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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

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