Our member who penned that letter for publication assures us there was absolutely NO insult intended, The remark states there are many splinter groups in Ireland who are missing vital ingredient to make them an officially recognized body. He did NOT single out the NMAI (of which you are not a member) NOR did he mention ANY other group.
Indeed, the NMAI does have Authority (They are granted permission by IAA to issue Certificates to Microlights. I personally was a member of BMAA for 11 years..
The UFG was established in 1969 and because of its nature, became a closed shop within 17 Weeks of launch. It took me personally 9 Years to gain membership. They take members of the public who showed initiative and who could not afford flying lessons, never saw a CP in their life or were building kits, with our help they are flying for many top Airlines. On their way up they got to fly Pilatus, Robins, Gyroplanes, Doves, Ansons, Microlights, DC3 and many more as time permitted.We provided them with overall experience on anything available,(Would you class this as "An altogether mature standpoint to begin with" ?)
All the Clubs, Groups, Teams and associations that applied to meet with us since our announcemet on 12th February will explain how and why we intend to implement the re-activation of AOPA in Ireland.
and as you ask so nicely, Here is a summary....
The combined total of individuals represented by constituent member groups of IAOPA is over 470,000 (Largest civil aviation group in the World)
Since the demise of AOPA in Ireland, so many bodies have attempted to re-activate it, obviously none have succeeded.
I personally know of 9 groups, do a google of the nets archives, you will find an awful lot more.
UFG have registered "AOPA Ireland" as a business name, they have also incorporated it (This is what killed it in the first place, Being Unlimited!)
They shall remain the "Owners" of the name, so no-one can ever take it from the Irish aviators again.
This COMPLETE PACKAGE.will be handed over to those who opt to signup as per our schedule on the website http://www.aopaireland.com
PLUS, UFG secretary (Thats myself!) Plus the free services of our Solicitor and also our Barristor. Also that website is running on our own server, so no hosting/design/webmaster fees.
EVERYTHING, we are doing is legal and above board. We are handing the Irish Aviators the AOPA on a "Silver Platter!" Perhaps you see wrong where everyone else sees progress!!
We do hope that previous members of AOPA will join us for a fresh start, maybe apply for committee positions too!
So, Papa8, While you were entering your copy and paste from an independent site, you never thought to look for copyright notice, placing Yourself, This sites controllers, their servers owners and your ISP in a compromising position of infringement of copyright under the "Copyright and Related Rights Act 2000" BUT I GUESS NO-ONES PERFECT!!!!
I note and acknowledge your comments, and thank you for your support.
Some members of NMAI have met and spoke to us on a "Casual" basis.
We have made it a point of acknowledging all forms of aviation.