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Department for Transport Drone Consultation

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As previously reported, 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.  The consultation includes a question about…

Honourable Company of Air Pilots Scholarships (Pre-Solo)

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The Honourable Company of Air Pilots (previously known as the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators -GAPAN) are once again offering a range of scholarships in 2017. A number of gliding scholarships are being offered to people over the age of 16 who have little or no flying experience…

World Title for Russell and Team Cup Gold

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Great news coming out of Benalla.  Russell Cheetham has won gold in the Open Class with Andy Davis third. A bronze for Mike Young in the 18m class and a strong performance from the rest of the 6 man team gives the UK another Team Cup gold. Congratulations to all…

CAA Information Notice 2017/02 re EASA Specialised Operations rules

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CAA Information Notice 2017/02 describes how EASA Specialised Operations (SPO) rules apply in the UK from 21st April 2017. EASA specialised operations rules potentially apply to aeroplanes and TMG’s, but not 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.

FLARM

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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…

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