Worldwide Soaring Turnpoint Exchange
Unofficial BGA Control Points
Courtesy of BGA Waypoint Coordinator, Ben Hughes
Via Tim Newport-Peace
Dated: 09 March 2022
Airport information courtesy of the WELT2000 database
Time zone: GB-Eire, Summer offset from GMT is 1:00 and in Winter it is 0:00.
The waypoint data are available directly at www.newportpeace.co.uk/turningpoints.htm
Information about the BGA is available at www.gliding.co.uk
The primary specification of the waypoint coordinates is degrees and decimal minutes [3 decimal digits]
These data are also available separated for Scotland, Northern England, Midlands and East Anglia, Central England and Wales, and Southern England and Wales.
Additional resources include:
BGA LIST OF WAYPOINTS AND BGA CLUB SITES
Last update: 01 February 2022 - Amendment 25 to the 1997 LIST (AL 25/97)
Waypoint names, three-letter codes (Trigraphs):
- The BGA has prepared this table in good faith but takes no responsibility for the accuracy or usage of this data, for instance in airborne navigation systems.
- Pilots are advised to check any data used, in particular for proximity to other air activities or areas with airspace restrictions, BGA Club sites and other points with airspace considerations.
- UK OS Grid References are plotted from the OS 1:50,000 or 25,000 maps, Lat/Longs are to the WGS84 Datum and are produced from the Grid Ref by the NGR84 program (available free from the BGA)
- The altitudes for club sites and airfields are taken from the 1:500,000 air map, other altitudes are estimated from contours and nearby spot heights.
Findability letters A – D and G, airspace designation, and use of Hash symbols # and ##
- These are unique to each point. For the short form, generally the Trigraph should be used.
- Category A points are marked on the 1:500,000 air map and should be easy to find visually, Cat B are as Cat A but where the point is not specifically marked on the 1:500,000 air map, Cat C are less obvious features that may need more study or briefing before use, Cat D points may need local knowledge or a more detailed map
- Category G points do not have an identifiable ground feature, typically they are used in wave flights.
- A single hash # is a warning about proximity to controlled airspace. The point itself should not be in an airfield ATZ or other zone for a notified activity.
- Points with a double hash ## should only be approached or over-flown if the organisation responsible for the airspace concerned has positively agreed that the point may be used for the flight concerned.
Points with airspace considerations are identified by the symbols hash (#) and exclamation mark (!). A single hash # warns of proximity to restricted or sensitive airspace (mentioned in the Remarks column), and in Competitions or other Organised Task Groups, task setters should use these points with care. Points with a double hash ## are particularly sensitive and should only be used if the organisation responsible for the airspace has agreed that the point may be used for the flight; this includes some BGA club sites and nearby WPs used for starts and finishes. The exclamation mark symbol (!) is for WPs that are assessed by the BGA Competitions Committee as not suitable for use in Competitions or by other Organised Task Groups.
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