OK, FB, I remember our meeting! And you had very little to say back then!
Personally, whatever you think of me is your problem. I wont lower myself to backbiting. I shall still complete my task.
So, You are a Microlight Owner! (I also have 2 of those machines! One ex-Geoff Wignalls!)
Now! Let me ask you…
Who recommended and Backed the nmai request when looking for relaxed regulations from the IAA?
Who backed the nmai when seeking relaxed restrictions on visiting UK NPPL’s holders?
Who made the request to the IAA that they consider an Irish equivalent of the UK NPPL?
I, personally respect and support both the nmai and the ilas, and so does aopa, we are NOT enemies!
Do you feel as if you are speaking on behalf of nmai then? Maybe I am missing something here.
What is coming down the line for national licences? (After the changeover to EASA), those who hold ONLY microlight licences will need all the support they can muster, wait and see.
Ireland has by comparison, one of the smallest aviation movements within Europe, and because of the previous “old closed shop aopa”, we find so many splinter groups existing here instead of a solid, stand-alone prominent movement. A situation like this was inevitable, given the situation.
AOPA has representatives at EASA, Eurocontrol, ICAO, and even within the IAA. We have members who are also members of nmai and other Irish organizations. This we see as necessary because, everything AOPA does reflects back on different levels of general aviation.
What makes you believe aopa-ireland has a closed shop? We democratically elect a committee at our AGM like everyone else. And most of ours are known around EUROPE! Not just Ireland.
I PERSONALLY, fought those who held the “old” aopa back from the GA aviators of Ireland, I met them head on and won the backing of IAOPA. I created their website and lately also got “aopa.ie” out of their control. I have also attended conferences in EU states at my own expense and argued at EASA level on behalf of Irish aviators, our members were informed of any developments forthcoming. I also stated in the beginning that I have no long-term interest in running aopa. I did agree to establish a basic and running association before handing it over to someone capable of its secure establishment. I sincerely hope that the AGM in August 2012 will see the full takeover by someone who has the time for it. By then my task of its full resurrection will be complete. Believe me when I say I have many more important, and personal, issues which should be given priority, and those that know me are well aware of this. I very much doubt if you will come across many people who do not recognize AOPA as the worlds number one representative body.
If you have a personal beef about me, I am open to meeting and sorting it, I always provide an invite to meet, with ANYONE, on our monthly newsletter anywhere within the 32 counties. I attend many meetings from this both formally and informally, and its quite surprising to find that there are many more splinter groups that exist around Ireland but, do not want to be part of the known mainstream Clubs/Associations etc. I even came across a microlight society! Each and every one of these have various reasons for this, the main one appears to be the “Sideline Sniping” in the Irish community. Quite a don there FB!
NOW! Perhaps you care to enlighten us on what you personally have done for Irish GA? Not what your club/association has done, but YOU Personally.
Does AOPA still have a commitee member with a criminal record for a flying related offence?
Would you care to reiterate on that statement?
As for your accusation of “Criminal Record” I strongly suggest you research its meaning, before accusations!
BTW, If you ever meet that Mr Ganley, tell him he still owes me 533 quid!
OH! And, have a Merry Xmas!