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Gliding-based STEM activities

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The Women’s World Gliding Championship 2022 organising team has developed exciting, fun gliding-based STEM* activities which aim to get youngsters into the air and introduce them to great gliding and aviation role models. You can read more and access the resources here. Please feel free to share the information with…

Reporting Airspace Access Refusal

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The BGA receives occasional reports from pilots who are refused access to airspace or have received unreasonable directions from controlling authorities when flying in class G airspace. Any pilot who is refused access to airspace or is otherwise unreasonably directed by a controlling authority should report the occurrence to the…

RA(T)s

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A temporary restricted area, ie an RA(T), is normally established to protect an air display or other event. There are numerous displays and events across the UK every summer, many of which are protected by an RA(T). Details of RA(T)s and the associated timing and restriction requirements are published in…

CAA Flight Crew Licensing application updates

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As part of ongoing improvements to CAA licensing services, applicants with a CAA portal account will now receive automated updates when the status of their CAA Flight Crew Licensing application changes, providing visibility of their progress through the licensing process. Updates will be sent for all Flight Crew Licensing applications,…

BGA Training Standards Manager Opportunity

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As Mike Fox is moving on to a new role, the BGA is looking for a Training Standards Manager to start work at the end of August 2022. Full details are available here.

Open, 15m and Standard Nationals

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The Open, 15m and Standard National gliding competitions are underway hosted by the Cotswold GC at Aston Down. You can follow the action here.  

Empowering Women in Aviation

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Several glider pilots visited the Houses of Parliament earlier this week to highlight fantastic achievement and ongoing challenges at an ‘Empowering Women in Aviation’ event, which was co-sponsored by The Air League, the BGA, British Airways, the University of West London, Draken Europe, and the Connected Places Catapult. A huge…

Pilot licence rolling recency or revalidation guidance

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Sailplane pilot licensing is straightforward in that there is only one licence, the SPL, which is issued for life. The SPL remains valid through pilot recency, ie flying experience within a defined period. If for some reason a pilot takes a break from flying, recency is recovered through a gliding…

Engine thefts

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Over recent years there have been several thefts of Rotax engines from airfields also resulting in damaged aircraft. West Mercia Police’s ‘Operation Opal’ works on a national and international level to collate information helpful to various investigations. Opal does not investigate the crimes locally; this remains the responsibility of the…

Royal aero club bursary success

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During 2022, the Royal Aero Club Trust bursary applications have returned to pre-pandemic levels. Twenty-five bursaries have been awarded which included seven awards to glider pilots covering a range of activities including instructing and aerobatics qualifications. You can read more about RAeC Trust bursaries here.

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