Very interesting to hear all your stories and experiences everybody. Seems over time thing just never change.
My experiences are as follows:
I contacted the licensing dept about flying with an ICAO licence on Irish registered aircraft. Something that should take less then 5 minutes to sort out. When I emailed the dept, It took over 20 working days to get a reply, all in all it took me from January until May to finally got the all clear and my approval in writing from the IAA to fly here with an ICAO licence.
Ironically the guy in licensing could email me with in 30 mins when I placed an ad for aviation magazines I was giving away. Our neighbours in the UK CAA can reply the same day with answers along with the FAA and Transport Canada. Typical attitude and quality of service to be expected from a “civil service” style run business. Why when you get an email, can you not reply with answers faster than 14 bloody working days???
The medical officer is probably the most ignorant, unhelpful PERSON I ever had to deal with, she seems to bend rules to stop you flying. For example, she won’t accept my CAA UK class 1 medical because I did their CAD colour vision test and “under Irish law this is not an acceptable means of testing” yet, it meets the JAA/CAA UK requirements. So here is the most stupid: the FAA, Transport Canada and the CAA UK/JAA say I’m good to go, but the IAA say NO! Even though I hold a clean unrestricted CAA UK class 1. She also does not reply to emails and blatantly ignores correspondence. The only way I have been able to get any communication from her was via the complaints dept. If would have passed my initial class 1 here in Dublin, she would have wanted send me to a respitory specialist which would have brought my medical to over €750 maybe? The CAA UK, 2 ½ hours max for a full initial medical, everything done in house, no further examination required, ½ the price and you go home with your medical cert in your hand.
Lambada Crazy wrote:I feel, that many people have been refused a medical, on the grounds that ones career might be put on the line.I think that its an outrage! It needs to be stopped.I really think that the department should be ashamed of itself. It is without a doubt an embarrasment to the Irish Aviation Community.
Totallt agree with you there!
Emailed them about the waiting times from various IAA departments, asked why does it take so long to get answers? Why do some departments not reply sometimes? I said it was ridiculous that one should wait 20 days over a simple enquiry. Yet, the complaints dept said it will be 14 days before they are back to me with answers. Remember I complained about waiting times??
What is the story with the exams? They are a joke. You do it on paper, not computer, you have to wait in my case a while ago over 2 ½ weeks for results. They hold them only every 2 months. And what pissed me off once was, when they held them in the Gresham hotel in Dublin the where kids across the hall way shouting, screaming and we all trying to do an exam!! The IAA moved to a new building, why didn’t they build an exam room in there? Exams done with computer and instant results, at least you can go home happy or sad not having it hanging over you for 2 weeks.
Crazy!! €115 for an ATPL. Transport Canada charge $105 for your 4 commercial written exams and $35 for your instrument rating written exam. Can this be justified?
Transport Canada charge if my memory is correct $450 for your flight test, but this includes the licensing fee, VS €601 for the IAA flight test and then licence fees of €208 for private & €363 for commercial. Very expensive paper!
Go to the CAA UK for all your JAA/EASA needs: D they know how to run a business and provide a service and value for money.
The aviation community should come together and demand change and a proper service with reduced costs. If we don’t speak up, nothing will change.