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Interclub League Finals

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The final of the 2017 Inter-Club League was held at Gransden Lodge on the weekend of 2nd/3rd September. The results were:    The Gliding Centre – 17 points = Essex & Suffolk GC and Wyvern GC – both 13 points More information about the competition is on the Inter-Club League…

BGA Newsletter September 2017

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The September 2017 BGA Newsletter is now available and includes the following; Positive control checks Managing Flying Risk The Skyway Code RT training Leeds Bradford Airport ACP Oxford/Brize Norton ACP Airspace support consultant LOA’s FES battery fires CAA ADS-B survey 8.33 kHz equipage refunds EGU news Glide Britain Resources for…

New Scientist Live

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We’re really excited to be attending the New Scientist Live exhibition at ExCel, London at the end of this month (28 September to 1st October). Show of the year 2016, New Scientist Live is the world’s most exciting festival of ideas, rooted in the biggest, best and most provocative science. The…

Great Result for Team GB at European Championships

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The European Gliding Championships for the 15m, 18m and Open classes held at Lasham has just finished. The British team put in a great performance netting 5 of the 9 medals up for competition in this, the first senior FAI international championship held in the UK since the 1965 World…

P600 and N864 Letter of Agreement

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The P600 and N864 Letter of Agreement (LOA) between NATS, Prestwick, Swanwick, and the BGA has been updated and republished. Pilots using the LOA should refresh themselves on the detail. You can view the document here

Benson and Chiltern Park

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RAF Benson is located in the choke point between London and Brize Norton controlled airspace. The airfield is home to a mixed fleet of heavy and light helicopters including Police and EMS helicopters, as well as the RAF’s largest Air Experience Flight, which operates Tutor aircraft. The helicopter flying isn’t…

Bath Gap Letter of Agreement

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The Bath Gap Letter of Agreement (LOA) between NATS Bristol and the BGA has been updated and republished. The notification and activiation requirements are detailed in Part 2 of the LOA. Please note that the Bath Gap may only be activated by a Competition Director or by one of the…

CAA ADS-B Survey

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The CAA has formally confirmed that ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast) ‘in/out’ using 1090MHz is its preferred national system to improve electronic conspicuity for general aviation – ideally to be used through transponders. It has launched a survey seeking information on the types of devices private pilots already use and…

BGA and Electronic Conspicuity

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The BGA is actively represented on the CAA’s Electronic Conspicuity Working Group (ECWG). The BGA also attended the CAA’s electronic conspicuity roadmap workshop held in April 2017. In early August, the BGA wrote to the CAA reiterating the BGA position on electronic conspicuity, which reflects the original ECWG ‘recommendations’.  In…

UK CAA announce that ADS-B is the preferred national electronic conspicuity solution for GA

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The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has confirmed that ADS-B ‘in/out’ using 1090 MHz is its preferred national system to improve electronic conspicuity for general aviation, ideally used through transponders. The CAA is already working with the GA community and industry to develop an integrated electronic surveillance solution offering both…

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