News

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 !!!

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