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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…

Skyguardian Temporary Danger Areas

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Following a period of engagement with airspace stakeholders, the MoD has submitted a proposal for two TDA’s this summer to protect Skyguardian RPAS operations at Waddington and Lossiemouth. The original TDA designs had a similar footprint to a CTR. The designs submitted to the CAA have a MATZ sized footprint….

TRA(G) exemption renewed

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The CAA exemption that permits non-transponder access to Temporary Reserved Areas (Gliding) has been renewed. The exemption can be viewed here.

Sailplane Pilot Licence (SPL) Conversion

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As reported many times previously, pilots of Part 21 sailplanes (formerly described as EASA sailplanes) are required to hold an SPL by 8th December 2021. The SPL conversion webpage has been updated to include several new FAQs and the flexibility in SPL medical requirements introduced by the change in law…

BGA Instructor Requirements updated

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BGA Instructor Requirements have been updated to include the temporary BGA instructor revalidation/renewal requirements implemented in response to the pandemic and leading into compliance with SFCL from 8th December 2021. You can view the ‘BGA Instructor Requirements’ publication here.

NSGA temporary exemption renewed

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The CAA has renewed its temporary exemption that permits a pilot in command of any glider or self-launching motor glider to fly in airspace notified as Non-SSR Gliding Area (NSGA) without carrying and operating Secondary Surveillance Radar (SSR) transponder equipment. The temporary exemption can be viewed here.

Restarting gliding information updated 26th March 2021

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The response to the COVID19 pandemic has led to a Government ‘roadmap’ to recovery. The BGA aims to collate and link to the relevant published detail as it becomes available. For example, changes to law and guidance in England has been published that permits solo flying from 29th March and…

AAIB report SB5E G-DEJH on 7th August 2019

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The recently published AAIB report details an accident to SB-5E sailplane G-DEJH, that resulted from an extremely rare in-flight structural failure. We thank the AAIB for their efforts, as well as the BGA subject matter experts who supported the AAIB in their work. We are delighted that the pilot involved…

Introductory Flight Pilot

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Any suitable qualified glider pilot can deliver introductory flights at their club by qualifying for the Introductory Flight Pilot (IFP) endorsement. CFI’s can carry out the BGA IFP course at their club. Read more here.

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