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June Zealley

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June Zealley, glider pilot and widow of the former BGA Chairman, Tom Zealley, , died on January 7th following a short illness. Funeral at Colyton church on January 28th at 2pm. Details c/o Overmass & Chapple, Seaton

CAA Information Notice 2017/02 re EASA Specialised Operations rules

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CAA Information Notice 2017/02 describes how EASA Specialised Operations rules apply in the UK from 21st April 2017. EASA specialised operations rules apply to aeroplanes and TMG’s but do not apply to sailplanes or powered sailplanes as these are currently opted-out of EASA operations rules until at least 2019. The…

BGA and Air Cadet Organisation Memorandum of Understanding

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After a long period of constructive discussion and sharing of information, the BGA and the Air Cadets 2 FTS have signed a memorandum of understanding. While the two organisations have different roles and aims, as both support gliding there are numerous commonalities. The sharing of information, particularly around safety issues,…

BGA Newsletter

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The latest edition of the BGA Newsletter (January 2017) is now available.


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We have evidence that some FLARM aerial installations are nowhere near as effective as they could be. This is not a new issue. Have you checked your FLARM coverage using the online tool? The tool is available on the FLARM website or, for LXNAV 9000, 8000, 8080, Flarm mouse, on…

Drone Consultation by UK Government

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The UK Department for Transport is seeking views on proposals ‘to harness the positive benefits of drones for public and commercial services and the benefits to the UK economy’. The consultation closes on 15th March 2017 and can be viewed here.

8.33kHz Radio Equipage Funding

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The CAA has released details of the criteria defining the eligibility requirements for claiming the 20% rebate against the costs of equipping aircraft with 8.33kHz radios. The criteria are in CAP1501. Note that you cannot yet make applications for the rebate; the CAA GA Unit hopes to make the application…

Wanted: New Glider Pilots for a Marketing Development Focus Group

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Did you start gliding during the summer of 2016? Would you be prepared to share your experiences with us? We’re looking for people who can help us over a 6 week period in February and March 2017. The BGA’s aim is to develop some introductory gliding packages to suit people…

Royal Aero Club Trust 2017 Bursaries

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Applications are now open for 2017 Royal Aero Club Trust bursaries. These bursaries, ranging from £500 to £1000 are available to any UK citizen aged between 14 and 21 who wishes to advance their gliding or other air sport. Follow-on bursaries are also available to those aged up to 24…

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