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NMAI AGM 2013 & BBQ

It’s that time again. The 2013 AGM will be held at 5pm on Sunday the 28th of April at Limetree Airfield in Laois. Fly-in or drive in. Weather permitting there will be plenty of flying and the NMAI will be hosting a BBQ from 3pm so a good day should be had by all.

We are requesting as many members to attend as possible. As usual, your voice counts and there are many issues to discuss.

Memberships can be renewed on the day.

We look forward to seeing you on the day.

Regards

The Committee NMAI.

GASCI Safety evening Fri 22 March 2013

GASCI Safety evening Fri 22 March 2013 NB New time 19:30!

Our UK ‘sister’ organisation GASCo has kindly offered to put on one of their highly regarded Safety Evenings for us here in Ireland.
The event will take place on Fri 22 March 2013 at 19:30 in Bewlewys Hotel, Leopardstown.
check on http://www.gasci.ie then go to the ‘events’ page
All are welcome, admission is free. see you there!

Spanish Point Flyin 1-2 Sept 2012

Spanish Point is hosting its annual Fly In on Saturday and Sunday next (1/2 Sept) and I would like to extend an invitation to you and your members of course. The event spans both days, weather depending and there is some socialising in Miltown Malbay on the Saturday night.

This grass strip is about 550m long and the field is generally dry.

However, if there is prolonged rain during the days preceeding the event, it may be too wet ‘under-wheels’ to hold the event. It is relatively easy to find directly south of Miltown Malbay and to the east of the Spanish Point Road. The bright red wind sock pin points the spot.

Camping areas are provided and festivities shall continue after the end of VFR in the town of Miltown Malbay!

Spanish Point Airfield Location:

N 52 50.813′

W009 24.871′

R 24/06

Freq: 123.30

Carrickmore Flyin 22 & 23 Sept 2012

Carrickmore Flying Club near Omagh in N. Ireland are hoping to run a charity fly-in event on Saturday 22nd-Sunday 23rd September 2012.

Should the weather on the Saturday be unsuitable the event shall be moved to the Sunday.

Carrickmore Flying Club is situated near Omagh in N. Ireland.

Airfield details are as follows:

2 NM S of Carrickmore, co-ordinates:
N 54:34.276
W 007:02.654

Freq: 129.825
Elev: 541ft

RW MTRS SURFACE
08/26 505 Hard

All circuits are performed to the north of the field so it’s a left-hand circuit on RW 08 and a right-hand circuit on RW 26.

Landmarks which may be useful to you are a windfarm with 12 turbines to the SW and a second windfarm with 6 turbines which is situated just to the south of the strip in the deadside area. There is also quarry on short finals to RW 26 at around 500 feet.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Ian
C-More Flying Club

Wobbly Weekend Review

On the 11th & 12th August 2012 Limetree Airfield Co Laois became the focal point of weight shift pilots in Ireland. Despite the strong winds there was still a great turnout. Suited and booted; pilots flew in from all over the country. Over the weekend there was plenty of interest from the public about weight shift flying. Hopefully this event will encourage people to take up weight shift flying. Michael Doyle, the event organizer, would like to take this opportunity to take all those who attended and a big thanks to Limetree Airfield for all their support.

You can view the photos of the event by clicking here.

A guide for UK Registered Aircraft & Pilots Visiting Ireland

The NMAI has worked closely with The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) to make it easier for UK registered aircraft and pilots to visit Ireland.  As a result of those talks the IAA has recently introduced new rules which  make it easier for UK licensed recreational pilots to visit Ireland on short visits. Since 25 May 2012 Ireland is accepting the use of a UK issued NPPL with a Simple Single Engine Aeroplane (SSEA), Self Launching Motor Glider (SLMG), or Microlight Class Rating for use in Ireland which meet the following criteria;

  • The licence holder is not a resident of Ireland; (Proof of residency such as a valid passport. UK DVLA drivers licence or National Insurance Certificate must be provided to the Irish Aviation Authority upon demand.)
  • The licence and ratings are valid for use in the UK;
  • The pilot holds the appropriate medical certification for the licence held;
  • The pilot has at least 50 hours experience in flying aircraft covered by the licence; (evidence of which must be provided to the Irish Aviation Authority upon demand or within 10 working days of being requested.)
  • The pilot is restricted to operation in Class G airspace unless in possession of a valid radio telephony rating and an English Language Proficiency of 4 or higher endorsed on the licence;
  • The licence shall not be used for the purposes of commercial air transport, commercial operations or aerial work. Additional privileges of the licence such as flight instruction, testing or display authorisation may not be used.
  • The licence is restricted to operation only in accordance with daytime Visual Flight Rules.
  • Any conditions, limitations and restrictions applicable on the licence which exceed those listed here shall also be observed.
  • The pilot shall have all required documents available for inspection when operating in the Republic of Ireland including suitable photographic identification document
  • The pilot is familiar with, and adheres to, the requirements detailed in Irish Air Law. See GAM 05-10 for details on the potential differences.
  • The pilot shall report any aviation related accident or serious incident to the Air Accident Investigation Unit (contact details can be found at http://www.aaiu.ie/) and also to the Air Accident Investigation Body of both the State of Issue of the licence holder and the State of Registry of the aircraft.

The UK registered aircraft is allowed to stay in Ireland for a period of no greater than 28 days per visit. So you can fly in once a week if you like as long as each stay doesn’t last longer than 28 days. So what if i want to stay for longer than 28 days? Well then you will have to get permission from the Irish Aviation Authority. Please send a brief outline of your proposed visit to  GApermissions@iaa.ie and they will advise you.

For more detailed information click here to read the IAA A19 If you need any further information please contact us at info@nmai.ie

Irish Aviation Authority to accept UK issued NPPL

The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) has introduced new rules which  make it easier for UK licensed recreational pilots to visit Ireland on short visits. Since 25 May 2012 Ireland is accepting the use of a UK issued NPPL with a Simple Single Engine Aeroplane (SSEA), Self Launching Motor Glider (SLMG), or Microlight Class Rating for use in Ireland which meet the following criteria;

  • The licence holder is not a resident of Ireland; (Proof of residency such as a valid passport. UK DVLA drivers licence or National Insurance Certificate must be provided to the Irish Aviation Authority upon demand.)
  • The licence and ratings are valid for use in the UK;
  • The pilot holds the appropriate medical certification for the licence held;
  • The pilot has at least 50 hours experience in flying aircraft covered by the licence; (evidence of which must be provided to the Irish Aviation Authority upon demand or within 10 working days of being requested.)
  • The pilot is restricted to operation in Class G airspace unless in possession of a valid radio telephony rating and an English Language Proficiency of 4 or higher endorsed on the licence;
  • The licence shall not be used for the purposes of commercial air transport, commercial operations or aerial work. Additional privileges of the licence such as flight instruction, testing or display authorisation may not be used.
  • The licence is restricted to operation only in accordance with daytime Visual Flight Rules.
  • Any conditions, limitations and restrictions applicable on the licence which exceed those listed here shall also be observed.
  • The pilot shall have all required documents available for inspection when operating in the Republic of Ireland including suitable photographic identification document
  • The pilot is familiar with, and adheres to, the requirements detailed in Irish Air Law. See GAM 05-10 for details on the potential differences.
  • The pilot shall report any aviation related accident or serious incident to the Air Accident Investigation Unit (contact details can be found at http://www.aaiu.ie/) and also to the Air Accident Investigation Body of both the State of Issue of the licence holder and the State of Registry of the aircraft.

Holders of UK issued NPPLs who are resident in Ireland must comply with the requirements of GAM 06-10. Refer to Aeronautical Notice A19 for aircraft requirements and amended version of Aeronautical Notice P21 – Acceptance of Flight Crew Licenses.

The wettest Month On Record

June 2012 has been described my Met Eireann as the wettest month on record. Fingers crossed that we get a couple of good weekends there are a lot of flyins planned over the next few weeks.

Rainfall was well above average with long-term average (LTA) values ranging from 135% at Valentia
Observatory to 286% at Casement Aerodrome. Most stations, apart from Valentia Observatory and
Belmullet, recorded double or more of their June Average. Of these, most reported it as their highest June
rainfall on record, apart from Dublin Airport and Phoenix Park which reported their wettest June since 1993
(19 years) and 2007 (5 years), respectively. Days that recorded the highest accumulations were mainly on the
7th and 8th, with Shannon Airport measuring 41.8 mm on the 7th, its highest for June since 1947 (65 years).
The month’s highest daily rainfall was on the 22nd at Malin Head with 50.9 mm, its highest June fall since
1955 (57 years). The number of wetdays (days with 1 mm or more) were above average ranging from 13 at Malin
Head to 22 at Knock Airport, with very wet days (days with 10 mm or more) ranging from three at Valentia
Observatory to eight at Phoenix Park and Fermoy (Moore Park). Mean temperatures were all below average
with differences of around 1°C at Johnstown Castle and Malin Head, both reporting their coolest June since
1991 (21 years). Most maximum temperatures were recorded at the end of June, with the month’s highest
temperature of 23.8°C at Phoenix Park on the 27th, its lowest June maximum in 5 years. Most other
maximum temperatures recorded in the South, Southwest and West were the lowest since 2002 (10 years).
Sunshine was below average with Cork Airport reporting only 93 hours, around half of its average and its
dullest June on record. Other stations reported it as the dullest June in a number of years with Dublin
Airport and Shannon Airport reporting it as their dullest since 1993 (19 years) and with remaining stations
reporting it as their dullest June in at least seven to 15 years.

Our new website

You are very welcome to our new website. Here at the NMAI our goal is to promote Microlight Flying in Ireland. We hope that our new website has all the information that you need to learn to fly microlights or if you are a seasoned Microlight pilot that you can find all the details you need to assist with operating and maintaining your Microlight.

We want this website to be an integral part of Microlight flying in Ireland. So if you are having a flyin or just out and about in your plane please feel free to send us some photos that we can share with other people.

As part of the new website launch we undertook to update all of the information on the site to have it current. However we may have missed something or you may come accross something that needs to be changed please feel free to contact us at webmaster@nmai.ie. We want to have the most comprehensive site we can for our users so if there is anything you want added please contact us.

We hope you enjoy the new site and we look forward to hearing your comments and suggestions.

Thanks

NMAI Webmaster.