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The Irish Aviation Authority intends to issue a Private Pilot Licence (PPL(A)) for Foot-Launched Powered Aircraft (FLPA), to replace the existing permission system of Exemptions from Irish Aviation Authority (Personnel Licensing), Order (S.I. No. 333 of 2000) (as amended). The term “FLPA” describes either of two aircraft of the aeroplane category - being either a foot-launched powered hang glider or a foot-launched powered paraglider. It is intended that the Licences will issue under the existing powers of the Authority contained in the Personnel Licensing Order after an assessment of documentary evidence supplied by the Licence applicant as regards theoretical knowledge and practical flight training and overall experience. The draft Aeronautical Notice published here is a technical adaptation of the requirements of the Personnel Licensing Order which was originally written with the requirements for a conventional 3-axis aeroplane under the international standards of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) document “Annex 1 – Personnel Licensing” and the European standards in JAR-FCL 1 (Aeroplane). The reduced experience and training requirements defined by the draft Aeronautical Notice are based on a generic requirement for FLPA training which should take into account existing training practices of the Irish and UK FLPA sectoral associations. Depending on the written response received, it may be appropriate for the Authority to hold a consultation meeting whereby written submissions by interested parties can be further explored and clarified. The closing date for receipt of written submissions, which should be sent by Email to address “ fod@iaa.ie “, will be 31st October, 2017.

AN No P25-Lic for FLPA

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