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Airfield Safety Newmembers.pdf

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Open Letter
re Airspace

Safety Briefing

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Safety Briefing
Aerotow Performance


Safety Briefing
Field Landings

Soaring Protocol 2017

BGA Safety Leaflet - Land Ahead -  25/02/17

The BGA publishes occasional articles and booklets when it perceives a need to ensure the safety of glider pilots.  Their latest publication is called “Land Ahead If Safe to Do So.” Click on the illustration below to read the full leaflet.   Links to other BGA Safety Leaflets are found below in the left margin.

BGA Safety Briefings

Land Ahead Winch.pdf


BFGC has a dedicated mailbox for the reporting of accidents, incidents, or anything that members feel could be a problem on our site.  All members are encouraged to report, frankly and freely to this mailbox, so that the CSO and others can effectively deal with safety on our airfield.  If you have anything to report, or any safety concerns, please e-mail:

Procedures to follow in case of an accident.

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To see a full list of the BGA Safety Leaflet series, click here.

Direct Link to the BGA Website Safety Management Page

BFGC Accident procedures.pdf Managing-Flying-Risk-.pdf

Managing Flying Risk

BGA Guidance for all pilots and clubs.


The Skyway Code

“Highway Code”
for Pilots.

GASCo Safety Evening  -  31st January   - 05/09/17

This year’s local Safety Evening has been announced.  Click the box above for further details.


Human Factors for Glider Pilots  - 05/09/17

This publication serves to remind us all how fragile we are when we do not pay attention to changes in our physiological state or when environment changes take place before and during flight. Quite a few clubs use this particular version across the world.

It’s a bit late in the season but there are still trips to be had and some of us are attempting the 5 hr duration too, which is a big step up in terms of stamina and fitness to fly during the whole flight. Making the decision to stop a flight because you are starting to fade is a difficult decision and the window to make such a decision correctly may be brief and cause problems or worse.

Gasco.pdf accidentreview2016.pdf

Safety Briefing
Accident Review 2016

Safety Briefing
Safety Foam

BGA Seasonal Initiative Autumn

Trial Lessons
Introductory Flights

A reminder to pilots carrying out Trial Flights to comply with the guidance in “Managing Flying Risk”.

Click this book on the left to read all about it.

N.B. This is not just for BI’s. There are a lot of important points here for all pilots to consider.


Airspace infringements can be a real issue, particularly with wave flying at this time of year and especially when you are unfamiliar with local agreements, including Letters of Agreement etc.

Click on this map to read the BGA advice.

New! BGA Safe Winch Launching Booklet 2017 Edition

This is the latest edition of the BGA Safe Winch Launching Booklet, released in October 2017.

This initiative has saved lives - Click on the booklet above to download a copy and read it carefully!

Trial Lessons.pdf Winter Winter Messages.pdf

Winter flying brings special problems. Click on this document to read important seasonal advice from our Safety Officer.

The Bowland Forest Gliding Club, which includes all club members, is committed to safe practices, with the objective of continuing a safe sport gliding environment where the levels of risk are as low as reasonably practicable. This will be achieved through the implementation of an effective safety management system and a process of continuing improvement.

The CSO, Chairman and CFI, along with Instructors and others in key positions need to ensure their decisions are made with an awareness of the safety implications. All pilots are encouraged to make themselves aware of the risks inherent in gliding and to consider known good practice to help themselves avoid problems.

The BGA accident/Incident report form was last published in 2005 and was in need of updating. A new form is now available.  Click on the icon on the right to get a copy.

Accident & Incident Form

The form should be sent by email to the BGA office as before. Please advise Tim Freegarde ( if you encounter any significant problems in using the new form.