13 -   Cross country flying.

1. Intended cross-country flights must be entered, before flight, in the ‘cross country log’ at the launch point.

2. It is the responsibility of the pilot to close the entry on their return. THE LAUNCHPOINT MUST BE NOTIFIED UPON RETURN (or landout).  Launch point telephone number is 07842 467892.

3. Of course, while It is always the pilot’s responsibility to avoid airspace infringements, it is strongly recommended that an up-to-date GPS moving map is always carried.  For first 50k attempts and early cross country flights it is mandatory that this equipment is carried and that the pilot is familiar in its use as well as fully understanding NOTAMs and how to obtain them.

4. In the event of an outlanding the pilot’s crew should be asked to inform the Duty Instructor and suitably endorse the ‘cross country log’. This is to ensure your safety; overdue action will be taken in the event of gliders not being accounted for at the end of the flying day.

5. Competition finishes must conclude with a normal approach. A radio call from 2 miles out is mandatory but does not absolve the pilot from total responsibility for avoiding conflict with all other traffic in our own and adjacent circuits.

6. Pilots wishing to carry out task/practice competition finishes outside of formal competitions must refer to section 9 of the flying order book.


Basic Cross-Country Training

This training is aimed at pilots with Bronze ‘C’,  X country endorsement and ideally Silver ‘C’ duration who wish to prepare for flying their Silver ‘C’ cross country.

The flying will be done in a two-seater with a cross-country coach.  

There is no charge for the coach, but the trainee will be expected to pay for the launch and the hire of the glider, and should turn up for a briefing at the agreed time with the coach, complete with up to date ½ million map etc.


Advanced Cross-Country Training

This training is aimed at pilots with Silver ‘C’ and at least one100 km flight completed, who wish to fly further and faster.

The flying will be done in the Duo Discus or DG505 with a cross-country coach.  

There is no charge for the coach, but the trainee will be expected to pay for the launch and the hire of the glider.




1. It is recognised that there is a need to practise task and competition finishes outside of normal competition times, in order to remain current and maintain safety when taking part in competitive events. Therefore the following framework outlines the rules under which these may be carried out at Husbands Bosworth outside of competitions.

2. It is the finishing pilot’s responsibility to adhere to the spirit of these rules, the law of the land and to maintain a high standard of airmanship at all times during the procedure. Any infringement of these rules reported to the CFI may result in privileges being curtailed, including a recommendation to the main club committee.

3. All pilots flying from Husbands Bosworth are reminded that they must be aware of and fly within the requirements of RoA Rule 5 (low flying rule) and ANO Article 64 (reckless flying by endangering person or property).

4. In light of a fatal accident at the 2005 World Gliding Championships held at Husbands Bosworth, the BGA has issued a statement on task finishes and final glides.  (This BGA advice is attached – see next page.)

5. Any practice competition finishes from cross country flights outside of official competition days, are to be planned so that they result in a safe finish for the pilot concerned, all other pilots flying from Husbands Bosworth and those engaged in the neighbouring flying operations to the South of the airfield.

6. The final glide must be arranged so that there is a continually descending glide path from 500 feet. The Husbands Bosworth airfield boundary must be crossed at a minimum of 30 feet. A high energy finish that necessitates a go around must not be conducted less than 100ft above the highest fixed structure, vehicle or person that lies directly beneath the flight path of the glider.

7. The finish direction must be such that it is 30 degrees either side of the landing direction in use, to allow a straight ahead landing. This may require the use of a control point on organised cross countries. This means that to do a finish it may only be executed in an Easterly, or Westerly direction. On no account must the flight path of a finishing glider cross the line of the winch cables.

8. Weekend task setters are responsible for setting appropriate control points for those taking part in organised task flying.

9. Glider pilots wishing to practice a competition finish must announce their intention over the radio by giving a distance or time to finish call, e,g, ‘Alpha Bravo – 2 minutes from the east’. If there is a known risk of conflict with gliders already established in the standard circuit, then the finishing pilot should be prepared to abandon the practice finish at an early stage.



Following the tragic accident at the World Junior Gliding Championship in 2005, during which a sailplane fatally struck a gliding photographer who was standing on a vehicle outside the airfield boundary, the AAIB has recommended that the CAA approve the wording of BGA competition finish rules.

The BGA takes public safety and the perception of public safety very seriously. Prior to the 2006 competition season, the BGA established competition rule changes that were aimed at addressing a potential public safety issue and encouraging pilots to comply with normal aviation practice. Competition experience during 2006 has demonstrated that this measure was partially successful.

2007 BGA Competition Rules

During January 2007 and prior to the final publication of the AAIB accident report, the BGA and CAA met to discuss the AAIB recommendation regarding competition finish rules. With an objective of encouraging pilots to maintain normal flying practices and thus minimise risk to third parties, the BGA and CAA agreed a number of changes to the BGA competition rules that have been detailed by the Competition Committee. Following consideration and acceptance by the Executive Committee on the 6th of February, these changes have been incorporated into the final version of the 2007 BGA Competition Rules as well as Competition Directors’ guidance and notes.

All Pilots - Responsibility and Guidance

The Executive Committee has identified that the changes to BGA competition finish rules should be reflected in non-BGA rated competitions and other glider racing activity. It has also identified a need to ensure that glider pilot obligations associated with ANO 2005 Section 2 Rules of the Air Rule 5 (low flying) and ANO 2005 Part 5 Operation of Aircraft Article 74 (endangering safety of any person or property) should receive greater formal emphasis than is already the case within BGA glider pilot training and subsequent coaching.

The BGA believe that it is every glider pilot’s responsibility to their sport to ensure that he or she flies legally and to ensure through responsible flying that third parties do not perceive that gliding activity threatens their safety in any way. With that in mind, the following guidance should be considered by all pilots at BGA clubs;

i) Regardless of the position of any finish line, glider approaches towards the airfield should prescribe a descending flight profile (other than to go-around where necessary), and;

ii) during the approach the landing area should be in the pilots sight, and:

iii) the approach should cross the airfield boundary at a height which cannot endanger persons (seen or unseen), vessels, vehicles or structures.

Notwithstanding this guidance, a pilot’s primary consideration at all times should be the safety of the crew, the aircraft and third parties.

The CAA has made it clear to the BGA that they will continue to monitor activity at gliding sites and that the subject of gliding task finishing will be reviewed in the light of experience during 2007.


British Gliding Association - February 2007

Aifield Brief

Flying Ops


Club Aircraft

Check System

Ground Ops


Fault Reporting

Radio Use

Ground Vehicles

Mutual Flying




Motor Gliding

Power Flying

Child Protection

Launch Point Ops


Go/No go


Cable on Road