General Aviation

Published on April 18th, 2020 | by Mark Dwyer


IAA Clarify Advice to General Aviation Operators

NOTICE TO: General Aviation Aircraft Operators

Operators and Pilots are reminded that the Public Health Measures introduced by the Irish Government on the 25th of March 2020 are applicable to all individuals regardless of their mode of transport. These Government measures require that except for essential service providers, everyone else in Ireland has to stay at home, only going out for a few key reasons, such as shopping for food or for exercise within 2km of your place of residence.

In keeping with these measures, aircraft should not be operated unless the movement of the aircraft conforms with government advised exceptions. As a rule of thumb, recreational or private transport  flights should not be undertaken in the State. Any such, unnecessary flights in the State are considered to be the same as unnecessary journeys by car and may therefore be subject to a law enforcement investigation. Additionally, it is possible that any unnecessary flights that experience an emergency situation may divert emergency services from other necessary tasks.

There are exceptions for some workers in key essential services but for most people, the rule is simple: Stay at Home

Essential service provider information can be found at

Detail of the Public Health Measures can be found on the Department of Health website

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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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