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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…

Avionics for Auction

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The official avionics sponsor of the Junior Nationals, NAVboys, has very generously donated some instruments which will be auctioned with all proceeds going to the Junior Nationals. Available are Flarm Mouse IGC with Flarm View (worth about £750) Oudie LT (worth about £298) SeeYou PC and Mobile bundle (worth about…

Meon Valley Model Soaring Club

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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…


Discount Tickets for Red Bull Air Race

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On the 15-16 August 2015, The Red Bull Air Race World Championship will be returning to Ascot Racecourse in the UK for the second year running. The Red Bull Air Race World Championship sees the world’s best pilots put to the test in a thrilling, pure motorsport competition; combining speed,…


Bronze for Andy

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Two time world champion, Andy Davis, has won the bronze medal in the 18m class at the European Championships which ended yesterday at Ocseny in Hungary. After 10 days of racing, Andy was just pipped for the silver medal by the Czech Republic’s Roman Mracek who turned in a super-fast…

UPDATED Airworthiness Directive - Duo Discus and Nimbus 4

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EASA has issued an update to AD 2015-0139 (AD 2015-0139R1) which calls for inspection of the airbrake bellcrank, drive funnels and control system in accordance with Revision 1 of Schempp-Hirth Technical Notices TN 380-2, TN 396-17, TN 868-22 or TN 890-14, as applicable. Inspection is required within 40 days and,…

Fairford RIAT airspace restrictions 15-20 July 2015

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The Royal International Air Tattoo results in various temporary airspace restrictions at Fairford during 15-20 July 2015. The detail is described in NOTAMs and an AIC available here.

Summary of Airworthiness Requirements

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The previously separate glider and aeroplane summaries of airworthiness requirements have been reviewed and have subsequently been consolidated into one new document listed under ‘BGA Requirements and Guidance’. You can view the Airworthiness Requirements summary document here.

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