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Club Class Nationals Glider Eligibility

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Contrary to the announcement of 25th January, the BGA Competition Committee has reconsidered its automatic approval for ASW20b and c variants in UK Club Class Nationals and has concluded that such automatic specific approval prior to any IGC announcement is not after all appropriate and is to be rescinded. However,…

Volunteering excellence and dedication recognised by Royal Aero Club awards

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The Royal Aero Club awards for 2020 have been announced and once again include several individuals from the gliding family. We’re delighted to report that the following prestigious awards will be presented by the RAeC at an event during 2021: Bronze Medal For outstanding achievement in aviation during the preceding…

Joint position on future UK airspace published

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The GA Alliance has alongside several other stakeholder organisations published a joint position on future UK airspace. You can find the joint position statement here.  

Helping glider pilots to develop radio operator skills

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The BGA supports flight radio telephony operator training. Here is the detail. If you are experienced with using the radio in flight, and are prepared to coach people (remotely), then you could be just the person to support an ongoing initiative to help glider pilots improve their RT skills! If…

CAA Pilot Medical Declaration update

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Following Governments publication of SI/2021-10 permitting the use of medical declarations by SPL holders, the CAA has chosen to modify its Pilot Medical Declaration (PMD) criteria. You can read more about the CAA PMD here. While the BGA has of course long sought and is highly supportive of the UK…

Oxford Airport and RAF Brize Norton ACPs - CAA decision

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The CAA has considered the submitted material and has decided not to approve the Oxford Airport ACP and not to approve the RAF Brize Norton ACP. The CAA’s decision letter for the Oxford ACP is available here. The CAA’s decision letter for the RAF Brize Norton ACP is available here.

Club Class Nationals / Midland Regionals

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The Gliding Centre at Husbands Bosworth is pleased to announce that it will be running a single class Midland Regionals concurrently with the Club Class Nationals over the dates of 17th – 25th July 2021. Early entry is recommended for both events including following through with timely deposits for priority…

Proposed Temporary Danger Areas - RPAS activity at RAF Waddington and RAF Lossiemouth

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On the 9th February 2021, the BGA and several GA Alliance and gliding club representatives attended a QinetiQ/RAF engagement on plans to implement two Temporary Danger Areas (TDA’s) during summer 2021. The TDA’s are subject to an abbreviated Airspace Change Procedure under CAP1616. The proposed size of each TDA is…

CAA Safety notice - fuel drains

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The CAA has published a safety notice to raise awareness of the risk of engine power loss caused bylockable gascolator fuel drain valves being inadvertently left latched open on general aviation aircraft. You can view the safety notice here.

Southampton airport closed on weekends

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Southampton airport has advised that Saturday and Sunday operations will stop completely on a temporary basis beginning this Saturday. All airfield and terminal operations will be closed from Saturday 6 February until and inclusive of Sunday 7 March. Steve Szalay, operations director at Southampton Airport, said: “This is a decision…

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