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2017 Nationals Venues and Dates

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Dates and venues have been confirmed for next year’s nationals. These are Club Class: 27th May-4th June, Husbands Bosworth 18m Class: 1st-9th July, Bicester 15m/Open Classes: 22nd-30th July, Aston Down 20m/Standard Classes: 12th-20th August, Tibenham Juniors: 19th-27th August, venue TBA Details of this years competitions are available in the 2016…

Waypoint Amendments

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A revision of the 2016 Waypoint list has been published.  This includes new extra waypoints around the Cambridge area.  These points have been developed by the Competitions Committee in conjunction with Cambridge ATC to provide well-placed alternatives to some existing TPs that will help interoperability between gliders and powered aircraft in this busy…

Adding a Privilege to an Existing Part-FCL Licence

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Pilots who hold a UK CAA-issued EASA SPL or LAPL(S) may now apply to add additional privileges to their licence based on BGA training and experience. For details, guidance and the application form see the Pilot Licence Conversion page.

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RAeS Scholarships

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The Royal Aeronautical Society’s Centennial Scholarship Fund has once again agreed to fund gliding scholarships in 2016.  We now invite applications from young glider pilots both pre- and post-solo and aged between 14 and 21 years of age for the 10 flying scholarships of £300 each available in 2016. Application…

Glasgow - Stornoway Route

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When UK Class F Airspace was replaced in 2014, the old Class F route A1D (Glasgow – Stornoway) was disestablished. However, passenger-carrying commercial flights continue to operate routinely on this direct route at wave flying altitudes. Official charts and available electronic files have nothing to indicate the presence of this…

Flight Logging Action Group

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FLAG (Flight Logging Action Group) is a new BGA Working Group, formed to look at developing flight logging and data capture & management systems for gliding clubs. The requirement came from clubs requesting solutions. Many clubs have systems that have been devised and managed by individuals at their clubs. Several…

CASC Update

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Following the changes to the Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) scheme which came into effect on 31st March 2015, HMRC has now closed the HMRC CASC Forum, of which the BGA was a member. Although the HMRC CASC Forum has ceased, the BGA will continue to work with other sports,…

Southend Airspace Post-Implementation Review

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Following the introduction of controlled airspace at Southend in April 2015 the CAA is now conducting a post implementation review of the change to assess whether it has met its aims. The BGA welcomes the PIR and will be working with its GA and air sport partners in developing and…

New Field Landing Safety Briefing

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A new BGA Safety Briefing on field landings has been published. There are a significant number of field landing accidents each year. Where the accident results from inadvertent stall/spin, the injuries are often life changing. We have worked with various highly experienced pilots to develop the new briefing which covers…

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