Important info for operators of Irish amateur-built permit types:
The Director of Civil Aviation Safety in France has issued a decree allowing Irish amateur-built aircraft with a full Flight Permit to fly in France without having to get prior permission
(the previous requirement for which involved paying a chunky fee). This is a decree dated 24 February 2013, see http://www.journal-officiel.gouv.fr
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You may note there is no time limit.
Many thanks are due to the IAA, which supported approaches last year to the French authority in a very positive manner. One trusts that the Irish equivalent Airworthiness Notice A.19 will be modified to accord to French permit types the same reciprocity that applies to UK ones; in that case the French decree may be extended to Irish factory-built permit types on a reciprocal basis.
Those Irish pilots who have paid for a French "laissez-passer" permission since 24 February 2013 are advised to now seek a refund of the fees paid.
Finally, in connection with France, big congratulations are due to John Brennan, whose SeaRey EI-SEA won second prize in the homebuilt section last weekend at the RSA fly-in at Vichy!!!