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Once again, the weather forecast for our scheduled Mid-Summer Fly-in next Saturday and Sunday looks like it is going to spoil the fun. The forecast for Sunday in particular looks very dodgy.
We want our main event of the year to be accessible to all types, including the more weather-dependent ones, and to pilots who may not have flown as much as they would like and therefore need to pick their weather window with more than the usual care. We also want our neighbours at the field to come along and enjoy themselves.
Consequently, and with deep frustration, the Committee decided at its meeting last night, that the Mid-summer Fly-in should be postponed to a future date
A new date will be announced shortly. Details will appear on the Event Section listing for this event on our website, or accessed directly using this link
Meanwhile, the field is in great shape. So please use any opportunity you have to drop in, at any time of your own choosing, but with the usual PPR from the Airfield Coordinator, Aidan Power, on 087 6765207
Don't forget to plan for the IlAS Mid-summer Fly-in on 19th and 20th June at ILAS field EIIF. Let's hope for good flying weather and a safe, well-attended event - we all deserve it at this stage!
The Editor is looking for extra content for the Summer 2021 edition of the Newsletter. Deadline is 9th June. Email Cathal on email@example.com
Airfield Coordinator Aidan Power and his team have just finished putting the final touches to the new deck area adjacent to the clubhouse at EIIF.
This significant addition to the facilities at the airfield will make it an even more attractive destination for flying visits, especially on summer days. It will really come into its own for fly-in events.
As always, if you are flying into EIIF remember to obtain prior permission and the up-to-date airfield information from Aidan by email or by txt/phone on 087 6765207
It hasn't gone away you know.
Meaning the weather of course. Even though Covid restrictions have been lifted sufficiently, the weather is always a factor in organising fly-ins.
So it is with great regret that we must cancel our re-arranged 2021 Breakfast Fry-in that was due to take place at EIIF tomorrow Sunday16th May. This is because of greasy ground conditions after heavy rain at the field as well as an unfavourable weather forecast for the day itself. This event will not be re-scheduled for a later date.
Instead, it is our intention now to focus on our Mid-Summer Fly-in as planned for Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th June.
Now that a firm date has been announced for the resumption of inter-county travel, it makes sense to re-arrange our annual Breakfast 'Fry'-in for a date when the maximum number of people are permitted to attend either by land or air. The event will now take place on Sunday 16th May, subject to the usual requirement for PPR and of course weather permitting.
The event listing can be accessed here
The full listing of ILAS (and selected other) events can be viewed here
The IAA is currently undertaking a review of Irish Airspace and has held a number of on-line briefings that were open to the public. As part of its advocacy role on behalf of Irish permit aviators, ILAS participated in these sessions and has now submitted a document with its comments to the IAA.
This document sets out a number of important principles which should inform the design of all changes to Irish Airspace. In addition, it calls for a variety of specific changes to airspcace affecting VFR traffic in locations such as Waterford, Coonagh, Sligo and the environs of the Dublin CTZ.
The response document can be read and downloaded here
ILAS will pursue the principles and objectives set out in this document in its relationship with the IAA.
The next edition of the new ILAS newsletter will be published in early June. The Editor invites contributions for the forthcoming March edition, which must be received by his press deadline of:
Contributions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Photographs are especially welcome and text should ideally be in editable form - preferably not pdf
A provisional calendar of events has been announced by the Committee. With the exception of the GASCI safety evening which is online, these events are subject to Covid 19 restrictions prevailing at the time, as well as the usual weather constraints, . Dates are as follows:
The ILAS Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Sunday Jan 31, 2021 at 12:00. As with many other meetings over the last year, it will by necessity be an online meeting. More details will be available when the appropriate arrangements are in place.
The draft minutes of the 2020 AGM may be downloaded from the Downloads section of the ILAS website (login is required). Anyone who has difficulty accessing this should e-mail email@example.com.
For the election of the new Committee, it’s planned to use a simple low-tech approach to voting, with nominations sought beforehand and voting on the day during the online meeting. The outgoing Committee wish to strongly encourage members to consider putting themselves forward for a role on the Committee, as energy, time and a diversity of expertise are required to manage the Society’s day-to-day responsibilities. Committee meetings have been successfully conducted online during the pandemic-related restrictions, so ‘long-distance’ membership of the Committee is now better facilitated than heretofore.
Candidates for officer or Committee membership should be notified to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 14 days before the AGM, but may also (as per the Constitution) be proposed at the AGM itself.
Invoices for the annual membership subscription will be issuing early in the New Year. Payment will be possible online via Stripe, or by cheque/money order via surface mail to the Permit Secretary c/o 14 Herbert Park, Bray, Co Wicklow, A98 P3X2 . Note that the membership subscription is €50, but there's a reduction to €40 for existing members who pay within 30 days of the issuing of the invoice.
Kind regards and best wishes for 2021,
Noel Murphy, Hon Secretary,
on behalf of the ILAS Chairman and Committee
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