Open meeting Tullamore 19/02/10
  • Raven 912
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    Open meeting Tullamore 19/02/10

    by Raven 912 » Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:55 pm

    Copied below is the text from a letter sent to all of our members last week. We were originally to hold an EGM in the Bridge House Hotel in Tullamore on the 19th of February. Due to unprecedented interest from other aviation organisations we have decided not to hold it as an EGM but to open this meeting to all interested parties.

    All the best

    4 February 2010

    Dear Member

    For the past 15 years the NMAI has tirelessly campaigned for reasonable regulations for microlight licencing in this country. In the past 12 months we have supplied accident statistics and licencing requirements from all over the EU to the IAA to help produce a safety case to support this reasonable regulation.

    Despite this investigation being successful, with the IAA informing us that their safety analysis clearly shows that the UK system is “No less safe than the Irish one”, we have discovered that the requirements to convert your UK NPPL M have been made more restrictive before Christmas without any consultation or safety investigation being done.

    A safety recommendation was published by AAIU following an accident to a Pegasus Q which stated that the IAA should work with the NMAI to develop regulations for microlight licencing . Despite multiple requests, the IAA have only met us twice within the past 13 months.

    Article 16 in the Mc Gregor Executive Summary, an independent audit of the IAA, commissioned by the IAA, recommends that any aviation activity not covered by EASA should be regulated no heavier than our nearest neighbour the UK CAA.

    At a recent meeting in Aviation House, we were promised some improvements which would not come close to addressing our current situation, which was caused by the IAA in the first place, but which we considered to be a start. We subsequently found that, while we were discussing improvements to the current regulation, that someone in Personnel Licencing had changed the rules to make it even more restrictive.This was done without the knowledge of the manager of personnel licencing, the manager for general aviation standards or the assistant director of personnel licencing with whom we were meeting.

    We now find ourselves, having conclusively proven our case based on safety statistics and, with the support of the above recommendations, with nowhere left to go and no avenue left to explore.

    Personnel Licencing in the IAA are still choosing to ignore all the evidence to support reasonable regulation. The IAA insists that we have higher regulation than any other EU State and without any reasons being offered.

    The manner in which we are treated by individuals within Personnel Licencing is also a huge area of concern.

    We have lately received a number of complaints from members about the manner in which they have been treated by the IAA. These complaints include paperwork being lost, correspondence being ignored, inconsistent answers to questions asked, requirements for validating and converting licences being varied with no explanation etc etc.

    For example we are so far aware of 4 incidents of the IAA “not having received paperwork” but the attached cheques being cashed.

    If any member has had a similar experience it will be of great use to the NMAI if you could let us know about it.

    What has surprised us the most is that these problems are shared by every other aviation organisation in the country. In a lot of cases the cause of the problems appears to be easily identifiable.

    If any members have good contacts in the press or in public office these may also help greatly.

    We need your support to determine NMAI policies regarding future dealings with Personnel Licencing in the IAA. To this end it is essential that you attend the meeting to be held in the Bridge House Tullamore on Friday 19th of February 2010 at 8 PM where a comprehensive report on the current situation will be aired.

    Anyone paying membership on the night will have their membership valid until May 2011 and lapsed members if they wish also have the option of paying 15 euros for renewal till May 2010.

    See you there

    All the best
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    Re: Open meeting Tullamore 19/02/10

    by MCRO » Wed Feb 10, 2010 8:26 am

    Yes - Everyone who possibly can shoulld support this

    It could just be the tipping point that will eventually get, for everyone who does not need an ICAO Licence for the flying they do, a suitably focussed National PPL

    General Aviation tried very hard for this 10 years ago, under the auspices of the Irish Aviation Alliance, a custom-created entity, professionally led - to try to avoid JAA

    This might be the heave if we all get behind it.

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    Re: Open meeting Tullamore 19/02/10

    by Jim » Wed Feb 10, 2010 11:40 am

    It is good to see this meeting being opened to all interested parties.
    There are microlight owners/pilots who are non NMAI members (for reasons of their own) but may be capable of providing a fruitful input to this issue.

    Fortunately, this just allows enough time to construct a decent response to SRD.F.203.

    The IAA are far from the easiest of bodies to work with and, gains from them are usually brought about by a strong and direct approach.

    Of course Maurice is correct stating that…
    It could just be the tipping point that will eventually get, for everyone who does not need an ICAO Licence for the flying they do, a suitably focused National PPL
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    Re: Open meeting Tullamore 19/02/10

    by jonkil » Wed Feb 10, 2010 6:30 pm

    The NMAI have worked tirelessly regarding an acceptable licensing syllabus for all microlight pilots in Ireland for years. This has not produced fruit despite the best efforts of the association, in fact the vast majority of all microlight pilots in Ireland do their training in Northern Ireland or the UK to the UK syllabus.
    It is imperative for all microlight owners and operators to be present at this meeting in Tullamore, in fact it is imperative that anyone with a vested interest be there.
    We, the flying fraternity, and especially all NMAI members need to fall in behind and support the committee who have invested their time & effort in trying to make change for the better.
    Please pass on the information contained in this topic and encourage anyone who flys in Ireland, be it a microlight, GP A aircraft or anything else to be present on Friday 19th February in Tullamore and become aware of what is happening regarding licensing in the country. Touch base with your TD and make them aware that you may require their support and input, any contacts you have within regional and national media could also prove extremely useful.

    It's our sport, support it.

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