I think we are all missing Lynn's point. Despite over 20 years of trying to engage with the IAA in order to establish safe, professional clubs and schools, the IAA, for reasons known only to themselves, decided to erect any obsticle possible to prevent this from happening.
More recently, they have decided not to talk whatsoever with the NMAI and have refused to even reply to any correspondence since November 2011.
The end result is that for Lynn and many others, there is currently nowhere to train for, or to validate their licences within the State. The NMAI believe that there is illegal training taking place in the country and believe that it needs to be stopped immediately.
The NMAI do NOT condone illegal or unsafe training or flying practices in any shape or form but can understand the frustration of potential pilots when they consistently run into brick wall after brick wall when all they want to do is train properly.
We sincerely hope that the IAA will reengage with the NMAI and that common sense will prevail over personalities.
In the meantime Lynn, may I strongly suggest that you contact whichever school you started your training with and seriously consider finishing it there. Once you're trained safely and properly there are always places on the committee of the NMAI providing you with the perfect platform to vent any frustration you may have in a controlled and educated manner.
Contact us if you require any information http://www.nmai.ie
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All the best