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UK exit from the EU

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Following agreement between the UK and the EU, the UK will leave the EU at the end of January 2020. The UK has agreed to abide by EU rules during a transition period until the end of the year. Therefore following its departure from the EU, the UK will have…

'First Flight' poster

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A safe first flight follows meticulous and risk-averse preparation. A poster has been produced by the BGA Safety Committee that aims to inform and remind all those involved. Fuller guidance on the conduct of first flights can be found in the BGA publication ‘Managing Flying Risk’. Hard copies of the…

More medal success for the British Gliding Team!

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The WWGC held at Lake Keepit in Australia has ended with a great result for the British Gliding Team! Ayala Truelove took Bronze flying her LS8 in the Standard class, and the Team took Silver in the Team Cup. Liz Sparrow, who held 3rd place throughout most of the competition,…

Suffolk Soaring

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The BGA is pleased to report that the Suffolk Soaring Group, located at Hinderclay Meadows in N Suffolk, has become a BGA associate member. In due course contact and other details will be published on this website.  

Exemption re transponder carriage in designated areas between FL100 and FL195

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The CAA has recently published an exemption for gliders and self-launching motor gliders from the carriage of a Secondary Surveillance Radar transponder with the capability and functionality prescribed for Mode S Elementary Surveillance for specified designated areas in the UK between FL100 and FL195. This exemption is of limited duration…

New National Record!

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We’re delighted that it has been confirmed that Jake Brattle is now the holder of the British National Open Class 1000km triangle speed record. On the 28th November 2019, Jake flew a JS1C-18m around a 1002.4 km triangle at 155.72 kph from New Tempe in S Africa. Congratulations, Jake!

Airspace classification review consultation

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Following on from the previously reported Kirkhope Inquiry into Lower Airspace, which highlighted many of the challenges associated with unnecessarily restricted lower airspace, the Govt has directed the CAA to regularly review airspace classifications including consultation with airspace users, and where appropriate amend the classification using (new) procedures to be…

Portsmouth Naval Gliding Centre Reopening in March 2020

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We’re delighted to pass on the news that the Portsmouth Naval Gliding Centre (PNGC) has announced plans to operate at weekends from Middle Wallop airfield from March 2020. PNGC, an Armed Forces charity, will continue as  to serve all three armed forces, including its families, Reservists, Cadets, Civil Servants, Contractors…

10th FAI Womens World Gliding Championships

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Claudia Hill, Liz Sparrow, Ayala Truelove and team captain Melissa Jenkins are taking part in the 10th Women’s World Gliding Championships at Lake Keepit in New South Wales, Australia from the 3rd to the 18th of January. Have a great comp, guys! Follow the action on the Team website, on the…

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