On Friday 27 April 2012, the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) and the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will simultaneously adopt mutual recognition of flight permits. This will allow aircraft, without an ICAO certificate of airworthiness, to visit and overfly each others State more freely. Microlights, Classic & Vintage aircraft and other civil aircraft on a flight permit will benefit from these changes. These changes will take effect through IAA Aeronautical Notice A19 and CAA Generic Concession (GC) 6.
IAA Aeronautical Notice A19 will allow UK registered aircraft, with a valid Permit to Fly, to visit Ireland for up to 28 days at a time. UK CAA General Concession GC 6 provides the reciprocal freedom for Irish registered aircraft visiting the UK.
This development is designed to encourage visitors to Ireland but is not to facilitate UK registered aircraft becoming resident in Ireland. UK registered aircraft that require additional time in Ireland, who are not included in A19, may apply to the IAA for a specific permission.
It is important to note that A19 is an Airworthiness document and does not alter their obligation to ensure they have a current pilot’s licence valid for use in Ireland, customs requirements and any other legal requirements affecting the flight.
These changes were developed in consultation with stakeholders such as the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI), Irish Light Aviation Society (ILAS), the CAA and the respective associations in the UK.
This is arguably the most significant development in decades. Less cost, less paperwork, less hassle.
Our sincerest thanks to ILAS and the CAA and all involved and especially for the vision and insight of Mr Jim Corbett and his team in the IAA, without which this agreement would not have been possible.
For further details you can contact NMAI, ILAS or Jim’s team in the IAA.
Thanks again to everyone.
All the best