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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:
JPSmith receiving award from Brig Gen O'Connor
Kevin Keigher receiving award from Brig Gen O'Connor - Noel Maher in background.
Michael Munnelly, Alan Dunne, Brig Gen O'Connor & Noel Maher
John O'Loughlin presenting the award to Brig Gen Rory O'Connor GOC AC, who accepted the award on behalf of the Air Corps.
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
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
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