The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) is set to make changes to airworthiness requirements where pilots of Irish registered aircraft can visit the UK for up to 28 days under a general exemption.
It is hoped that the new arrangements could give a welcome boost to the tourism sector by simplifying the process by which UK recreational pilots can fly their aircraft to this country.
Kevin Humphreys, IAA Director Safety Regulation said: ‘This is a very positive initiative for the recreational aviation communities of both Ireland and the UK.
“Any UK-based licensed recreational pilot who fulfils the criteria will now be able to operate in Ireland for short periods under a general acceptance, thus greatly simplifying the process of flying a recreational aircraft from the UK to Ireland.
“We are confident this will lead to an increase in the numbers of pilots so doing which will bring a welcome boost to the tourism numbers from this sector.”
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