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.