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RA(T) Silverstone Sunday 14th July 2019

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On Sunday 14 July 2019, the British Grand Prix will be held at Silverstone circuit, Towcester, Northamptonshire and in support of this the Red Arrows will conduct a display before the race commences. A recently published Airspace Coordination Notice describes that under powers of Article 239 of the Air Navigation…

BGA office closure 26th June

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The BGA office will be closed on Wed 26th June for a staff training day. The office will be open as usual from 8am on the 27th June.

Laws and Rules Webpage

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The Laws and Rules webpage has been updated to highlight the applicable EASA rules and supporting information. Requirements have not been changed. As previously published, EASA aircraft are subject to EASA airworthiness and maintenance rules and operations rules, with the new ‘sailplane air operations’ rules applicable from 8 July 2019….

RAF Little Rissington

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RAF Little Rissington is an active Air Cadet Organisation (ACO) winch launched gliding site. The ACO recognises that gliders flying cross-country do sometimes get low and that an airfield landing is preferable to landing in a field. They have requested that any glider getting close to their gliding operation calls…

Aviation 2050 strategy consultation

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As previously published, the government is consulting on its proposed Aviation 2050 strategy. The consultation closes on the 20th June 2019. The BGA response can be viewed here.  

Today is not the day

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Gliding is an adventurous air sport. Competitions and expedition flying can add additional challenges. The human in us makes us particularly vulnerable and so understanding our own limitations is important. Making a conscious decision to stay within limits and by doing so manage the risk is an important part of…

Gliding radio channel reference card

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A channel (ie frequency) reference card has been published for use by cross country pilots who wish to know which channel to use to contact a gliding airfield. The reference card can be found at Tim Newport Peace’s site or as Section 28 of the Waypoint Page (there is a link…

Competitions Committee

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Liz Sparrow has stepped down as chair of the Competitions and Awards sub-Committee. Thanks very much for your great contribution, Liz! Alan Langlands has kindly stepped into the role. As ever, the Competitions Committee including the Chairman can be contacted via More information about Competitions is available here.

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