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Richard 'Dick' Dixon

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We are sad to report that Richard ‘Dick’ Dixon, former BGA Chairman, Vice-President, and long term member of the Southdown GC and the Bath, Wilts and North Dorset GC has passed away. Our thoughts are with Richard’s wife, Mary, and to all their family and friends at this difficult time.

Guidance on crossing the UK border with a glider

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Following the third in a series of meetings between BGA, BBAC, HMRC and Borders, guidance on crossing the UK border with a glider (or balloon) in a trailer has been updated. You can view the information here.

Medical Requirements

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The BGA medical requirements have been updated to include medical requirements when using BGA pilot certificate privileges, medical requirements when using CAA licence privileges, and the availability of the CAA Pilot Medical Declaration. Full details including a link to the BGA medical requirements are available here.

BGA instructor courses

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BGA Assistant Instructor and Flight Instructor Coach courses as well as FI(S) refresher course dates and bookings are available on the BGA website. You can view the detail here. Please email or call the BGA office with any queries.

'Clued Up' Safety Publications

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A link to the CAA’s ‘Clued Up’ safety publications has been added to the main BGA safety management webpage under ‘Awareness and Education’.

Government publishes GA Roadmap

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The UK Government has published its GA Roadmap, available here nhttps://www.gov.uk/government/publications/general-aviation-roadmap In publishing the document, the Government notes: “The Roadmap sets out our ambitious vision, strategic priorities and forward programme of work to support the GA sector. This includes continuing to support the sector throughout the recovery from Covid-19, and…

SPL - 8th December 2021

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From 8th December 2021, the UK Sailplane Pilot Flight Crew Licensing (UK-SFCL) rules require pilots of Part-21 sailplanes (ie what used to be called EASA sailplanes) to hold and use the privileges of a Sailplane Pilot Licence (SPL). Full details including FAQ’s are at https://members.gliding.co.uk/pilot-licence-conversion/

Pilot Medical Declaration update

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The CAA has issued an exemption that permits SPL holders (and those converting to an SPL) to make a Pilot Medical Declaration when only operating aircraft with a MTOM of 2000kg or less provided they reasonably believe that they meet the medical requirements for a Group 1 (Car) Licence issued…

Free glider pilot safety publication

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Dr Tony Segal’s publication ‘Glider Pilot Safety and Crashworthiness of Glider Cockpits” is available free of charge. Those wishing to obtain a copy should send an email giving their name and POSTAL address to tony.segal@btinternet.com

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh funeral and one minute of silence

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The funeral of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh will take place on Saturday 17th April. There is a planned national one minute of silence at 3pm. Where reasonably possible, clubs and pilots are asked to observe the one minute of silence as a tribute to HRH’s service, including more than…

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