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The postponed 2022 ILAS Breakfast Fly-in has been rearranged due to a favorable forecast and will take place on Sunday 15th May. Members have been notified by email and the event details are posted in the Events section
The 23rd March this year marked the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Irish Air Corps. A short video has been published to summarise the first century of the work of the service.
The newly updated Easy Access Rules for the Standardised European Rules of the Air have been published by EASA. Not a light read at 200+ pages, but all pilots have a duty to familiarise themselves with SERA, at least to the extent of scanning the contents to know what's in it and reading further into the sections that pertain directly to our kind of flying.
So we have linked this document in our Downloads - Technical, Advisory and Regulatory sub-section or directly by clicking here.
ILAS has been working closely with the IAA for several years to encourage them to take advantage of the ability to 'opt out' of the basic regulation for factory built aircraft under 600kg MTOW and to bring such aircraft under national regulation only. Finally we appear to be on the verge of success.
Nine other EASA territories have already opted out and so has the UK. Ireland is among four others who are leaning positively towards a similar decision
As one of the last steps towards the formal opt out, the IAA have launched a consultation on the issue and it is vital that ILAS members now make their voices heard in support of this initiative.
The IAA consultation document can be viewed here
The consultation questionnaire can be filled in here
ILAS has launched its new "ILAS Member Insurance Programme in cooperation with Air Courtage.
This programme is exclusively available to ILAS members and has a number of unique features specially designed to meet the needs of recreational permit aviators. These include:
"Pilot -Attached Liability Insurance"
The programme is part of a wider initiative promoted by EFLEVA and now being implemented by a number of its member associations across Europe.
Full details and a quotation request form are available on the dedicated ILAS page of the Air Courtage website
The Annual EFLEVA Technical and Business Meeting was held 'in person' again on October 16th this year after a virtual event in 2020 due to the pandemic. It was followed by the General Assembly (AGM) on the next day. The meetings took place in Prague and Loman O'Byrne attended on behalf of ILAS. The main points from both meetings were as follows:
A full report is available here.
Terry Coughlan has advised that, due to unforeseen circumstances, his Third Tuesday event scheduled for 21st September has unfortunately had to be cancelled. The series will resume with the next scheduled event on 19th October.
To compensate in some small way for the loss of freedom from which we are (hopefully) emerging, The Harvest Fly-in is being expanded from its usual Sunday morning format and will take place over two days, Saturday 28th August and Sunday 29th of August with breakfast being provided on both days. Members and friends can therefore choose to attend on or either, or both days.
Further details will be posted on the Events listing as they emerge
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!
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