of equipping aircraft with 8.33kHz radios. EU Funding will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis so, if you are eligible, you are advised to apply at the earliest opportunity. Full details and…

Community Sport and Recreation Awards

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Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Sport & Recreation Alliance Community Sport and Recreation Awards. Four awards of £1000 each are available to the winners of the following categories: Professional Community Programme of the Year Award Volunteering Award Added Social Value Award Innovation Project Award Gliding has featured…

February Newsletter

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The February edition of the BGA newsletter is now available for download.

Handheld 8.33KHz Radios in Class D Airspace

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A recent CAA update about the LA3 equipment approval for 8.33KHz capable radios inadvertently removed the ability to use these devices in class D airspace. This was not the intention and the CAA has made an update to re-instate the permission. The latest LA301075 approval certificate is now on the CAA…

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