General Aviation

Published on November 11th, 2018 | by Mark Dwyer


Results of Safety of General Aviation Safety in Ireland Survey

Back in February we asked readers if they could participate in a survey on The Safety of General Aviation in Ireland Survey. The results have just been published by the author John Owens they can be viewed here. 161 responses were received which presented participants with up to 37 questions, based on their answers to previous questions. The report only presents the results to the questions, there is no analysis.

The majority of participants were in the 41-70 age bracket with a PPL being the most common licence held. The figure below shows the breakdown of experience including Total GA Hours, Total Hours, GA Hours in the last 12 months, Days flown in the last 12 months, Hours flown per flying Day and Landings flown per hour. The Blue Box represents the interquartile range (middle 50%), with the thick horizontal line indicating median value and the thin horizontal line indicating the mean value. Most pilots appeared to fly between 12-40 hours per year, just over 1 hour per flying day and on average, two landings per flying hour.

The majority of pilots took an instructional flight within the last two years, this is not surprising as most licences require a flight with an instructor every two years. Participants were asked what other types of training they would benefit from. The majority suggested instrument training, upset prevention and recovery training and aerobatic training.

Most participants flew Single Engine Piston aircraft with a large chunk also flying 3 Axis microlights. These were fairly equally divided between owned, group owned or hired from a flying club or school. These aircraft were mostly registered in Ireland with approximately 60% operated from licensed airfields with the remainder being flown from unlicensed / farm strips.

The survey also covered other areas such as GPS Navigation, Airspace Used, Flight Preparation, Access to Safety Information and General Aviation Safety. I highly recommended any GA pilots in Ireland to give it a read. It can be viewed here.

Many pilots commented that they had nowhere to discuss or ask questions about safety. In an attempt to address this issue, I’m opening up the Flying In Ireland Forum to allow pilots to discuss this issue. I’ve started a specific thread here, so feel free to use it to comment on, or discuss the report or its contents. If anyone has any issues posting, please email me at

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About the Author

Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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