General Aviation

Published on August 7th, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer

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Irish Airspace Users Invited to Join Online Discussion

Irish Airspaces users will get together online on Monday evening at 7 pm for a Zoom call to discuss the latest Airspace Change Proposal (ACP) from the IAA (you can read it here). The majority of the submissions for the original airspace review had supported a reduction in controlled airspace, particularly in many of the regional airports where airspace on either side of the centreline is clearly not required. To the shock and dismay of most people in the GA community, in the ACP published in mid-July, the planned controlled airspace actually increased! Regional Control Zones which previously had a radius of 10 nautical miles have proposed dimensions of 20nm x 20 nm taking up 400 square nautical miles of airspace! The ‘stubs’, which are the CTAs that extend out in the approach direction of each runway have expanded by 100%.

The IAA hosted an online briefing session on Wednesday 28th July as an opportunity to clarify the Review of Irish Airspace Proposals as outlined in the consultation documentation. It was described by participants as unprofessional at best and….I better not use some of the other more colourful words to describe the IAA’s presentation!

Interested parties have until close of business on 12th August to submit their comments to the Airspace Change Proposal. A number of Irish airspace users will join a Zoom call on Monday evening at 7 pm to discuss what was said at the IAA briefing session and discuss concerns relating to the current ACP. If you intend on submitting a comment and would like to join the Zoom call, please email your request to mark@flyinginireland.com for details on how to join the call.

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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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