Irish Air Laws

The Irish Air Laws below apply to all free flying paraglider, hangglider and FLPA flights.

All paragliding, hang gliding and FLPA flights are goverened by Visual Flight Rules unless express permission is granted by Air Traffic Control, in which case the flight is governed by Special Visual Flight Rules.

VFR - is a daylight flight with three miles visibility and 1000' clearance from clouds, verticle and horozontal clearance.

Special VFR - is a clearance, from ATC, permitting a VFR flight to operate in controlled airspace with minimums of 1 mile visibility, and "clear of clouds."

VFR ends at sundown, when the sun touches the horizon. This is a different time each day, which ATC will advise.

Requirement to hold an FLPA Pilot Licence.

As a student FLPA pilot you can fly under supervision of an IAA accepted flying instructor. Or on completeing your training at a school with a syllabus that is accepted by the Irish Aviation Authority "(3) submit satisfactory evidence to the Authority of approved or accepted training completed in any State or completed with an aviation association holding a recognition from any State;" you can apply for an Exemption/Licence, making sure that your logbook is up to date, that you have an official school training record of training with a school stamp, a current class 2 medical cert and insurance cover.

The Irish Air Laws below apply to FLPA Pilots.

1. Have a current Class 2 medical cert.

2. All Flights must be conducted in daylight Visual Meteorological Conditions (VMC) under Visual Flight Rules (VFR) and in Class G air- space below 3,000ft above Mean Sea Level (AMSL).

3. Any flights made under the exemption shall be in compliance with the requirements of the airworthiness Standards Department of the Authority.

4. Your pilot log book and Exemption shall be made available within a reasonable period to: a. An authorised Officer of the Authority. b. A member of the Garda. c. An officer of the Customs and Excise.

5. No flight shall be made for hire or reward or for any valuable consideration.

6. The pilot shall maintain a record of all flights made under this exemption in a suitable log book.

7. No passenger may be carried on any flight.

8. Any accident involving substantial injury or death of any person or substantial damage to the equipment being used for flying shall be reported in writing to the Authority, irrespective of any liability to report the same information to the Air Accident Unit of the Department of Transport.

9. No flight may be made at any height over: a. Any town, City or built-up area. b. Any area of commercial, residential or recreational use. c. Any open air assembly of persons, whether gathered in connection with an event of public entertainment or otherwise.

10. The exemption shall only be valid while the insurance cover is in force.

11. These exemptions are valid for one year and need to be renewed and renewal can be refused at any time by the Authority.

*The above Air Law can change from time to time and its your responsibility to be fully aware, ignorance of the law is no defence in a court of law.