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NATS Internet Briefing System

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The current AIS Internet Briefing System/website has been in place for over 10 years and whilst it still meets its original requirements, new industry standards have since come into effect. In order to meet these standards, the current system will be replaced by a new version in August on or…

CAA airspace policy consultations

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The CAA is consulting with aviation bodies through what is called NATMAC on two draft revised airspace policies. One specifies the classification and services to be provided in different categories of airspace and the other defines how controlled airspace structures are to be designed to contain flight paths. The revised…

SFCL update - conversion date extended to 8th December 2023

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During a routine liaison meeting this week, the CAA advised in confidence that they intend to seek an extension of the SFCL licence conversion period to 8th December 2023 to facilitate what is described as a ‘licence transformation review’. This afternoon 2nd July CAA announced formally that an extension to…

Club Class Nationals and Hus Bos Regionals 17th -25th July, 2021

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Organisers report there are a few places in each of the above events that have recently become available. If you are interested please book on-line via The Gliding Centre website, contact The Gliding Centre Office, or write to colin.davey50@gmail.com

Exceptions to the (UK) SERA minimum height requirements

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The CAA has published ORS4 No.1496: (UK) Standardised European Rules of the Air – Exceptions to the Minimum Height Requirements, which replaces ORS1479 with effect from 28 June 2021. This ORS4 enables exceptions to the (UK) SERA Minimum Height requirements in order that aircraft may be operated in accordance with…

Brimpton airfield

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Brimpton Airfield, which is close to Aldermaston near Newbury, is a fairly common land-out airfield. The airfield has informed Lasham that they will be closed including for land-outs for several days in June and July because of filming. Full details of closures/restrictions will be published in NOTAMs.  

Ofcom EMF licence condition guide

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Following feedback from air sport bodies including the BGA and the LAA, Ofcom has published a guide describing how to comply with their EMF licence condition. In summary, the guide makes it clear that in most normal cases of glider/tug radio and transponder use, no action is required. This is…

Gliding images

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The BGA is provided with some great images which are used for marketing as well as in S&G, and encourages all photographers out there to consider uploading or otherwise sending in their good quality gliding images. You can upload pictures here. With future marketing opportunities in mind, we are currently…

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