You can't make assumptions that there was alcohol involved in the session.
Flyer, I appreciate that William may be a friend of yours, but you're looking too hard for an excuse! It would be the first non-alcoholic drink that I've come across that results in
battling a serious hang over
kinda defeats the purpose of posting if your going to get a barriage of nonsense
Inverted, I am not a hanger pilot, and I'm not out to ruin anyone's weekend. I value my flying privlidges highly, and do not take kindly to someone else's actions which put them at risk. Abusing rules leads to further regulation, and expense.
Don't mind them, they're just a pair of jealous sissys.
You're home safe
I find it very strange that people can (rightly) critise drinking and diving, but take a different attitude to drinking and flying. We all know better than to go drinking on an "awful session", and then go driving the following morning "battling a serious hang over".
Drinking and flying don't mix.
William, you may think that I'm being harsh, and that there are no consequences to your actions, but unfortunately there are.
I do not need to be an AME to know that someone battleing a major hangover is not fit to fly. An airline pilot would most likely be fired if he turned up for work in that state.
Don't doubt for a minute that the IAA read this website; they do. They could easily identify you if they wish. How many navy C180 tail draggers flew from Ireland to Cardiff on Saturday, and returned on Sunday with two people on board, and filed their flight plan via Shannon? 155 flight plans is not that many to do through to find the answer. But if they wanted to, they don't even have to do that much; they can simply look up here, where you clearly identify your full name and phone number.
You should also think about your 36kt cross wind landing, in a tail dragger. You need to be on the top of your game, and current to do that safely, and certainly not suffering the effect of a session the night before. I've nothing against difficult crosswind landing, in fact I encourage people to explore their boundaries, but when suffering the effects of a major hangover is not the time to be doing it. If you had damaged your aircraft in that, we would all be paying the price in extra insurance premiums. Insurance is a major part of the cost of flying (in our club, despite no claims, it represents our second biggest cost, with only fuel being higher). We can all moan about the cost of flying, but if your combination of a hangover (possibly still alcohol in your blood stream) and challenging conditions resulted in an accident, we would all be paying for it in higher hourly rates.
But of course that didn't happen, and you and I both know that the IAA are unlikely to bother contacting you because they can prove nothing now, so you and your friends conclude that no harm was done; you arrived home safely, no damage to the aircraft, and no prosecution. You figure your actions have had no consequences.
Unfortunately that is not the case. You've told us about your weekend, let me tell you about mine.
On Sunday I went to the IAA GA conference in Enfield hoping to advance the cause of GA in this country. I managed to get talking to the IAA head of operations. I don't know if you are aware, but in the UK they have a rating called the IMCR. The basically allows pilots to fly non commerical IFR flights outside class A airspace. It only had a minimum of 25 hours of training, and requires revalidation every two years. It is much cheaper, simplier, and more appropriate to GA than the JAA IR.
This was due to disappear with the introduction of EASA, but a campaign in the UK resulted in EASA taking another look at it. EASA have decided that they would like to roll it out across Europe, but there is a snag. As it requires a change to national privlidges, and just one national authority can block it, EASA needs to get agreement from all National Authorities. EASA have agreed to compaign with national authorities to try to get them all to agree to it.
This would be a fantastic opportunity for GA in Ireland....IFR privlidges for less than €3K, and easy renewable. It would also open up the door to night flights (which must be conducted under IFR). It would be a brilliant advance for GA in this country (especially with our weather) and represent a major lightening of regulation.
Now, as I said I got talking to the IAA head of operations (one to one) and I raised this issue with him. His response was the the IAA would be very much against the introduction of the rating. I spoke of the safety record in the UK, and the benefits of further training for pilots, but he was having none of it. He position was, in his own words (as best as I can remember) "There are too many cowboys in this country, who operate outside the rules and regulations. They are a law unto themselves and operate in and out of grass strips making it difficult for us to enforce the rules on them. They simply don't follow the rules we set. If we gave them access to IFR flight they wouldn't follow those rules either, and that would simply be too dangerous. We can't let that happen." He accepted that most pilots are law abiding, but explained that there are a lot of "cowboys" around. He explained that they can see what's going on, but proving it is a different story.
I tried my best to convince him that people would respect the IFR rules if given a chance, but he was firm in his belief about people in GA ignoring the rules set. This would be a disaster, as if the IAA don't accept EASA's proposal for an EU IMCRating, then it's dead in the water.
Anyway, I came away hoping that some of my points may have remained in the back of his mind and that he might give it further consideration.
Then I come here on Monday morning and read your posting about going out on a "awful session" and telling the world (and the IAA) that you flew home on "Sunday morning battling a serious hang over", and realised that perhaps the IAA are correct after all. If nothing else, once they read your post it will reinforce in their mind, their own view of GA pilots.
Your actions do have consequences. I spent my Sunday trying to reduce the regulatory burden on GA, and trying to extend our privlidges, and then in one foul swoop when the IAA read your post, you will have undermined it all.
Despite the fact that you are unlikely to be followed up by the IAA for your actions, and despite that fact that you didn't crash and affect all our insurance premiums, your actions do have consequences....it ensures that we have a highly regulated environment for some time to come.