Today the IAA amended Aeronautical Notice P21 which deals with the acceptance of Flight Crew Licences. It now allows UK based pilots who hold a National PPL to fly in Irish Airspace without recieving (and paying!) for a validation from the IAA. This coupled with the recent publishing of Aeronautical Notice A19(visiting permit aircraft) opens up Irish skies to hundreds of UK based pilots.
I think we should awknowledge and thank the IAA for these changes which will hopefully boost General Aviation activity in this country. Let's spread the word!
The relevant amended part of Notice P21 is listed here:
In order to facilitate short-term visits, not to accommodate pilots that are resident in the State,
Ireland will accept the use of a UK issued NPPL with a Simple Single Engine Aeroplane
(SSEA), Self Launching Motor Glider (SLMG), or Microlight Class Rating for use in Ireland
which meet the following criteria:
• The licence holder is not a resident of Ireland;
(Proof of residency such as a valid passport. UK DVLA drivers licence or National
Insurance Certificate must be provided to the Irish Aviation Authority upon demand.)
• The licence and ratings are valid for use in the UK;
• The pilot holds the appropriate medical certification for the licence held;
• The pilot has at least 50 hours experience in flying aircraft covered by the licence;
(evidence of which must be provided to the Irish Aviation Authority upon demand or
within 10 working days of being requested.)
• The pilot is restricted to operation in Class G airspace unless in possession of a valid
radio telephony rating and an English Language Proficiency of 4 or higher endorsed on
• The licence shall not be used for the purposes of commercial air transport, commercial
operations or aerial work. Additional privileges of the licence such as flight instruction,
testing or display authorisation may not be used.
• The licence is restricted to operation only in accordance with daytime Visual Flight
• Any conditions, limitations and restrictions applicable on the licence which exceed
those listed here shall also be observed.
• The pilot shall have all required documents available for inspection when operating in
the Republic of Ireland including suitable photographic identification document
• The pilot is familiar with, and adheres to, the requirements detailed in Irish Air Law.
See GAM 05-10 for details on the potential differences.
• The pilot shall report any aviation related accident or serious incident to the Air
Accident Investigation Unit (Contact details can be found at http://www.aaiu.ie" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;) and also to
the Air Accident Investigation Body of both the State of Issue of the licence holder and
the State of Registry of the aircraft.
Holders of UK issued NPPLs who are resident in Ireland must comply with the requirements of
GAM 06-10. Refer to Aeronautical Notice A19 for aircraft requirements.
The pilot must also comply with any other requirements in force by other agencies such as the
Irish Customs and Revenue Service, the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, An Garda
Síochána, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, etc.