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New UK Open Class 750 kms out and return speed record!

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We’re delighted to report that following a flight in May 2019, Ed Downham now holds the UK open class 750kms out and return speed record. On the 12th May 2019, Ed flew an EB28 from Dunstable covering the 751.7 km out and return flight at an average speed of 93.6…

Restriction of Flying - Head of State visit to the UK 3-5 June 2019

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RESTRICTION OF FLYING REGULATIONS FOR THE VISIT TO THE UNITED KINGDOM BY A HEAD OF STATE 3 – 5 JUNE 2019. A Head of State is to visit the United Kingdom during the period from 3 to 5 June 2019 inclusive. The visit will include a visit to D-Day 75th…

Sailplane Air Operations rules

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As previously advised, from 9th July 2019 EASA sailplanes including powered sailplanes including TMGs are subject to EASA’s Part-SAO (Sailplane Air Operations) rules. EASA aeroplanes have for some time been subject to EASA’s Part-NCO (Non-Complex Operations) rules. All pilots of EASA aircraft are encouraged to make themselves familiar with the relevant legal…

CAA refuses Leeds-Bradford Airport Airspace Change Proposal

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The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has informed Leeds Bradford Airport that it has decided to refuse its airspace change proposal (ACP). The CAA document explaining their decision is here: www.caa.co.uk/cap1805.

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) - RA(T)s and RIAT

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Please ensure that you comply with RA(T)s, as published in AICs on the AIP website and via NOTAMs. We have been given an early indication that a significant RA(T) will be used on the 19th and 20th July for the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) at RAF Fairford.   The…

Gliding channels updated - a reminder

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Another reminder that the allocated gliding channels were updated earlier this year. The details are as described in this table. Please click on the image to expand.  

Guidance for SPL and LAPL(S) holders

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Pilots who choose to use SPL or LAPL(S) privileges (eg when flying outside the UK or when flying a TMG) are reminded that there are a number of associated recency and other requirements. The BGA published ‘Guidance for SPL and LAPL(S) holders’ provides a helpful summary of the requirements. Read…

GA Alliance Programme Manager Appointed

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The General Aviation Alliance (GAA) has appointed a Programme Manager. GAA member organisations are faced with a large and increasing number of airspace and other consultations. The GAA programme manager will provide the co-ordination and management needed to ensure efficient, effective and timely responses. The part-time role is funded by…

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