The B.R.A Help Centre
Welcome to our Flying Help Centre. Here you will find useful information, tips and be signposted with links to crucial websites providing information and guidance including: Flying Abroad, Radio Frequencies, Medical Info, Gyro Friendly Airfields, Single Seaters, Permit Updates, help with travelling to France, helpful links and more...
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Certificate of Airworthiness
Certificate of Registration
Aircraft Radio License
Photo of aircraft
First thing you have to pay is to pay 50 Euros to the French Authorities, for this got to: https://redevances.dcs.aviation-civile.gouv.fr/ulm.html
Once that's opened click on one of the blue boxes that is entitled LAISSEZ-PASSER (Foreign Aircraft)
Then once that window has opened click on the payment for 50 Euros, and NOT the one for 100 Euros,
To apply for the actual permit, download the form DGAC_LP6 rev 1 here. This you can apply for to run from the day you apply until 7 days before your current permit expires.
Please note you will need a Class 2 Medical Certificate.
Spanish Forms can be found here
If you are contacting Crispin Spears for a quote please ask for Luke Daws on 0207 977 5695 and tell him you are a BRA member.
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If you are contacting Sydney Charles for a quote please use reference GY1. and tell them you are a BRA member.
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Please follow this link if you would like to view or purchase books.
Sadly Dave Organ has retired and closed this site. We will try and find where we go next......
Letters & Articles
CONSULTATION ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) NO 923/2012 OF 26 SEPTEMBER 2012 (STANDARDISED EUROPEAN RULES OF THE AIR) IN THE UNITED KINGDOM
Please follow this link and read the consultation document - any feedback could be helpful (Closed)
Gyro Friendly Airfields
Popham Near Baskingstoke
Home of The Gyrocopter Experience (Basingstoke). Examiner/Instructor Steve Boxall has a great selection of aircraft to choose from if you are ready to take a flight or learn to fly in a gyro. Popham (Home of the Microlight Trade Fair each May) is a great place to have your experience. CLICK FOR MORE DETAILS
Situated in the southeast corner of the Stansted TMZ. Listening squawk 0013 North Weald is a lovely Airfiled to fly into and as you can see by this image some pretty interesting aircraft are regularly flying there. Do dot climb above 1400ft QNH when in the TMZ. PPR is required. Frequency 123.530
There are a couple of gyro's based here but we would not really describe NW as gyro friendly although things change so judge for yourself when you PPR 01992 524740
On the river Medway in Kent, this beautiful location is perfect for a visit. Afis is nice and friendly, there is always plenty going on and the landing fee here is £15.00.
PPR is essential 01634 869969
Arion Aviation is also based here and can contacted by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01634 864753
Resident Gyro Instructor Kai Maurer has his Gyroschool here.
Purchased in 2013 by two Gyro Pilots. This airfield oozes atmosphere and its environment, The Isle of Wight is some spectacular flying. Your first overseas flight could be to hear, cross the Solent and you are in some great airspace.
Dan the airfield manager has made some huge changes there and the latest is a section of all weather runway for microlights.
Everyone there will give you a warm welcome. Gyro landing fee is just £9.00 and the guys on the radio are very helpful.
For the last few years the BRA have held a fly in and camping weekend in September and it has been a real special event.
Rufforth Airfield has good facilities making it welcoming for those accompanying a student pilot, as well as the trainee pilot themselves. We have a large patio area with good views across the runways and seating allowing you to sit and watch the comings and goings at this busy airfield. We also have a light airy clubhouse which has recently been refurbished to a high standard and which also provides panoramic views of the airfield and runways.
Stoke (Medway Microlights)
A beautiful spot on the east of the Isle of Grain. Great to fly to. Just £5.00 landing fee and a great little cafe. Check opening times before you fly.
Very welcoming location
Sackville (North Beds)
Sackville Flying Club, based in a quiet, pleasant rural location in North Bedfordshire, is home to a lively group of aviators, all of whom are passionate about flying. Within the club are three groups, whose interests span the three disciplines of Gliding, Microlight Flying and Power Flying. Many of our members have interests in more than one discipline, and indeed, some in all three. In addition, Tim has taken up Hot Air Ballooning and as a result we now host many more balloon launches than previously. We also host the annual Grass Roots Balloon Meet each autumn. Sackville Farm is home to an eclectic mix of aircraft, including several Group A aircraft, a self launching motor glider, a self launching sailplane, numerous flex wing and fixed wing microlights and a hot air balloon. This site provides general information about the activities of the Club, a photograph gallery with photographs from events, expeditions and fly-ins and location details for visitors by air and road.
Single Seaters (Airworthy)
AV18 flies at Aberporth
G-CDXV being flown at Aberporth with Tony Melody, Andy Jones and Tim. Instruction and conversion was the order of the day. Great to see another of these wonderful little aircraft in the air.
See video here
Great to see Dave Organ and his Cricket at the LAA rally at Sywell. One of only 5 gyro's that flew in amongst over a thousand aircraft.
Tom Geake's Little Lottie. She is an AV18 Cricket.
LAA & CAA Permit info and help with flying to France
CAA Permit Revalidations
Permit revalidations can be applied for from the CAA online using the web url below
If you are a full member of the LAA (£75.00 per annum) you can also revalidate your permit through them. Initially there is a £125.00 one off payment for them to adopt the aircraft so the first year stings a bit. However you do get lots of benefits by joining such a large organisation of fellow GA aviators.
A permit can now be renewed at Rochester. Carol Brightwell is the person you need to speak to at Arion Aviation Limited. Tel: 07824 553306 Generally please give them at least 2 weeks notice. The cost will be £420.00 for the survey and the permit revalidation and that is provided all works have been carried out and all paperwork is up to date. There will be an additional charge of £44.00 per hour plus VAT for any additional hours required and of course the cost of any parts. The upside also being that these could be fitted at the time.
Two permits have now been revalidated a Rochester.
LAA Gyro Help
Here is the Click here to read the Latest from the LAA to the LAA Factory Built Gyro pages. Guidance for the permit process and much more.
Travelling to France
Six of us in 5 aircraft (all gyro's) recently flew to France. There is a permit application form that costs 50 euro's and is valid for 30 days. To pay the 50 euro's you do it through the French avaitons website. Its not easy but use this web address
To print a copy of the DGAC LP6 rev1 use this link
In additon you need to send
A copy of your permit to fly with its conditions of issue
A copy of the Aircraft's registration document
A copy of the permits vilidation certificate.
These must be sent to: email@example.com
You must also have a valid medical (a medical declaration is not acceptable) and carry that with your licence, insurance documents and a map of the area at all times.
Finally do not forget your Passport.
CAA Revokes Additional Charges on Revalidation
Today, the CAA apologised and revoked the additional charges on permit revalidations. All those concerned will either receive refunds or credits and the charge will revert to £258.00 until the November 2014 review.
What a great day