Island Hop(TM) Updates

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Island Hop(TM) Updates

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Lads,
We are in the more advanced planning stage for the Island Hop 2008 event and are making arrangements for the event detail.
We have decided on safety and organisational grounds to apply a Cap of 100 aircraft and dedicate 10% of this to Group A types, the rest to be microlights.
If you have not registered to take part, please do so now, we need to know how many crews that are definitely planning to take part as this allows us to plan efficiently and safely for the day, also to make food available to registered crews.
We cannot stress strongly enough of the requirement to be officially registered, it is a must from our point of view. We really want as many NMAI members to be on board to take part, please pass the news around and let as many know as possible before we make this requirement public knowledge
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The following will also be mailed out to registered crews:



Island Hop? 2008 Event Update



Dear Participants,

The Island Hop will once more soon be upon us, and preparations for the event are well underway. Last years event was a great success. Unfortunately due to poor weather leading up to the event, only one aircraft, a beautiful Pioneer 300, made the jump across the Pond into our fair Ireland.

Hopefully the weather leading up to the event, and following, will allow more pilots make the trip over from the UK and experience our hearty welcome, making this one of the best weekends of the summer.

With 63 Aircraft and twice that number in crews already registered for the event and a cap set at 100, it is very important to emphasise the importance of being early on Saturday morning if not already basing yourselves in Birr on Friday night.

A breakfast will be served to all signed in crews on Saturday morning prior to the fly-out. We ask that all crews sign in for the event, make your donations to the Aran Islands life boat fund, which will be donated on the day, pick up your Island Hop 2008 sticker, prior to having breakfast. Sign in station will be next to the main club house where breakfast will be served, and the Island Hop Sticker received at sign in will be your ticket to receive a free breakfast and take part in the event.

All aircraft in the morning will be assigned to groups for departure, dependant on speed and range. Most aircraft will be able to complete the course without the need to take on fuel. Spanish Point on the beautiful Clare coast will once again be the refueling point for all 2-stroke aircraft. Refueling in Spanish Point will be strictly limited to 2-stroke microlights only, and fuel must be ordered and paid for when signing in on Saturday morning.

Again 2 briefings will be held in the morning of the event, to outline the route and give details on the competition skills. Remember the NMAI Top Gun award will be fought hard for again by Richard Skelton. Will one of our brave pilots on the day possess the skills required to grab the ultimate aviation prize? You?ve all heard of the X-Prize, well this is the Y-Prize.

Prize giving and craic, washed down with Birrs finest ales will take place in Birr town on Saturday night. Last year we learnt that a large group going out for a sit down meal together, prior to the prize giving was a terrible idea. This year we would urge crews to eat quickly and be at the awards venue on time, in order to get in early and take the venue over before the locals steal all the seats.

Remember the Island Hop 2008 is a fun flying event and the competitions, although requiring skill and good knowledge of your aircraft will as last year be treated in a fun and entertaining fashion.

Of course with such large numbers hopefully taking part, safety for all will be taken seriously and for that reason we urge everyone to arrive early, sign in, collect the Island Hop 2008 Sticker and attend the briefings where instructions for crews to comply with during the event will be explained. As ever with these things, we can plan all we want except for the weather. So let?s hope that the Sun shines on us for the few days surrounding the Island Hop 2008. Looking forward to meeting you all soon.

Regards,

Island Hop? Committee
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Island Hop? 2008
A recent Island Hop? Update was sent out last week. This is just a quick reminder to all crews interested in taking part in the event to register now. Please go to www.irishflyin.com or www.nmai.ie to register for the event. If you do not have internet access then please ring Jon Kilpatrick on 087 2547730 or Damien Minnock on 087 6794382, and we will register interested crews. Please be aware that there are currently 64 crews registered for the event with more registering every week. There is a strict Cap set on 100 aircraft, this is both for logistical as well as safety reasons. We will be opening a reserve list for a few aircraft once the 100 Cap has been met, just incase of cancellations.

There will be no apologies on the day for anyone who turns up to take part in the event without already having been registered. There is so much to organize and this takes a lot of planning and personal time by all involved. So please, you have been warned, if you don?t register, then please stay away. It is not safe and it is not fair.

The first briefing will take place in Birr at 10.00am on Saturday 5th of July. All crews will have to be checked in and attend the briefings, so please be early.

[center]The selected charity for the event is the Aran Islands Life Boat fund.

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This is for every one who supports or recognises in any way the huge benefit the R.N.L.I is to the aran islands, the entire mid-west coast of Ireland and of course to all that serve and work on the sea. And to help recognise the heroic voluntary work that the crew do without a second thought.

Since 1927, The Aran Islands lifeboat station has covered the dramatic, rocky wilderness facing outwards to the Atlantic Ocean. Formerly known as Galway Bay until 1995, the lifeboat crews have been presented with over 20 awards for gallantry.

All proceeds raised on the day will be given to the Aran Islands Lifeboat fund on the Islands. We have decided that each aircraft taking part in the event should give a minimum of ?20 towards the Lifeboat fund, with mostly all aircraft having a crew of 2, that?s only ?10 per person. Please give generously as breakfast is free, as is the event. We hope to raise at least ?2,000 on the day.

Lets hope that the weather will be good and the sun shines on us, as D?Unbelievables once said, ?? it would be a great little country if you could only put a roof on it?? :lol:
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