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Guidance for SPL holders - revised October 2020

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The BGA publication Guidance for SPL holders has been updated and provides guidance on ‘rolling recency’, which is an important principle for the SPL and associated privileges including instructing. You can view it here.  

Sailplane pilot licence conversion

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The SPL conversion process is ongoing. Please note that an SPL that is issued by the CAA after 1 Jan 21 will be a ‘UK SPL’ instead of an ‘EU SPL’. You can read more here.

BGA Instructor Courses 2020-2021

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The BGA programme of instructor courses for the remainder of 2020 and into 2021 is detailed on the BGA website. Additional courses will be added once arranged. You can view the available course dates here. You can read more about BGA instructor training here.

Lookout - supported by electronic conspicuity

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Lookout is the primary method of collision avoidance in class G airspace. Lookout effectiveness can be significantly improved through considered use of electronic conspicuity. Read more here. The DfT has made funding available to rebate up to 50% of the cost of a newly purchased EC device. Read more here.

Inspiring Aviation!

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The Aviation Skills team at the Department for Transport (DfT) recognises the value that air sport brings to the wider aviation industry. The DfT are launching an exciting campaign with the charity ‘Education and Employers’. The campaign, named ‘Inspiring Aviation’, aims to attract 1,000 volunteers across the aviation industry to…

BGA Inspector Part-66L licence

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All BGA inspectors have been contacted with details and a Part-66L licence application form. Any inspector who has yet to complete their application and submit it to the BGA is urged to do so before the end of November 2020. Any inspector who needs more information or an application form…

EASA-exit update

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As previously reported, the UK Government will be withdrawing from EASA on 1 Jan 21.The UK Government has decided to adopt existing EU aviation regulation and rules under UK law. Therefore Parts 21, ML and SAO which are in place now, and DTO, SFCL and MED which apply in 2021,…

BGA COVID update

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BGA club members are politely reminded of the need to comply with their clubs COVID-safe precautions. Current information including BGA guidance dated 25th Sept is available here. The Governments tiered system results in certain restrictions primarily focussed on limiting indoor interactions. As described in the BGA guidance, it is up to…

A successful first BGA Instructor Development Week

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Instructor development is and will continue to be a very important BGA activity. Several trainee and experienced instructors attended the recent ‘BGA Instructor Development Week’ at The Gliding Centre led by coach Simon Adlard and supported by Steve Male (Midland GC CFI) and Alan Smith (TGC CFI). The week was…

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