Representation and Consultation
As the UK governing body of gliding, the BGA has a significant responsibility in representing the interests of gliding clubs and their member glider pilots. Government agencies and departments that the BGA regularly engage with in the course of our work include DfT, DCMS, EASA and UK CAA.
The BGA position taken on any given topic is agreed with the elected Executive Committee and is as discussed and consulted from time to time with member clubs. The BGA Strategy identifies the current priorities. BGA consultation with member club officials takes the form of pre-arranged and ad hoc direct contact , surveys, and written requests for views. Formal votes where required are taken at an AGM or EGM.
To achieve its aims, the BGA works within wider organisations, including;
- In the UK, the Royal Aero Club (RAeC) and the GA Alliance (GAA)
- Outside the UK, Europe Air Sports (EAS), the European Gliding Union (EGU), and the FAI International Gliding Commission (IGC)
The BGA is represented within numerous other organisations and working groups in the UK and wider on a variety of important topics including safety, electronic conspicuity, airspace infringements, gliding operations rules, gliding licencing rules, outdoor sport, airfield protection, etc.
We are always looking for members of BGA clubs who have an interest in helping the BGA with its representation work. If you are interested, please get in touch with a member of the BGA Executive Committee or the BGA CEO for a no obligation chat!
The BGA’s priorities are identified in the Articles of Association and the current BGA Strategy as amended from time to time.
Airspace change is a significant issue and as the UK modernises its airspace, we expect that situation to continue.
Organisations we engage with
CAA is the UK Civil Aviation Authority responsible for ensuring EASA regulation is standardised in the UK and for regulating non-EASA aviation as well as the UK’s airspace.
The CAA General Aviation Unit (GAU) manages the regulatory oversight of GA but is not involved with airspace. The BGA engages with the GAU on a regular basis, including through formal meetings of the GA Partnership (GAP).
The CAA’s Airspace, Air Traffic Management and Aerodromes (AAA) department develops, implements and regulates airspace policy. The BGA is an invited member of NATMAC, an industry group that ‘advises CAA on airspace policy matters’. CAA AAA manage airspace related consultations.
The CAA is responsible for implementing airspace modernisation. Read more about airspace modernisation here.
NATS is an international corporation that provides air navigation services and is part-owned by airlines. The UK government holds a golden share. NATS is responsible for the UK’s en-route airspace, which is essentially the upper airspace above 7-9000′.
EASA is the European aviation safety agency. EASA is responsible for ensuring standardised aviation safety regulation – including for gliding. Over many years, the BGA and EGU have worked closely to improve EASA regulation and to minimise its negative impacts on gliding. That work continues.
UK government strategy and regulation is constantly evolving. Aviation regulatory changes are ongoing, and more recently Brexit has become dominant. BGA is engaged with GAA colleagues in responding to the related strategic issues. Domestic issues such as planning and sport-related development are ongoing. Again, the BGA works closely with others including the Sport and Recreation Alliance (S&RA), which is a non-government organisation representing most of sport including gliding.
The UK Governments Department for Transport (DfT) provides direction to the aviation regulator on matters of airspace strategy and policy. The DfT is currently considering amended regulation and directions on a range of airspace policy matters, and in doing so is engaged with GA through the General and Business Aviation Strategic Forum as well as through individual organisations such as the BGA.
Gliding is primarily impacted by European aviation regulation (see EASA). However, occasional consultations outside of the aviation regulation domain are relevant and responsed to either by BGA or through Europe Air Sports.