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Club Talk / Glider A & B Crets.
« on: February 02, 2017, 11:30:01 AM »
Hi lads. I take it you all have seen this.


To all Club Secretaries:
Attached please find Appendix L which was ratified at the last Council meeting. Please arrange to distribute this appendix to all your club members especially to all current examiners and pupils training for A certs. This document has the current requirements for the A + B scheme. It will be especially important to all those examiners who did not attend the last A + B course as it contains the requirements for the Glider A + B certs. Should you or any of your club members have any questions about the document please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you.
Liam Butler
A + B Coordinator.

Club Talk / EASA Prototype Rules.
« on: November 26, 2016, 02:14:08 AM »
Update on EASA Prototype Rules
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At a meeting on 10th November, the Transport & Tourism Committee (TRAN) of the European Parliament backed plans for the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to be granted the competence to regulate unmanned aircraft below 150Kg, including model aircraft.
The TRAN Committee also backed plans requiring some form of mandatory registration and identification for all unmanned aircraft above 250 grams.
Further details of their plans can be found here:
Europe Air Sports had proposed some amendments to the EASA Basic Regulation which would have removed model flying from EASA’s remit, but these were not adopted. However, following strong representation from Europe Air Sports to key MEP’s on the TRAN Committee, they agreed a compromise amendment which was adopted. Whilst this amendment would not remove model flying from the regulations, it does provide some reassurance for the model flying community:
Recital 20 b new
Model aircraft in particular those operated within an association or a club have enjoyed a good level of safety since decades. These associations and clubs are well structured and have put in place a very good safety culture. Whilst it is recognized that model aircraft are unmanned aircraft used primarily for leisure which fall under this Basic Regulation, provisions must be included in the implementing rules or delegated acts so that model aircraft should continue to operate as they do today where under the various national systems. The implementing or delegated acts adopted under this Regulation should allow for a seamless transition from the different national systems, and should take into account existing best practices in the Member States.
The European Parliament and Council will now engage in further negotiations and it seems certain that EASA will be formally granted the competence to regulate unmanned aircraft sometime during 2017.
The feedback period for the EASA prototype rules closed on the 15th October and at a Stakeholder Meeting held on 24th October, EASA reported that a ‘significant’ number of responses had been submitted by the model flying community and that ‘not all of them were polite’. They also announced at the Stakeholder Meeting that they would be forming a small ‘Expert Group’ to work with them on reviewing, amending and developing the text of the Prototype Rules.
The constitution of the ‘Expert Group’ was confirmed on 16th November and includes representation from the model flying community, with Dave Phipps attending on behalf of Europe Air Sports and Bruno Delor attending on behalf of Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI).
The first of four proposed meetings of the ‘Expert Group’ took place at EASA’s headquarters in Cologne on Monday 21st November, during which EASA tabled for discussion the amendment to Article 15 of the Prototype Rules which had been submitted by Europe Air Sports & FAI. Please see for further details.
The amendment to Article 15 proposed by Europe Air Sports & FAI would allow Competent Authorities greater flexibility in defining the conditions, limitations and deviations applied to model flying at National level making it easier for them to minimise the effect of the rules on established model flying activities. The proposal appeared to be positively received.
EASA is now working towards preparing and releasing rules for formal consultation by the end of March 2017 (rather than by then end of 2016 as originally intended) with a target for the rules being implemented in 2018.
At the ‘Expert Group’ meeting there was also considerable discussion on the Open Category, in particular the merits of using mass versus A.I.S. (Abbreviated Injury Scale) and training versus technical limitations to control risk.  There was also discussion on where the boundary should fall between the Open and Specific Categories.
European Model Flying Union
Representatives of model flying associations from 11 member states met in Friedrichshafen on 28th October and agreed to proceed with plans to establish the European Model Flying Union (EMFU), principally to co-ordinate efforts to defend model flyers throughout Europe from the threat of disproportionate regulation.
Dave Phipps
Technical Officer for Unmanned Aircraft - Europe Air Sports

Misc / Take a look.
« on: June 30, 2016, 11:05:37 AM »
It looks like it went in twice.

No harm.


Slope Soaring / Killakee 22nd June 2016.
« on: June 23, 2016, 09:47:53 AM »

Slope Soaring / Weather for the weekend.
« on: April 15, 2016, 10:37:29 AM »
Hi Fred.
How are we looking for this weekend weather wise ?.
Have you any news for us.


For Sale / Fred's Bench Tool Box.
« on: March 23, 2016, 09:51:16 AM »
Hi Fred.
I am interested in buying two of your Bench T/Box's.
I tried to buy them online but could not do so.

Any chance you are still selling these items and if so has the price changed or are they still at €10.00 each.


IRL 346.

Electrics / Take a look.
« on: February 03, 2016, 00:14:46 AM »

Club talk / FAO: Fred.
« on: November 25, 2015, 02:31:40 AM »
Hi Fred, re Insurance.
How does the A + B cert test work/apply to a new person wanting to get into the hobby but only wants to fly Gliders from registered slopes ( ie. Joins the ISR ). How does he do his A or B cert test and if he is a novice starting out, is it not necessary for him to have an A or B cert model pilot stand beside him, as he fly's, just like standard powered MACI affiliated clubs.  


Aerotow / Glider Towing.
« on: August 04, 2012, 12:05:59 PM »
Hi all. Can anyone help. What is the best thing to use as a tow-rope. I was also told that 70' to 80' is ok to start with. Adrian.

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