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Temporary Restricted Airspace

The NMAI would like to alert it’s members of the upcoming TRA’s:

1) Bray Airshow on the 17th & 19th July 2015

2) Monavullagh Mountains, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford on the 21st July 2015

3) Foynes County Limerick, Sunday 26th July 2015

If you are planning on flying in the vicinity of the effected areas, it is advised to take these restrictions into account prior to departure. The full details of the restrictions are available on the IAA website, or simply follow the link provided; https://www.iaa.ie/Temporary_Restricted_Airspace

Revision of Check Flight Certificate

The latest revision of NMAI/AW/007 R2, ‘Certificate of Fitness for Flight,’ was approved by the IAA on 01/07/15.

Revision 2 was updated to include a provision for ferry flights. This revision is to facilitate the transport of aircraft to testing centres.

The latest version of the form is now live on the website, look for Form No.007 in, ‘Download Documents,’ in the Technical section, or simply follow the link; http://www.nmai.ie/documents/

Limetree Fly-In 2015

Limetree Airfield will host their annual fly-in event to coincide with the end of the ‘Round Ireland Air Rally. The fly-in will commence on the 2nd of August with live music and a BBQ in the hanger. On the 3rd of August there will be various flying activities for all the family, including parachute displays, the Coast Guard Helicopter, BBQ and bouncing castles for the kids. Also on the 3rd there will be competitions for the pilots, such as spot landing competitions, with free entry to all NMAI members.

2015 New Fly-In Updated

MANDATORY PERMIT DIRECTIVE

Attention Eurostar Owners

Mandatory Permit Directive for the Inspection of the Wing Flap Actuator Pins on the following aircraft types:

Aerotechnik EV-97 Eurostar

Aerotechnik EV-97A Eurostar

Aerotechnik EV-97 Eurostar SL

EV-97 teamEurostar UK

EV-97 Eurostar SL Microlight

This is a Mandatory Permit Directive, it is imperative you carry out the required inspection of your aircraft.  Follow the link for full details of the required inspection: http://www.caa.co.uk/docs/33/MPD2015001.pdf

Ireland Air Rally 2015 Postponed

The NMAI have postponed the Around Ireland Air Rally until the August Bank Holiday weekend (July 31st – August 3rd). All registered participants have been informed. The event is now full and registration has been closed. Please note for safety reasons only registered aircraft may participate in this event. Further information will be sent directly to registered participants closer to the event.

Visit our Rally Page For More information – http://www.nmai.ie/rally/ 

IAA Publish Further Guidance on using Petrol in Aircraft

Further to the NMAI’s advice last week that members should be careful about where they source their fuel, the IAA have now published Safety Leaflet IGA9. We urge all members to carefully read the attached guidance. Stretched fuel will cause damage to your engine and can lead to in flight engine failure. Be aware of cheap fuel and try to source fuel from a reputable filling station with a high turnover of petrol. If you suspect that the fuel you have used in your engine may not have been up to standard please contact the NMAI Tech Office for further guidance.

Click on the image below to read the Safety Leaflet

IGA9

Using Unleaded Petrol (Mogas) in Aircraft

Fuel Quality

The NMAI has been made aware of a number of incidents where sub standard fuel is being sold at filling stations throughout the country. This has caused some serious damage to engines and obviously the potential consequences are fatal.

As a result the NMAI are strongly recommending to our members that they buy their fuel from reputable fillings stations with a high turnover of petrol. It may mean a slightly longer journey for fuel or paying a few extra cents per litre but this could be a small price to pay.

Guidance on use of petrol in microlight aircraft is contained in IAA Airworthiness Notice A16B which is available here: https://www.iaa.ie/index.jsp?p=100&n=107&a=406&pp=414&nn=432&lID=863

If you have any concerns or would like to discuss issues relating to petrol quality please feel free to contact the Tech Office

 

French Microlights free to visit Ireland for up to 28 Days

The IAA have published a revision to Aeronautical Notice A19 which includes French registered aircraft operating on Flight Permits. Such aircraft are welcome to visit Ireland for up to 28 days without any additional airworthiness documentation. This does not apply to gyrocopters or ex-military aircraft.

The requirement to have a valid pilot licence, acceptable for use in Ireland, still applies of course, as do all other customs requirements etc. It is anticipated that the French DGAC will reciprocate this and publish their own notice. We will inform members if/when this happens.

The full text of the Aeronautical Notice can be read HERE. If there are any French pilots wishing to visit Ireland and would like some advice on planning, customs, flight plans etc. please feel free to contact us at info@nmai.ie

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NMAI Fly-In 2014

Our fly-in this year will be held in association with FlyingInIreland Magazine and will be held at Limetree Airfield over the weekend of August 2nd / 3rd. Anyone who is planning on arriving on the Friday evening will be welcome to join us for a BBQ. Download a copy of the poster here.

Visitors will be welcome to camp or can stay in locally available accommodation. For more information please contact Mark Brereton (details on the poster). For anyone travelling from overseas and would like some advice on planning their trip (GAR form, flight plans, aispace etc.) feel free to contact mark@flyinginireland.com. More details will be published on NMAI.ie closer to the event.

It’s all systems go for the fly-in on August 2nd/3rd. There will be food available throughout the weekend (similar to last year). On Saturday evening there will be live music and a bar in the hangar. We will have aerobatic displays throughout the weekend and we are delighted that the Dublin based Search and Rescue Sikorsky S92 will visit us on Sunday afternoon. Of course the airfield should be buzzing with activity throughout the weekend with a wide range of different aircraft expected.

We will have a spot landing competition and a timed circuit competition on Saturday afternoon. Details can be found in the briefing pack below. Prizes will be awarded on the Saturday evening. A briefing pack has been put together with airfield information, frequencies, competitions, accommodation etc. Download Pilot brief  here.

We look forward to seeing you over the weekend!

 

NMAI Fly-In2014

 

 

Membership for 2014-2015 now due

Membership for the coming year (2014-2015) is now due and we would appreciate if existing/former members could renew their memberships as soon as possible. The NMAI relies on strength in numbers and each and every new member is extremely valuable for us.

Member benefits

  • Access to a low cost permit system
  • Advice on microlight maintenance, building and purchasing
  • Advice on flight training and licence conversions
  • Free classified ads on www.nmai.ie
  • Promotion of members events / fly-ins on NMAI.ie and the NMAI Facebook page (600+ Fans)
  • Access to the NMAI Flying Group

 

The new NMAI have big plans for 2014 but this is only possible with the support of members. We are currently preparing a proposal on SSDR to be discussed with the IAA very shortly following the implementation of SSDR in the UK. We will also be meeting with the IAA shortly to discuss some outstanding licensing issues.

 

We are also planning some inspector’s days and other open days for members to learn about various elements of microlight operations and maintenance.

 

Membership can be removed by visiting http://www.nmai.ie/join-nmai-2/ (new members also welcome!)