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Clubhouse Renovation Loans Available

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It has been identified that clubhouse facilities at many gliding clubs are an element that discourages people joining or continuing training at some gliding clubs. We appreciate fully the challenges clubs have in maintaining the fleet and facilities whilst remaining cost-effective for members. To this end the Philip Wills Memorial…

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Junior British Gliding Team head south!

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The British Junior Gliding Team of Sam Roddie, Tom Arscott, Matt Davis, Mike Gatfield and Team Captain, Andy Davis are flying to Australia this week courtesy of British Airways ahead of competing in the World Junior Gliding Championships at Narromine. You can read the Team’s latest newsletter here. You can…

FAI Sailplane Grand Prix

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Windrushers Gliding Club will host of one of nine worldwide qualifying Grand Prix events at Bicester from Saturday 9th to Sunday 17th July 2016. The series culminates in the Sailplane Grand Prix final in South Africa. The Bicester qualifying event takes the form of daily simultaneous start races with 20…

2016 Nationals entry

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The application window for entry into the 2016 Nationals in all classes is now open and pilots can enter online through the BGA website and directly by clicking here FAI licence renewal for 2016 can be done at the same time or separately With places significantly limited in some classes,…

World Championship Team

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Following the recent team vote, the confirmed teams for the next World Championships are as follows:- Pociunai, Lithuania August 2016 Club Class – Will Ellis G Dale Standard Class – Jeremy Hood Richard Hood 20m Multi-Seat Class – Steve Jones/Howard Jones Benalla, Australia January 2017 15m Class – Ed Johnston…

Experimental Aircraft

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The CAA has recently published CAP1220 describing the conditions for operating an experimental aircraft, otherwise known as ‘E conditions’. This development follows work carried out by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) experimental aircraft group, which includes BGA input. The RAeS has launched an experimental aircraft design competition.  

Future Airspace Strategy - FASVIG

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Wondering how UK airspace will be developed in the future? Some time ago, the CAA started developing the Future Airspace Strategy, which primarily addresses the needs of commercial aviation. Thanks to some great work by air sport organisations, the Future Airspace Strategy VFR Implementation Group has been formed, is funded…

Help with 8.33 kHz

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A shortage of aviation radio frequencies across Europe means that most existing frequencies are being split to reduce the gap between them, allowing the introduction of more frequencies. As a result owners of general aviation aircraft will need to ensure that any radios fitted can transmit and receive on both…

Pilot fined for illegally entering controlled airspace

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The CAA notes that ‘a helicopter pilot who illegally entered controlled airspace, causing disruption to flights at London Heathrow Airport, has been successfully prosecuted by the Civil Aviation Authority. The pilot was flying from Wycombe Air Park to Cliveden House, Buckinghamshire, when he entered the London Control Zone, without air…

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