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Tellus Survey – July 2016

Tellus is a ground and airborne geoscience mapping programme, collecting chemical and geophysical data that will inform the management of Ireland’s environment and natural resources. The aircraft operates at low altitude, if you plan on flying in the area check the Tellus website for details of the aircrafts location – www.tellus.ie

Airborne survey of Galway, Mayo and neighbouring parts of Roscommon, Offaly, Clare and Tipperary is underway. Survey is 27% complete.

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NMAI AGM 2016

The NMAI AGM will take place in The Irish Parachute Club, Clonbullogue, Co. Offaly on Sunday 08/05/2016. Every member is requested to attend this meeting as there are a few changes coming and we want you all to have you say . Can members also inform us if you intend on flying to this event as we will have to arrange aircraft parking. If attending by air please text Mark Brereton on 087 6617115 just to let us know.

The AGM is your chance to improve how your sport is run. The NMAI Committee work hard to keep the sport safe and we are rapidly growing, with more and more aircraft joining our books each week, so attend and show your support.
If the weather is good there will be a BBQ in Limetree Airfield later on that evening and all are welcome to attend.

Low flying Survey Aircraft over Waterford

Tellus Aircraft ImageThe latest phase of the survey involves a Twin Otter aircraft flying at a low height over eastern Waterford, parts of southern Tipperary, Kilkenny and western Wexford and will be in the air from mid-April 2016 for 3-4 weeks (weather permitting). The Tellus website – www.tellus.ie – is updated weekly with the planned flight schedule.

The aircraft will fly at a low level, around 200ft, over rural areas, rising to 800ft over urban areas. While in most cases this aircraft will be operating beneath our normal operating altitudes, a good look out will be required during approach and landing, especially if you are operating in and out of unmarked strips.

The Tellus team is delivering an ongoing communications campaign in the region. If you have any concerns about the survey you can contact the Tellus Freephone information line on 1800 303 516 or visit www.tellus.ie. You can also follow Tellus on twitter, @TellusGSI

Click Map to see in full size

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New NMAI Procedures Manual

Version 7.1 of the NMAI Procedures Manual has just been approved by the IAA. There are no significant changes but all owners and inspectors should study the changes to see if it has an impact on their aircraft. The latest version can be downloaded from the Documents section.

Inspectors Meeting Cancellation

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Inspectors Meeting scheduled for the 7th of November has been postponed. A new date will be issued shortly. Apologies for any inconvenience caused to our inspectors and members.

Class II Medical

Class II Medicals will be available on Saturday, the 31st of October in Abbeyshrule Aerodrome. Places are limited, so contact Mark Brereton on 0876617115 or by email to techoffice@nmai.ie to reserve a place.

Registration Marks

Notice to all aircraft owners – please ensure that the registration marks on your aircraft adhere to the guidelines. In particular, the hyphen should be two-thirds the height of the general letters and the markings under the wing need to read from left to right, and be at least 50cm in height. If you are changing the registration marks of your aircraft in the near future, consult IAA (Nationality and Registration Order) SI number 107 of 2015. This document is available on the IAA website, or simply follow the link [Go to pages 16-17]:
https://www.iaa.ie/index.jsp?p=100&n=107&a=406&pp=422&nn=439&lID=275

Licence Conversions

Do you have a UK NPPL(M) or another type of foreign issued microlight licence? If you would like to convert it to an Irish licence please contact the Chairman (mark@flyinginireland.com). A number of people have recently expressed an interest in changing to an Irish licence. If we have enough takers we may be able to streamline the process with the IAA and make it as painless as possible.

Inspectors Meeting, 7th November

There will be an inspectors meeting on Saturday, the 7th of November. This meeting is compulsory for all NMAI Inspectors. The meeting will be held in Limetree Airfield and will commence at 10:30. If you have any issues and/or queries, contact the Tech Office by email to techoffice@nmai.ie. If you cannot attend on this date please let us know in advance.

Transponder Notice

Can all our Members using Mode S Transponders make sure that the transponder is operating with the correct code. When a new transponder is purchased it must be coded with a code received from the IAA Registration Department. If you have (or are going to purchase) an aircraft from outside Ireland with a Mode S transponder, you must inform the IAA and then MUST change the transponder code before the aircraft can fly.
In relation to getting the code changed ,you can ask the Tech office for information in relation to this (techoffice@nmai.ie).

NO NEW CODE NO FLYING !!!