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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.

 

Microlight Incident Reporting

Following on from the regional Safety Council meetings that the IAA and NACI are running throughout the country, the NMAI have setpu up an incident reporting system in order to report all incidents and mishaps as they happen. This will be 100% CONFIDENTIAL system, your details will not be passed on. We need you to report “everything”, from a broken stub axle, to a de-laminated prop, to a more severe bump…. to the smallest issue…. please submit a report, the info will be put to good use and NO ONE will suffer any consequences for submitting ANY report. All reports go to directly to the NMAI and never directly to anyone else, no paper trail or electronic trace will exist on any report submitted. The main NMAI website will be updated to add this page over the weekend.
To view the reporting page please click HERE

IAA & CAA Permit Agreement

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
Paul