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S&RA briefing - 'EU-Exit No Deal' UK Government Technical Notices

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The Sport and Recreation Alliance (S&RA), of which the BGA is a member, notes in its recently published briefing document that as we approach the deadline for leaving the European Union (EU) on 29 March 2019, it is possible that the UK could leave without a deal covering the terms…

2019 National Championships entry

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Online applications are now being accepted for 2019 National Championships in all classes here. FAI licence renewal for 2019 can be done at the same time. With places significantly limited in some classes, pilots should ensure that their entry is placed before the priority entry deadline of 31st January 2019.

British Gliding Team - Women's World Gliding Championship 2020

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We’re delighted to announce that the members of the British Gliding Team who will be competing in the Women’s World Gliding Championship in Australia in January 2020 are; 18m Class – Liz Sparrow Club Class – Claudia Hill and Mel Anderson Standard Class – Ayala Truelove  

Ratings List 2019

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The Competition Ratings list for 2019 has been published, you can view the list here

Improving awareness of shared airspace

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On Saturday 17th November USAF Flight Safety Officers from RAF Mildenhall and representatives from six east-of-england gliding clubs met to discuss how we each use our shared airspace, to improve mutual awareness and help avoid potential conflicts. Three USAF personnel briefed more than 30 glider pilots on the training missions…

Winter Gliding

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Our generally mild climate means that many of our clubs fly throughout the winter. However, there are a number of factors that we need to consider while enjoying winter flying, not least of which is making sure we’re dressed for the weather. Wind chill is a significant issue and can…

Sailplane & Gliding - December 2018/January 2019

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A quick trip to Northern Ireland and back, BEFORE starting a declared 720km task? Read about this epic flight by John Williams, and others taking advantage of great wave conditions in Scotland, in the Dec/Jan issue of S&G. You can also read about the Era 80 variometer, see the annual…

Safe Winch Launching

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The BGA safe winch launching webpage has been updated. The professionally narrated video ‘how to winch launch safely Part 1’ is an excellent briefing and refresher for pilots of all experience levels. Watch the video here.

Senior Examiner Refresher Seminar

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The first Senior Examiner (Sailplanes) refresher seminar run by the BGA as delegated by the CAA took place on 17th November. Thanks to Andy Miller for running the seminar and to CAA staff examiner Mark Young for his contribution. The BGA maintains a small team of CAA-approved Senior Examiners in…

LOA TRA(G) - updated to Sep 2020

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The Letter of Agreement between BGA and RAF(U) Swanick, NATS and BAe Systems regarding VFR flight by gliders above FL195 in TRA’s has been re-published effective Sep 2018 – Sep 2020. Pilots who intend to fly in these TRA’s are expected to fully understand any associated procedures. The LOA is…

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