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I found this quite interesting.
Maybe some benefits to EASA after all.
if the link doesn't work, put the sentence below into google and look for the document dated September 2012
caa vfr at night in class d airspace
Interesting, Thanks for the post,
http://www.caa.co.uk/docs/33/CAP493Supp ... ssue02.pdf
Part-SERA is expected to come into force on 4 December 2012 (albeit with a transition period enabled until 4 December 2014). This Regulation will allow Member States to decide whether to allow aircraft to fly under VFR at night and it is anticipated that all European States will choose to follow this route as most already do.
What's the chances of Ireland allowing it? Fat chance, slim chance, not a chance, no chance or are you even a chancer for asking about it?
As there is no "D" airspace in the shannon FIR, the IAA can breath a sigh of relief. We couldn't have that sort of thing in Ireland! Or have I missed the point?
The class D part isn't too relevant, as the first document linked to is simply the UK implimenting the Single European Rules of the Air (part of which Aviators Guide has linked to).
My understanding is the same as Aviators' Guide's. The Single European Rules of the Air will be far from Single European! Each country seems to have a choice over VFR at night, and while they might "expect" that every country will allow it, I'm not so sure that the IAA will.
I hope to be plesantly surprised though
I asked an IAA guy about it, back when they did air accident investigations and he said that the status would remain unchanged, because they didn't want to be scraping fellas off mountains (his words). He said that the only people who actually needed to fly at night in NVFR were the small commercials and they invariably used SVFR to avoid Nav charges. Anyone else flying at night, he said, were usually people chancing their arm outside the zones.
I'd be surprised if it changed.
Agh it's a good thing we leave nothing to chance in Ireland.
I'll be waiting for the UK AAIB website to implode with the gruesome details of all the british pilots they've scraped off various mountains at night, as they fall foul of the privileges offered by the new legislation. Chances are I could be waiting a while.
Hardly a great endorsement for the flight training they preside over and garner fee's from if they do not trust the pilots they regulate, to do what's been safely done for decades in other countries? Funny that there are hundreds of minimum time SPL novices flying night xcountry flights all over the US, and they mostly seem to safely alight on terra firma.
Stovepipe and Pilot are pretty accurate here in their viewpoints. Perhaps what really get's exposed here is, we get regulation here based on a presumption of "Need"... If it is thought that nobody "Needs" to fly VFR at night then why waste time to confer that privilege into regulation? In other countries GA is regulated as to maximize utility that can be achieved from given infrastructure. It's nice to know my presumed "Needs" are being thought of elsewhere, by somebody else who cares
P.S. Perhaps it's an underground conspiracy to get all pilots home from the airfield in time for their tea and favorite TV? Makes as much sense......
I heard of someone who has flown NVFR various times outside controlled airspace after departing a control zone in the Shannon FIR and nothing was said to them whilst in radio contact with Shannon?
I'm sure that the ATC guys in Shannon must know that NVFR in uncontrolled airspace is not allowed? Its very silly when you think of it that you can fly from Enniskillen to London NVFR but yet you cant hop from Enniskillen to Sligo?
Got the below from this link on the IAA website http://www.iaa.ie/safe_reg/iaip/Frame1.htm
2.8. VFR Flights at Night
2.8.1. VFR flights at night operated in a control zone shall be operated as special VFR flights subject to a
clearance from the air traffic control unit responsible for that zone and elsewhere in accordance with the
conditions prescribed by the Authority or, in any other state, the appropriate ATS authority;
2.8.2. Special VFR flights at night authorised in a control zone may only operate to or from aerodromes or
heliports suitably equipped for night operations;
2.8.3. Flights by night outside a control zone shall be operated as IFR flights in accordance with Part IV of the
Rules in this Order unless otherwise prescribed or authorised by the Authority.
If enough people make enough noise, then the IAA might listen. After all, if an Irish-issued EASA license is supposed to be equal to anyone else's, then the alleged privilege of flying at night must, by default be available to holders of same without restriction, because the present condition is, in effect, unilaterally imposing a condition on all Irish pilots. Apart from that, the IAA would probably have to allow it so as to pass their EASA audits.
Sounds a bit odd to me that you cant fly VFR at night in Ireland . I hold a USA ppl and have to do whats called night currency , meaning once every 90 days I have to do 3 take offs and landings to full stop in order to be night current . If not then its just the same flight with an instructor to become current again . For the USA PPL there is night flying time required and a dual night cross country vfr .
It dont make sence that you should have to have an IFR rating to fly vfr at night . Most pilots have GPS in their craft now anyway so its not like pilots would be reading maps and looking for landmarks at night .!
As AG says....the FIR boundary is clearly marked on the chart. Inside that there is no VFR at night. Special VFR at night is only available in Control Zones. Not CTA's or any other form of controlled airspace but Control Zones only (CTR). They too are marked on the map, but none of them touch an FIR boundary.
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