IAA Website - Tuesday, October 26, 2021 9:33 AM

Foot-Launched Powered Aircraft


Under the Irish Aviation Authority (Personnel Licensing) Order, a pilot of a FLPA is required to hold a pilot Licence. However, as the IAA is currently in the process of developing the FLPA pilot licensing system, FLPA pilots are currently permitted to operate under an Exemption issued by the IAA, i.e. this is a document which exempts them from holding a pilot licence subject to meeting certain requirements.

Requirements for Training

A person wishing to obtain an FPLA qualification must undergo a course of ground (Theoretical Knowledge) and flight training which is set out in an appropriate syllabus. This training will need to be obtained at a Registered Training Facility (RTF) accepted by the IAA for that purpose. Flight training covers normal and emergency procedures in general handling and cross-country navigation exercises. A minimum of 15 hours total flight time must be obtained, which must include 5 hours of solo time and the required qualifying solo cross country flight. Ground training covers airframe or canopy and engine technical knowledge, aircraft performance, meteorology (weather), navigation theory and flight planning, air law (Rules of the Air) and Human Performance & Limitations (the medical, physical and psychological aspects of flying). There is no requirement for radio communications or Air Traffic Control procedures training as FLPAs are prohibited from operating in controlled airspace.

Persons who can give FLPA Training

Training must be undertaken with a qualified FLPA Flight Instructor (abbreviated "FI[FLPA]"). Such an instructor will hold an FLPA qualification which will be endorsed as a Flight Instructor Rating for the FLPA classes in which they are qualified to instruct. In addition, the RTF (FLPA) where instruction is being undertaken must be registered with the IAA for that purpose as a Registered Training Facility (RTF). The RTF will have a Certificate of Registration which must be displayed in a prominent place within the premises.

FLPA Pilot Medical Requirements

Before going solo or being issued with an FLPA Pilot Licence, a person must pass a medical examination for an EASA Light Aircraft Pilot License (LAPL) Medical Certificate. For FLPA Flight Instructors a Class 2 Medical is required. This examination must be undertaken with a doctor who is nominated as an Aeromedical Examiner(AME) by the IAA.

Other Forms of Powered Paraglider


Other forms of Powered Paragliders such as those fitted with trikes also require a licence or exemption.


Please contact licensing@iaa.ie for detail