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  • 20 Dec 2022 5:54 PM | Anonymous

    It has been three years since we have been able to get together in person for our traditional Christmas dinner and awards ceremony.  So the attendance of about 50 members at this year's event held on 3rd December at the Spa Hotel was an expression of relief and confidence as well as the strong fellowship or our Society.

    Our thanks especially to Brig. Gen. Rory O'Connor GOC Air Corps, who was our guest speaker on the night.

    Awards were presented by Brig. Gen. O'Connor on the night as follows:

    Touring Award Winners, JP Smith & Neil Johnston

    JPSmith receiving award from Brig Gen O'Connor

    Homebuilt Award winners, EI-SRV - Martin Doody & Kevin Keigher

    Kevin Keigher receiving award from Brig Gen O'Connor - Noel Maher in background.

    Vintage & Classic Restoration Award winners, EI-EPZ - Michael Munnelly & Alan Dunne

    Michael Munnelly, Alan Dunne, Brig Gen O'Connor & Noel Maher

    'John O'Loughlin Exemplary Airmanship Award' winner, Irish Air Corps 1922 - 2022 

    John O'Loughlin presenting the award to Brig Gen Rory O'Connor GOC AC, who accepted the award on behalf of the Air Corps.

  • 4 Jul 2022 9:04 PM | Anonymous

    After a postponment due to weather on the original date, our main flyong event of the year will definitely go ahead next weekend the 9th and 10th July at EIIF.

    The official announcement and event page is here

  • 29 Apr 2022 9:01 PM | Anonymous

    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

  • 11 Apr 2022 2:56 PM | Anonymous

    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. 

  • 11 Nov 2021 2:29 PM | Anonymous

    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.

  • 27 Oct 2021 9:50 PM | Anonymous

    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

  • 26 Oct 2021 9:51 PM | Anonymous

    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" 

    • No Age restriction
    • Cover for the builder and the project during amateur building/restoration projects
    • "DIY option" premium reduction for DIY repairs in the case of insurable partial loss
    • Option to choose classic 3rd party insurance
    • Insurance for owners' syndicates recognising members differing experience levels.

    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

  • 24 Oct 2021 10:17 PM | Anonymous

    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:

    • EFLEVA Experimental Days Fly-in still intended for 2022 but no details as yet 
    • The new EFLEVA website is now completed with knowledge base in the members area. Log-in credentials already circulated. Input is needed from member associations. 
    • New EASA Part 21L creates a new light type certificate with normal CofA and a self-declared procedure leading to a restricted CofA valid only within EASA territories. Expected in 2022 
    • 10 member nations have already opted out of EASA <600/650Kg with 4 more who have agreed but not implemented 
    • The EFLEVA insurance scheme, as per previously circulated documents, was approved. Further Information is needed from member associations.
    • Membership fees will be rebated by 50% at the next renewal. This will create losses which will reduce the cash balance to reasonable levels. Balances grew too large as a result of low spending during the Covid pandemic  
    • Retiring  members of the EFLEVA Executive group Hermann Eigner (DE) and Catherine Dartois (FR) were re-elected.  Sven Kindblom (SW) was added as a new member

    A full report is available here.

  • 20 Sep 2021 11:33 PM | Anonymous

    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.

  • 25 Aug 2021 5:02 PM | Anonymous

    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

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