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All sailplanes with a maximum empty mass, of more than 80kg when a single-seater or 100kg when a two-seater, including those which are launched are subject to the requirements of European Regulations.
The Irish Gliding & Soaring Association (IGSA) holds approval to maintain sailplanes (Part M Subpart F), carry out Airworthiness Reviews (Part M Subpart G) and issue Airworthiness Review Certificates (ARC). They also provide guidance material for owners to develop a maintenance programme for their sailplane. Additionally, the IGSA oversees pilot authorisation for gliding and soaring operations conducted in the Republic of Ireland.
The scope of gliding and soaring operations in the Republic of Ireland encompasses some 120 pilots operating approx. 30 sailplanes under the control of the IGSA.