Annual Awards Dinner
Aidan Power is currently taking the last bookings for our annual winter bash in the River Court Hotel Enniscorthy on Saturday 2nd Dec (tomorrow week). Please book your tickets with him as soon as possible. Bedrooms are already very scarce as there seems to be a larger than usual group staying over afterwards. However, the function room has no difficulty in accommodating a very large group for the function itself.
Our Guest Speaker is Ralph James, Director of Safety Regulation at IAA and former General Officer Commanding the Air Corp, where he held the rank of Major General.
2017 Awards Winners Announced
This year's winners in three awards categories were confirmed by the ILAS committee at its meeting on 23rd November.
- The John O'Loughlin Airmanship award goes to Ken Townsend for his handling of the open canopy incident involving his Colibri at EIIF
- The Classic/Vintage award goes to EI-AET, the Piper Cub on floats restored by John O'Toole
- The Air Touring award goes to Andrew Butler for his trip to Switzerland in RV-7 EI-EEO
Sadly, there was no eligible first flight by a Homebuilt in the judging year, so there will have to be a gap in the sequence of winners engraved on the Ferguson Trophy.
AGM Date and Venue
The AGM will take place on Sunday 28th January at a venue to be confirmed but likely to be Weston Airport. Further details, including a confirmed venue, will be circulated with the official AGM notification in due course.
Work is progressing on the new version of the ILAS website and it is expected to be launched at the next AGM. This website will handle one-off Paypal membership subscription payments but will also allow automatically recurring subscription payments so that you won't have to remember to make the payment each year. Naturally, this can be cancelled at any time.
The website will also be used in future to announce and take bookings for ILAS events and we are planning to pre-announce a series of events for 2018 using this facility.
Dynamic Propellor Balancing
ILAS is acquiring a dynamic prop balancing system and will be training our Inspectors to conduct prop balancing for members on ILAS aircraft. This equipment can improve the smoothness of most aircraft, even if they are already considered to be smooth running. There are obvious benefits for the longevity and reliability of all components and therefore also for safety. Pilot/passenger comfort are also enhanced. Further details of the scheme will be circulated as the project advances.