Having ignored our "submissions" we are now asked for "consultation" on the design. This is of course a box ticking effort by the IAA so they can claim there was a "consultation period" in compliance with regulations. However, if we don't make any comment during this consultation period, they will use that as justification to charge ahead and be able to show the Minister and others that "there was no input during the consultation period".
I will submit comments during the consultation, which will largely be a reiteration of my earlier ones. Two of those were supposedly "partially accepted" with no indication of which part and what effect resulted from accepting those parts! I expect others will similarly repeat their submissions. However, I think a coordinated response from multiple people and the various organizations: GASCI, ILAS, NMAI etc. will demonstrate that the GA community as a whole is opposed to this expansion of controlled airspace. At the very least it will provide something substantial to send to TDs demonstrating this is an issue for the whole GA community.
If we don't push back against this expansion of airspace we will spend the next several years moaning about how ridiculous Irish airspace is and how ATC for GA is a joke compared to mainland Europe, and how the IAA got away with showing utter disrespect for the GA community, and so on. If we don't take action now, then we deserve any restrictions that result any such complaining will be pointless.
I'm willing to help, but I'm new to aviation and I don't know who's who!
To start a conversation:
- Is a coordinated submission from multiple organizations a good way to go? (This does NOT preclude people making their own in addition).
- How do we get these organizations and others together to create coordinated submissions (or perhaps a combined submission)?
- Can we get agreement in the community on a submission that many would support?
I'd love to see an open letter and consultation response go into the IAA with several hundred signatures!
How about a general meeting - maybe outdoors (COVID-safe) at one of the larger airfields?
At the very least a Zoom (where people can talk, rather than the Teams effort where IAA controls the conversation)?
Is there any appetite to push back?