Published on June 30th, 2019 | by Mark Dwyer


Minister Announces New Modern Irish Aviation Regulator

In our original article published on Sunday 30th June, we stated that the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) is to be renamed the Irish Air Navigation Authority. We have been informed by the IAA, that the name ‘Irish Air Navigation Authority’ used in the Heads of Bill is just a working title and no decision on this new name has been taken yet. (Although FII notes that the domain name was registered by the IAA last week). We are happy to make this correction and have amended the title of this article accordingly.

The Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Shane Ross TD published the General Scheme of the Air Navigation and Transport Bill 2019, which was approved by Government last week. The new Authority will combine some of the functions of the existing IAA and the Commission for Aviation Regulation which is to be dissolved.

Minister Ross said “The Bill will establish a new, modern regulator which will act as a ‘one stop shop’ for safety, security, economic and consumer regulation requirements, providing  cleaner and more efficient lines of communication and customer service for both the travelling public, industry, and workers within the aviation sector”.

The Government has also agreed that necessary administrative transition arrangements are crucial to paving the way to the effective establishment of the new regulator. The Government has therefore approved the appointment of a Chief Regulator designate who will be responsible for leading the transition to the new arrangements. Arrangements to facilitate this appointment will be put in place as soon as possible.

The full 131 page bill can be read HERE.

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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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