I am currently in South Africa emigrating to Ireland in January/February 2019 but not sure exactly where I will be living though.
I want to convert my SA ICAO PPL to EASA PPL. I believe it is possible and can be done in Cork.
Anyone here who has done that?
I also would like to take up Aerobatics again. I had a YAK-52 and did some basic aerobatics. (Loops, rolls, spins, stall turns, inverted flying)
I can't find any significant info on Aero's in Ireland
So my questions:
1. Is there an Aerobatic club?
2. Are there competitions
3. If competitions, what are the levels etc ie Graduate, Sportsman, Intermediate, etc.
4. Are there clubs or schools with Aerobatic capable aircraft? I could only find one in Cork.
5. Available instructors for training in Aero's?
I also find it difficult to find a central site listings schools or clubs. Are there such sites? Googling only showed my the odd club or school but no consolidated list in one site.
I take it there are magazines I can buy on Irish aviation once I am there?
I also see hardly any aircraft for sale?
Welcome to the board. Yes you can convert an ICAO PPL to an EASA PPL. Any ATO (Approved Training Organisation) should be able to do this for you. As you mentioned, if could be done with AFTA in Cork or NFC in Weston. Perhaps anyone who has done it can share their experience here.
To answer your questions!
4) There is a Decathalon at Cork in AFTA. NFC have some Aerobatic C152's. Outside of that, anyone who wants to do aerobatics has either joined an existing group, formed a new group or bought an aerobatic aircraft outright.
5) Yes AFTA in Cork have some Aeros instructors. There are also some display pilots in the country who do some ad-hoc instruction but not full time.
We used to run FlyingInIreland Magazine for 10 years, this was a printed publication but we ceased publication in 2015. There are no other magazines at present as Ireland is a very small market and can't sustain it. You'll find a list of Irish aviation organisations here - https://flyinginireland.com/links/ , the top section lists the flying clubs.
Hope this helps!
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