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The Avon HG & PG Club has developed very good relations with Bristol Airport Air Traffic Control (ATC) who are keen to allow us fair and flexible use of their airspace whenever possible. We have two agreements with them, covering use of the so-called "Bath Gap", and Ubley, situated on the northern side of the Mendip Hills only 5 miles from Bristol Airport and within Bristol Airport's CTZ. The Avon Club regards Ubley as a closed site, since the club has been unable to negotiate permission from the landowner to launch there. However, if you make an individual decision to use the launch, you will need to obtain permission from Bristol ATC to fly.
If you make an individual decision to use the launch, you will need to obtain permission from Bristol ATC to fly. The site is in the middle of the tightly shaded area (the Ubley Glider Block) in the map above. As this is within Bristol Airport's CTZ (surface to FL105) pilots cannot fly here without permission. However, with permission pilots can fly up to 2,500ft asl, or, if it's looking like a good xc day, pilots can request permission to fly up to 4,000ft asl for two hour periods of time.
If you are going xc from Ubley you will also want to activate Halesland Glider Block A, which lets you fly up to 4,000ft asl in the area above and to the east of Cheddar.
pilots must call Bristol Radar on 01275 473714 at least 30 minutes before taking off - ie. immediately upon arrival at the site if it's looking flyable. If you're only going to be ridge soaring there is no need to request the 4,000′ ceiling, or open the Halesland Glider Block A, however if it's an xc day you will want to do both.
The Ubley Glider Block can only be deactivated if a pilot phones Bristol Radar to inform them that all HG or PG activity has ceased for the day, or if the two hour 4.000ft period has ended. If the two hour 4,000ft period has ended the 2,500ft limit will remain active unless cancelled.
This information is also reproduced on the Bath Gap crib sheet. Download it here.