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Farnborough ACP Proposals - update

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The CAA previously put the TAG Farnborough ACP on hold with a requirement that further GA stakeholder engagement take place. In earlier discussions with the CAA, it was agreed that FASVIG should undertake a review of the TAG Farnborough ACP. This review is now complete and the report has been…

Updates to Competition Rules

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A recent decision to adopt the IGC practice of allowing handicap adjustments in the Club Class to result in handicaps above or below the nominal maximum and minimum values has resulted in the need to issue an update (v1.2) of the BGA Competition Rules. The latest update also includes drafting…

ANO Review Consultation

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The CAA has published its response to the recent consultation about changes to the Air Navigation Order which aimed to provide a simpler and more proportionate legal basis for the regulation of GA activities that fall under national (and not European) regulation. The response (CAP1414), addresses all of the policy…

Self-Opening Throttles

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Carburettors on some Rotax and other engines are designed with a return spring biasing the throttle open. A number of incidents and accidents have occurred in the LAA fleet following uncommanded throttle increase. You can imagine the potential result of this at a busy launch point or aircraft parking area!…

Queen's Birthday Flypast and Rehearsals

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On Saturday 11th June, a large formation flypast of Buckingham Palace will occur as part of the official Queen’s Birthday celebrations. The formation will comprise slow and fast moving elements, numbering 30 aircraft in total. On departure from their individual bases, the fast formation elements will route to the initial…

May Edition of BGA Newsletter

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The latest edition of the BGA Newsletter has been published. Contents include: New, simpler medical requirements for UK NPPL and PPL licence holders Adding a privilege to a Part-FCL gliding licence 2017 Nationals dates and venues Notable flights last month Royal Aeronautical Society scholarships and more.

New (Simpler) Medical Requirements for NPPL and UK PPL

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Following consultation, the CAA has announced that, from late summer (exact date not yet announced), the medical requirement for UK PPL and NPPL licence holders will be to meet the same standard as that required to hold a DVLA Group 1 Ordinary Driving Licence. Pilots will simply need to complete…

Hahnweide Successes

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British pilots achieved some great results against top international pilots in the Hahnweide competition which was held in southern Germany at the start of the month. Howard Jones and Tim Scott finished second in the Standard and 15m Classes respectively with Derren Francis (18m) and Andy and Matt Davis (20m…

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…

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