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!
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 minimise the impact of EASA regulation on gliding. That work continues.
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 (see Airspace). The CAA has a General Aviation Unit (GAU) which manages the oversight of GA but is not involved in regulating airspace. The BGA engages with the GAU on a regular basis, including through formal meetings of the GA Partnership (GAP).
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).
All Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation (APPG GA)
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation (APPG GA) promotes the objective – as set out by British Government – of making the United Kingdom the best country in the world for General Aviation, and to stimulate interest in the sector. Their goal is to ensure that General Aviation inspires both current and future generations to take up science, technology, engineering and mathematics, thereby creating high-tech jobs and growth in all nations and regions of our economy.
In order to achieve this objective, the APPG GA has formed a number of working groups to address key issues including re; airfields, airspace, taxation, and heritage issues.
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 EAS.