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Essential Reading

Airfield Safety
for New Members

Airfield Safety Newmembers.pdf

Laws and Rules

Other BGA Publications

Open Letter
re Airspace

Safety Briefing

Direct Link to the BGA Website Members’ Area


Safety Briefing
Aerotow Performance


Safety Briefing
Field Landings

Soaring Protocol

BGA Safety Leaflet - Land Ahead 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

Club Documents

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.

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-v12.pdf

Managing Flying Risk

BGA Guidance for all pilots and clubs.

Safety-Foam-ed2.pdf Human-Factors-for-glider-pilots-NZ.pdf

Human Factors for Glider Pilots

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.

Safety Briefing
Safety Foam

WinchBooklet17.pdf BGA Safe Winch  Launching  Booklet

This is the latest edition of the BGA Safe Winch Launching Booklet.

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

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.

Safety Matters! FitForFlight.pdf

Safety Briefing
Fit For Flight?

Club-Safety-Review-2018 V1 2.pdf Accident-reporting.pdf

BFGC Club Safety Review


BGA Accident

and Incident

Reporting Requirements

Emergency Evacuation

Parachuting for Glider Pilots!

Be prepared!


Click on this document for recent BGA advice on parachuting after a mid-air collision.

IGC para.pps

Click here to view an IGC PowerPoint that gives more detail on the same subject.

Click this picture to link to a very informative and thought-provoking YouTube video by G Dale on emergency evacuation.

New Advice from the BGA
about Safe Winch Launching

Click this picture to link to the BGA website and their recently updated Winch Launching pages.

The pages contain advice and videos to help keep you safe.  Well worth a few minutes of your time!


This page changes regularly. Refresh your browser cache to make sure you are always seeing the latest version.

Radio Frequency Setting!

Click the radio on the left to read about the new 8.33 kHz radio frequencies in use by the club and how to set them on club radios.

The BGA Executive Committee has recently accepted a recommendation from the Instructors Committee to modify the BGA pre-flight check list to move ‘canopy – closed, locked and doesn’t open with applied pressure’ to the end of the checklist.

As a result, CBSIFTCBE has changed to CBSIFT BEC.

The change follows an analysis of incidents and accidents related to inadequate pre-flight preparation and recognises the widespread practice (normalised deviance) of closing and locking the canopy just before launching, eg in warm weather and during the winter where there is a risk of canopy misting ahead of launching.

from the BGA

Click the links below for the latest updates from the BGA.

Daily Inspections

Emergency Parachutes and Bailing Out

Paras.pdf DI.pdf Frequency selection from memory.pdf

The Skyway Code
Version 2

“Highway Code”
for Pilots.



Ground Handling Links

Click on the links below to read useful and important guidance about the ground-handling of gliders.

BGA Instructors Manual 'Ground Handling'

SSA leaflet 'Ground Handling'

GNZ leaflet 'Moving gliders in and out of the hangar'

TugUpsets.jpg Avoiding Tug Upsets

Aerotows:  Think about who is in the front towing you.  

Before you get into your glider for your aerotow, go and say hello to the Tuggie. You could be the last person that sees him alive! Don’t be the reason for an upset   -  Richard, CSO

Read Managing Flying Risk, page 12, (link in opposite margin).

Click on this icon to read a safety message from the BGA and CSO regarding speed limitations in flight.

Safety December 2019 v2.pdf Accident-Review-2019.pdf

The BGA has now published its Accident Review for 2019.  Click on the booklet on the left to read it.

Essential Reading!

Click on this Gasco icon to go to their website.

GASCo Checklist.pdf

Are you ready for flight? Read through this important GASCo Checklist.


Upcoming GASCo Safety Evenings.  Click for details.

Essential Reading From The BGA

We’ve had a lean winter for flying opportunities.  Make sure you’ve read this BGA publication and take careful note of all the help it offers.

The Return to Flying

After the Covid-19 outbreak, many rusty flyers are now starting to think about getting back into a cockpit again.  GASCo have produced an informative video to help you do this more safely.

Click the link below to watch the video on their website.

EASA Sailplane

Easy Access Rules for Sailplanes and Pilots