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To: All Glider Pilots
IS YOUR GLIDER FIT FOR FLIGHT?
There have been 147 rigging accidents and incidents since 1976. The peak period for these accidents over the last 40 years has been during April and May.
The BGA safety leaflet Is Your Glider Fit For Flight? (copy attached and available at https://members.gliding.co.uk/library/s ... or-flight/) contains advice and guyidance, including:
Rigging should be directed by a person experienced on the type, in accordance with the flight manual, without interruption or distraction
A newly rigged glider should always have a daily inspection (DI)
The DI should be conducted by a person experienced on the type, without interruption or distraction
Positive control checks should be carried out every time for every rigging of a glider without automatic control connections
The pilot should carry out proper pre-flight checks, again without interruption or distraction
Making sure that control connections are locked using the available pins or sleeves (depending on the design) in all part of the rigging process. Please do not assume anything. Always check.
SHORTCOMINGS IN PREPARING A GLIDER FOR FLIGHT CAN BE LETHAL AND ARE COMPLETELY AVOIDABLE.
BGA Safety Committee