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Southern Alps Airspace

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As noted on the BGA airspace webpage, many UK glider pilots visit the French Alps. The airspace arrangements can be surprisingly complex, but do ensure the needs of gliding and commercial air transport are safely and reasonably accomodated. As ever, it is vitally important that pilots respect the rules. The…

Red Arrows Airspace

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Details of restricted airspace protecting Red Arrows displays throughout June and July have been published in AIC Mauve 031/2017, available from the NATS website. As we do every year, we want to stress the absolute importance of respecting these restrictions. Not only is failure to do extremely hazardous, an airspace…

Queen’s Birthday Flypast

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A large formation of military aircraft will form Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Flypast on 17 June 2017. The Flypast formation will form up at Southwold, Suffolk and route via Ipswich, abeam Colchester, Chelmsford and enter the London City Control Zone south of Stapleford aerodrome; the formation will overfly Buckingham…

Honourable Company of Air Pilots Gliding Scholarships - Further Opportunity

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There is a further opportunity to apply for a place on a residential gliding course funded by an Honourable Company of Air Pilots flying scholarship. The Scholarships are aimed at those with little or no flying experience who might otherwise not have the necessary resources to experience gliding. They will…

Aim Higher Places Available

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Stratford-upon-Avon GC is hosting an Aim Higher courses from 12-16 June. There are few spaces left. The course, run by Aim Higher lead Kevin Atkinson, will be suitable for those taking the first steps to cross-country flying through to established pilots are seeking to improve on current performance. The course…

EAS Newsletter

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The Europe Air Sports newsletter provides a very useful summary of the latest developments regarding changing regulation for sports aviation, including gliding. The latest edition (April 2017) is now available.

BGA Newsletter

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The May edition of the BGA Newsletter has been published Items include: FLARM Updates and Other Issues Learning from Accidents Airprox Avoidance NCO SPEC Regulations for Towing 8.33 kHz Radio Funding EASA Announcements BGA Planning and Environment Fund Trustee Women’s Worlds Notable Flights FCC 2017 Competition Rules Junior Nationals and…

WomenGlide Spring Mini-Comp 2017

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WomenGlide are organising another of their mini-comps, consisting of a training weekend (for those wanting to gain XC experience) and mini competition, with prizes and more, at Sutton Bank on 10/11th June. Two-seaters will be made available for XC training. Entry is free but you do need to book in…

BGA Planning and Environment Fund Trustee

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The Planning and Environment Fund is a fund established and funded by the BGA (through member clubs’ affiliation fees) to assist clubs which are at risk in the context of planning, environmental or similar developments and may need financial help to fight legal challenges or to support a complex planning…

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Best Start to the Year

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What a great start to  the year! This year saw the best ever April month for flights posted on the BGA Ladder. Just under 1000 flights, nearly a quarter of a million kilometers and almost three quarters of a million feet height gains! Full details are on the BGA Ladder…

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