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UK and Ireland reach general exemption agreement

PUBLISHED: 12:56 01 May 2012 | UPDATED: 14:13 10 October 2012

UK and Ireland reach general exemption agreement

UK and Ireland reach general exemption agreement

Pilots of UK-registered amateur-built aircraft, and other listed types, can now fly to the Republic of Ireland for 28 days through a general exemption.

Pilots of UK-registered amateur-built aircraft, and other listed types, can now fly to the Republic of Ireland for 28 days through a general exemption.

This is due to an agreement reached between the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA).

The changes will come into effect immediately and reciprocal arrangements are offered for pilots of Irish registered craft. Previously pilots were required to make individual applications to the IAA, even for flights originating in Northern Ireland.

Access is subject to compliance with a number of conditions, including that the aircraft needs to be registered and have a valid airworthiness certificate.

However, some non-ICAO compliant aircraft – such as ex-military aircraft types and gyroplanes – remain excluded from the agreement and will still need to apply for an individual exemption. This will also apply to aircraft wishing to stay for more than 28 days.

The CAA has also completed a wider review of the agreement, which is detailed in Generic Concession No.6 (GC6, previously Airworthiness Notice 52). As a result the requirement to notify the organisation with the aircraft details, via a website, prior to making a trip has been removed. Further information may be found here.

GC6 provides certain amateur-built aircraft with a general exemption, in line with the 1980 European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) recommendation that aimed to establish the free movement of such aircraft across Europe. It covers the policy for non-UK registered non-ICAO compliant aircraft to access UK airspace, and the document has been revised to include details of the new agreement.



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