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Bowland Forest Gliding Club

Pilots please note - ‘Chipping Radio’
now operates on frequency

118.685 kHz

Our Dedicated
Safety Mailbox

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


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-v10.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! BFGCIncidents.pps

 Click on this PowerPoint document to read the BFGC Incident Summary Report for 2017-18.

BFGC Incident  Summary 2018 FitForFlight.pdf

Safety Briefing
Fit For Flight?

Club-Safety-Review-2018 V1 2.pdf accidentreview2016.pdf

Safety Briefing
Latest Accident Review

TugUpsets.jpg Avoiding Tug Upsets

If you are going to aerotow in the near future, please make sure you click on this poster and carefully take note.


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.

Updated April 2019!

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.

The BGA pre-flight checklist taught by BGA instructors from 3 Jan 2019 is CBSIFT BEC.

Of course it is appreciated that it will take a while for instructors to become used to the change. BGA publications will be updated in due course.

New Information
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

Updates to ‘Managing Flying Risk’

In April 2019, the BGA updated advice in their publication “Managing Flying Risk.”

The updated publication can be read by clicking the icon in the left margin of this page.

The updates concern 8.33 radio frequencies, as well as some points on oxygen, aerotow and dual flying.

To read Pete Stratten’s original announcement of the changes, Click on the icon on the right.

Updates to
Flying Risk’

The Skyway Code
Version 2

“Highway Code”
for Pilots.


Safety Message for June


The CSO has produced a “Safety Message” sheet for the month of June.

 You can read it by clicking on the icon to the left, or alternatively, you will find paper copies distributed around the clubhouse.

It is hoped this Safety Message will be the first of many and you should look out for them and read them whenever they appear.



Updated June 2019! Skyway_Code.pdf