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BGA Safety Briefings
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:
To see a full list of the BGA Safety Leaflet series, click here.
Direct Link to the BGA Website Safety Management Page
Managing Flying Risk BGA Guidance for all pilots and clubs.
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
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.
New BGA Accident & Incident Form
The form should be sent by email to the BGA office as before. Please advise Tim Freegarde (email@example.com) if you encounter any significant problems in using the new form.
Safety Briefing Fit For Flight?
BFGC Club Safety Review
Parachuting for Glider Pilots!
Click on this document for recent BGA advice on parachuting after a mid-air collision.
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.
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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.
Information from the BGA
Click the links below for the latest updates from the BGA.
Emergency Parachutes and Bailing Out
The Skyway Code Version 3 2021 “Highway Code” for Pilots.
Ground Handling Links
Click on the links below to read useful and important guidance about the ground-handling of gliders.
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).
Essential Information 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 Rulebook Easy Access Rules for Sailplanes and Pilots
MANAGING FLYING RISK – HILL, RIDGE AND MOUNTAIN SOARING
Recommended reading from the BGA for all ridge-soaring pilots. Click on this panel to link to the BGA website page.
Click here for the BGA’s Latest Advice on Safe Winch Launching
Why, when discussing the “Eventualities” part of CBSIFTBEC, do we ask you to say the words - “If a wing goes down and I cannot raise it by using aileron, I will release immediately”? Well here’s the answer - click on the link on the left. Phil Punt
With lots of minds turning to winter ridge flying, the Southdown gliding club has highlighted two of their previously recorded safe ridge flying webinars.
Click on the links on the left to see these two webinars on safe ridge flying made by the Southdown Gliding Club.
Also, don’t forget to read the BGA generic hill, ridge and mountain soaring advice below.
And finally, here is a link to the BGA Soaring Protocol.
The BGA has produced a Flying Currency Barometer to allow you to judge how safe you are to fly on any given day. Click on the picture below to read or download a copy.