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Regrettably, we have to cancel our Harvest Fly-In scheduled for Saturday & Sunday next at ILAS Field due to the latest Covid-19 restrictions, as announced by the Government last evening.
Clearly, we are all disappointed, but you will understand that it would be inappropriate to proceed in the circumstances given that: "All outdoor events and gatherings will be limited to 15 people - reduced from 200".
The Committee will continue to monitor the situation, but it appears that this restriction will remain in place until 13th September at the earliest. Local lockdowns in counties in Kildare, Offaly and Laois will be reviewed by NPHET on Thursday and we understand that the Government will publish a new 'roadmap' in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, take care and stay safe !
Now that Covid-19 restrictions have eased, the Committee is confident of being able to run the Harvest Fly-in, weather permitting. This will now be our only fly-in event of 2020.
To recoup some of the ground lost to the disease restrictions, the event will be extended to encompass Saturday 22nd August. The pattern will be much like our main two-day fly-in that we normally hold in June.
Here's hoping the weather plays ball and allows us to begin to forget the horrible flying year we have had so far. See you there!
The Committee has reluctantly decided that it is not possible to safely hold the main Mid-summer Fly-in and Rally, which had been scheduled for 20th and 21st June, within the current Covid 19 restrictions. The event is therefore cancelled.
If it becomes possible to arrange a future alternative date for this event, a notice will be published on this website and circulated to members.
Just one further event; the Harvest Fly-in scheduled for 23rd August, remains on the calendar.
As always, please check for final information on all ILAS events before travelling.
Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, the Breakfast Fly-in scheduled for 26th April has been cancelled.
As a result of the current restrictions imposed by government to counter the Covid-19 pandemic, no ILAS events up to 5th May can proceed and are therefore cancelled.
However, as flying events in general fall well below the 5000 visitor limit set by government as the size of public gatherings which are cancelled up to the end of August 2020, there remains the possibility that events after 5th May CAN proceed.
Please refer back to this website for the latest news on whether or not ILAS events are proceeding and always check again for the latest news immediately before travelling to any ILAS event.
Terry has advised that he is cancelling Third Tuesday gatherings until further notice. As soon as he gives us the all clear, notifications for future gatherings will once again be posted in our Events Section
We'd like to wish a Happy Christmas to all our members, their family and friends. Enjoy the festive season and best wishes for the New Year. May the 2020 flying season be safe and enjoyable for all.
See you at the AGM. 26th Jan 2020 at 12 noon.Weston Airport
Our Harvest Fly-In this year took place on Sunday the 25th of August. The weather at the field in the morning was excellent with bright skies and light winds.
The full report, including a full listing of the visiting aircraft, can be read here
It is time once again to invite all members to put forward their nominations for the 2019 ILAS Awards in each of the five categories:
For the best journey by an ILAS member in command of any aircraft (any type, any registration) during the judging year (the 12 months up to Monday 7th October), based on a log of the trip.
For the best new build ILAS permit type aircraft first flown during the judging year.
For the best re-build/renovation of an ILAS permit type aircraft that was returned to flight during the judging year.
For the best display of airmanship in the operation of homebuilt and classic/vintage aircraft.
For the best display of aerobatics from an ILAS member.
We are inviting members to make their nominations by email to email@example.com not later than Sunday 20thOctober. You may also nominate yourself if you wish.
The ILAS Awards function / Christmas dinner is planned for Saturday 7th December 2019 at the Lucan Spa Hotel in Lucan, Co. Dublin.
Nominations are especially important for the Airmanship Award because the judges may not know of the incidents or events that demonstrated airmanship. Equally, nominations are important for the Air Touring Award and Aerobatics Award because the judges may not know about the event.
When nominating a person for an award, please give reasons why you think that person deserves the award – the more detail the better. Nominations without supporting justification cannot be accepted. On the other hand, multiple nominations of the same person won’t confer any advantage. The Permit Secretary will be aware of first flights of C&V and Amateur-built aircraft if the paperwork has been submitted.
There is a separate FAQs document which you can access by clicking on the link below. If you are having trouble locating please send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good luck to all entrants and please get those nominations in.
Our Mid-summer Fly-in provided another wonderful day at EIIF. The usual two day format had to be shortened to just one day due to impending adverse weather forecast for the Sunday. However, that one day was blessed with glorious flying weather and was graced by the attendance of over 20 aircraft and a good attendance of members and guests to enjoy those aircraft.
An additional highlight this year was the inauguration of the new clubhouse.
A full report is available by clicking here.
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