Air Law and BGA Operational Regulations
Laws and Rules for Glider Pilots is the main source of information here, and essential reading. Download the latest revision from the BGA web site:
This section is generally common sense but most of the answers are in Laws and Rules. For medical questions try Trevor Thoms "The Air Pilot's Manual" Section 6 - Human Factors and Pilot Performance. I don't suggest you buy this but borrow a copy from someone.
This section can get messy as meteorology is a vast science. Depends how serious you want to read into it. Tom Bradbury's "Meteorology and Flight" is excellent but incredibly complex. There is a section in Steve Longlands "BGA Instructor Manual" which is quite adequate.
Navigation (Part 1)
Try Trevor Thoms "The Air Pilot's Manual" Section 3 - Air Navigation, has virtually everything that is required (best to borrow this series unless you are seriously going to take up power flying). Some questions relevant to gliding only are covered in Laws and Rules for Glider Pilots.
Principles of Flight
Steve Longland's "The British Gliding Association Manual" (hardback and an addition to the BGA Instructor Manual folder) is excellent for this, worth buying a signed copy from the club!
Some of the instrument technical questions are dealt adequately in Helmut Reichmann's "Cross-Country Soaring". This is the racing sailplane pilot's bible to cross-country soaring and is worth buying if you are seriously considering competitive gliding.
All covered adequately in Laws and Rules for Glider Pilots.
Navigation (Part 2)
See comments on Navigation (Part 1).
Bronze Exam Content and Pass Mark
The Bronze exam is in 7 parts, these are:
- Air Law and BGA Operational Regulations - 20 questions
- Airmanship - 10 questions
- Meteorology - 10 questions
- Navigation (Part 1) - 10 questions
- Principles of Flight - 10 questions
- Radio Telephony - 5 questions
- Navigation (Part 2) - 10 questions
The pass mark is 70% in each section (80% required in the Radio Telephony section.)
There is no time limit but I suggest that 90 minutes is more than adequate.
What to bring
You will need to bring the following to the exam:
- Pen (Black/Blue)
- Ruler (Aviation marked is allowed)
- Protractor (Aviation marked is allowed)
- Marker Pen for Map
- Calculator (only if you want)
- Map (Southern England and Wales)
- Bronze Claim Form (to be signed after successful completion).
Recommended books and websites
You can download from these links a compilation of all the possible questions and answers.
If you are interested in taking the Bronze Exam, please contact Andrew Watson or Julian Bayford via the office.