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PostSubject: Press Releases   Wed Mar 10, 2010 11:28 pm

Below are 2 Press Releases gone out today. We believe that the Times may carry this story tomorrow.

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PRESS RELEASE – 10-03-2010

Irish Aviation Authority fails to act on Safety Recommendation

Despite years of effort on the part of the NMAI (National Microlight Association of Ireland) and a recommendation by the AAIU (Air Accident Investigation Unit), the IAA (Irish Aviation Authority) has repeatedly failed to respond to legislative and safety concerns in Irish recreational aviation. These and other failures to engage meaningfully with interested parties, or otherwise address long-standing deficiencies have continued for in excess of ten years.

The NMAI condemns the continuing failure of the IAA to act in a meaningful manner to implement a safety recommendation issued by the AAIU following an accident in 2007 (Report No 2008-028 – see * below). This accident reflected the growing tendency to non-compliance with regulations in certain sectors of recreational aviation.
The NMAI regrets that the poor perception of the IAA by many pilots continues to create an environment in which some feel it appropriate to operate outside of a conventional regulatory framework and find it necessary to go abroad for training and other services. The NMAI regrets that the IAA increasingly appears to view legal enforcement and threats as an alternative to constructive engagement with its customers in the user community.

NMAI spokesman Paul McMahon said “The repeated failure of the IAA to bring Irish licensing practices into line with those of our European neighbours is underlined by inconsistent and arbitrary licensing decisions coming from the IAA over many years. As the IAA apparently do not answer to the Ombudsman or the Minister for Transport the NMAI will shortly initiate a range of actions to draw attention to the inward looking and self-serving positions adopted by the Authority.”

Press Releases with additional information regarding our forthcoming actions will be issued in the coming days.
For futher information contact:

Paul McMahon NMAI Chairman on 086 8745854 or Padraig Higgins NMAI Vice Chairman on 087 2225925

NMAI - National Microlight Association of Ireland - http://www.nmai.ie/ - the Association representing microlight pilots in Ireland. Microlights are sports “aircraft” limited to a weight of 450 kilograms or less.
IAA - Irish Aviation Authority - http://www.iaa.ie/ - the civil aviation Regulatory Authority responsible for the implementation of European and international protocols regarding flight safety and regulation.
* Accident Report No 2008-028 is dated December 3rd 2008. The safety recommendation is: “The IAA, in conjunction with the NMAI, should review the regulatory and operational framework of microlight operations in Ireland. (SR 24 of 2008)”- Link: http://www.aaiu.ie/AAIUviewitem.asp?id=11179&lang=ENG&loc=1280



PRESS RELEASE
Our politicians take the border down. The Irish Aviation Authority puts it back up.

The European Microlight Federation (EMF) is coming to Dublin this weekend (March 13th and 14th) for its annual conference only to be told that the Irish Aviation Authority will not allow any of its 40,000 pilots to fly in Ireland.
The National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI), the conference hosts, said that it is ridiculous that rules implemented by the IAA means that these pilots who may tour freely around Europe are grounded once they hit Irish Airspace.

NMAI spokesman Paul Mc Mahon said: “ it is embarrassing to have to tell our European colleagues, including several multiple world champions, that they do not satisfy the IAA requirements for flying in Ireland. Apart from the loss of tourist revenue these regulations have made us the laughing stock of Europe. I have to explain to them that a pilot from Northern Ireland can fly freely all around Europe only to find when he returns home that the IAA have put the border back up and he is banned from flying in Ireland”.

Mr McMahon added: “ Repeated attempts by the NMAI to bring our regulations into line with the rest of Europe have been rebuffed by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA). The IAA appear to be accountable to no one. As requests to the Minister for transport have gone unanswered, the NMAI intends to mount pickets on the IAA in order to bring these issues to the attention of the media and the general public.”
Information on the picket will be provided shortly.

For futher information contact:
Paul McMahon NMAI Chairman 086 8745854
Padraig Higgins NMAI Vice Chairman 087 2225925

NMAI - National Microlight Association of Ireland - http://www.nmai.ie/ - the Association representing microlight pilots in Ireland. Microlights are sports “aircraft” limited to a weight of 450 kilograms or less.

IAA - Irish Aviation Authority - http://www.iaa.ie/ - the civil aviation Regulatory Authority responsible for the implementation of European and international protocols regarding flight safety and regulation.

EMF – European Microlight Federation - http://www.emf.nanco.no/ - Founded in 2003, the European Microlight Federation has become of the largest and most energetic of the pan-European sports and recreational aviation organisations. The EMF boasts 26 member associations from 23 European nations representing some 40,000 microlighters.
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