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Flying a Powered Paraglider / Paramotor / Parachute in Ireland

Powered Paragliders (including aircraft with a parawing, parachute, foil, canopy, or other lifting device) are a category of sporting or recreational aircraft that do not meet internationally recognised certification standards for aircraft. Nevertheless, because these aircraft are powered, aviation regulations require that they must be registered and have a valid Certificate of Airworthiness or Flight Permit before they are flown in the State. Powered Paraglider pilots are also required to hold an appropriate pilot licence or other equivalent qualification valid in Ireland. 

If you decide to fly a powered paraglider, you should be aware that you are personally responsible for ensuring that you are appropriately qualified and that the aircraft is in an airworthy state and that any operational and emergency equipment fitted is correctly installed and serviceable. Powered paraglider pilots also need to have permission to take-off and land at the places that they operate from, while also meeting the applicable conditions of the IAA Aerodromes and Visual Aids Order.  

The following points are provided for ease of access to the applicable aviation regulatory requirements for flying powered paragliders in Ireland:

Aircraft Registration  

Any powered aircraft that comprises a paraglider, parawing, paraglider, foil, canopy or other lifting device, must be registered in Ireland or another ICAO signatory state before it is operated in Ireland. More information here:  IAA NOTICE G13 REGISTRATION of POWERED PARAGLIDERS 

Flight Permits and Maintenance of Annex I aircraft

Generally, powered paragliders fall into a category of aircraft listed in Annex I to the Basic Regulation (EU) 2018/1139. These aircraft are not subject to European Regulations but are subject to national legislation. More information here: IAA ADVISORY MEMORANDUM REGARDING FLIGHT PERMITS AND MAINTENANCE OF ANNEX I AIRCRAFT  

An ANNEX I aircraft registered in Ireland must have a valid Certificate of Airworthiness or Flight Permit before it is operated anywhere in the State. When such aircraft have a single seat, it may automatically qualify for a Flight Permit subject to certain criteria. More information here: FLIGHT PERMIT REQUIREMENT FOR SINGLE SEAT ANNEX I AIRCRAFT 

Pilot Licensing Requirements

Under the Irish Aviation Authority (Personnel Licensing) Order, a pilot of a powered aircraft flown in the state is required to hold a pilot licence or an exemption from holding a pilot licence issued in Ireland. More information here: POWERED PARAGLIDER PILOT LICENSING REQUIREMENTS 

Alternatively, the holder of an appropriate pilot licence or aviation qualification issued by another ICAO signatory state or its national aviation authority or qualified entity, which permits or is accepted as being appropriate to enable the holder to act as pilot-in-command within that state of an ANNEX I aircraft, shall be exempt within the territorial limits of the State from the requirements of Article 5 of the Order while acting as a member of the flight crew of an aircraft being operated as a private aircraft. More information here: IAA NOTICE ABOUT THE ACCEPTANCE OF FLIGHT CREW LICENSING AND QUALIFICATIONS FROM OUTSIDE IRELAND 

Rules of the Air

Pilots of powered paragliders should be aware of the Rules of the Air applicable to their flights and to other aircraft sharing the same airspace. The regulations establishing the common rules of the air and operational provisions regarding services and procedures in air navigation applicable to general air traffic are set out in the Standardised European Rules of the Air (SERA). More information here: STANDARDISED EUROPEAN RULES OF THE AIR  

Visiting Aircraft

The IAA has made provisions for amateur-built/home-built aircraft registered in a Member State of the European Civil Aviation Conference and Civil aircraft classified in paragraphs (b), (d), (e), (f), (g), (h) and (j) of Annex I to Regulation (EU) No. 2018/1139 operating under a Permit to Fly scheme, Permit to Fly exemption, or equivalent, registered in any European Union member state. Under these arrangements, visiting aircraft, including powered-paragliders, may not remain in the Republic of Ireland for a period of more than 28 days in any one visit without prior permission from the IAA, - with the exception of aircraft registered in the United Kingdom registered to an address in Northern Ireland. More information here: VISITING AIRCRAFT NOT HOLDING ICAO COMPLIANT CERTIFICATE OF AIRWORTHINESS


Private aircraft, including powered parachutes, may use places not licensed as an aerodrome provided that the pilot of such aircraft holds a valid pilot licence, ensures that landing and take-off at such place can be effected without undue hazard to persons and property, and obtains the prior permission of the owner or occupier of that place. More information here: Irish Aviation Authority (Aerodromes and Visual Ground Aids) Order (SI 355 of 2008)