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AirNav Ireland provides air traffic management services including: Air Traffic Control Flight information Alerting and search and rescue services Aeronautical information North Atlantic Communications

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Air Traffic Management

AirNav Ireland provides air traffic management services in the 451,000 km2 of airspace controlled by Ireland. This airspace forms a crucial gateway for air traffic between Europe and North America.

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Flight Planning

Welcome to the AirNav Ireland Flight Planning area. This section contains allow pilots to file, change, delay or cancel flight plans.

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Aviation delivers strong economic and social benefits, but it can also have detrimental impacts on the environment. We have a critical part to play in driving down emissions and delivering a sustainable future for the industry.

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Minimum Age 

You must be at least 18 years of age to apply. All applications must be accompanied by a Valid or True Copy of your Birth Certificate or passport.

A True Copy is defined as a photocopy of the original document that has been certified by an appropriate person as being 'A True Copy of the Original'. The signatory certifying the document must state on the copy 'this is a true copy of the original document sighted by me.' Documents that are not original and are not signed may be submitted to support an application, as long as they are provided with the application and are from a known source.


You need a Leaving Certificate with 5 passes (including Maths) with Grade C in at least 2 Higher Level Papers. The educational standard required is a minimum of Level 5 on the National Framework of Qualifications Ireland (NFQ). An equivalent second level qualification may be acceptable but it must include Mathematically based subjects.  The Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) is the single structure mechanism for recognising all education and training in Ireland. Further details are available on

The Irish Education System has changed in recent years. Below please find a chart to assist with clarifying your eligibility for application purposes.

Candidates who claim eligibility through the holding of other awards. including foreign qualifications that signify at least comparable learning, will have the validity of their qualifications assessed by NARIC Ireland on behalf of QQI.

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English Language Proficiency 

English language proficiency is essential.


AirNav Ireland provides ELPAC (English Language Proficiency for Aeronautical Communication) assessment services for both ANS staff and Pilots. 

Developed by EUROCONTROL, the ELPAC test fully meets ICAO standards and recommended practices. The ELPAC test for air traffic controllers is fully recognised by ICAO for being in compliance with ICAO Doc 9835. The ELPAC test for pilots is being reviewed by ICAO.

The ELPAC suite comprises three tests

  2. ELPAC pilots
  3. ELPAC level 6 (ATC+pilots).

Our Eurocontrol trained and accredited staff test and assess language proficiency and competency for:

  • Level 4( operational)
  • Level 5 (extended)
  • Level 6 (expert)

You must understand the English language to at minimum level four of the ICAO Language Proficiency Rating Scale.

The regulatory approved test centre is located at the AirNav Ireland Enroute Control Centre, Ballycasey, Shannon, County Clare, Ireland.

Touch Typing 

You must possess the ability to touch type.

Medical Requirements 

An applicant or holder of a radio officer or student radio officer license must, upon such occasions as AirNav Ireland requires, submit to a medical examination by an AirNav Ireland approved personnel, either generally or in a particular case, who then will make a report to AirNav Ireland in such form as we may require.