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Aviation News from Ireland Week starting May 1st, 2023

Season 4, Ep. 25

Welcome to Squawk 7000's weekly round-up of aviation news, brought to you in partnership with Flying In, starting May 1st. Remember to subscribe and keep us your top choice for Ireland's aviation podcast, delivering news to your device every Monday morning. 

Dublin and Shannon Airport expected a passenger surge for the May Bank Holiday Weekend. Avolon Commits to Order 40 Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft, Valued at Over $4 Billion. EirTrade Aviation Expands US Operations with New Team in Atlanta, and Atlantic Aviation Group Launches Trainee and Apprenticeship Program Amid Global Shortage of Aircraft Maintenance Engineers and the team from D-Fend Solutions talk about the drone threat to airports and their solution.

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    Welcome to Squawk 7000's weekly round-up of aviation news from Ireland, brought to you in partnership with Flying In and, for the week starting September 25th. Remember to subscribe and keep us your top choice for Ireland's aviation podcast, delivering news to your device every Monday morning. And remember, you can ask your smart speaker to play our latest episode any time.The headlines this week;The IBGAA Conference 2023 at Adare Manor: Keynote by Irish Minister; Focus on Sustainability and Air Charter EvaluationICBE Aviation Skillnet Invites Students to the "Future of Women in Aviation" Webinar on October 17th.The Air Corps Celebrates 60 Years of Helicopters: There is an event at Shannon Aviation Museum on October 14th.Shannon Airport Extends Munster Rugby Sponsorship Until 2026, Airbus A321XLR Conducts Route Proving Tests in Dublin: Essential Step Towards Certification
  • 2. Aviation News Week September 18th, 2023

    Welcome to Squawk 7000's weekly round-up of aviation news from Ireland, brought to you in partnership with and for the week starting September 18th. Remember to subscribe and keep us your top choice for Ireland's aviation podcast, delivering news to your device every Monday morning. Remember to ask your smart device, Alexa or Google, to Play Squawk 7000. The headlines this week; Multiple aviation events, including the Breakfast Fly-in at Birr, face postponement due to unfavourable weather conditions, affecting general aviation activities. The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) criticises a drone operator in Clonmel for breaching privacy and posing flight safety risks during a road collision, underscoring violations of drone regulations. Michael O'Leary, Ryanair's CEO, criticises night flight planning restrictions at Dublin Airport and proposes the Dublin Airport Authority's acquisition of adjacent land for expansion, emphasising the need for competitive pricing. The Ulster Aviation Society receives a prized Hawk aircraft as a gift from the Red Arrows, enhancing their collection and furthering their commitment to aviation history. Aer Lingus partners with Nobox recruitment to initiate a recruitment drive, aiming to hire over 200 cabin crew members, aligning with the airline's workforce diversification strategy and commitment to career progression for employees.
  • 1. Aviation News from Ireland Sept' 11th 2023

    Welcome to Squawk 7000's weekly round-up of aviation news from Ireland, back with you for Season Five and brought to you in partnership with Flying In for the week starting September 11. It's good to be back with you after a challenging summer for light aviation, with almost nine weekends in a row when the weather was challenging. Remember to subscribe and keep us your top choice for Ireland's aviation podcast, delivering news to your device every Monday morning.  In the headlines this week, Major Aviation Contract Signed: Department of Transport Partners with Bristow Ireland Limited for Irish Coast Guard ServicesCHC Ireland Safety Stand Down: Precautionary Measures Amid SAR Contract TransitionIrish Aerobatics Champion Laura Russell: Prepares for World Advanced Aerobatics ChampionshipsSummerhill and Tullamore Masts Demolished: with Clearer Skies for Leinster Pilots and aRecord-Breaking Month at Ireland West Airport: August Sees Surge in Passenger Numbers
  • 19. Ready for Las Vegas and the World Aerobatics Championships

    On this episode of Squawk 7000, we talk with Laura Russell, a trailblazing pilot with Aer Lingus who will compete at the World Aerobatics Championships in Las Vegas this October.Hailing from Cork, Laura’s impressive resume boasts a range of titles, including Airline Pilot, Upside-Down Pilot (her words), Physicist, Web Designer, and Powerlifter.In this energy-filled, thought-provoking episode, Laura shares with us her journey and how she has excelled in such varied fields.From the cockpit of a commercial aeroplane to studying the complexities of quantum physics, Laura’s passion for learning and pushing herself to new limits is truly inspiring.As we chat with her from her home in Monkstown, we get a glimpse into her preparations for the upcoming championship and the challenges that lie ahead.Join us as we delve into the extraordinary life of Laura Russell, a shining example of determination and excellence in a constantly developing world.
  • 32. Mark Dwyer and Jenny Jacobs - it's fun to fly

    In this end-of-season episode, I chat with Mark Dwyer of Funfly Aerosports and and his partner Jenny Jacobs of about their lives in aviation. I met them both at the FunFly AGM this weekend, and as the school's aircraft flew overheads, the Irish Parachute Club's two aircraft were busy too.Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition, he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying, Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF).Jenny Jacobs is Director and Operations Manager at, a dedicated online pilot shop and consultancy for pilots in Ireland.
  • 31. "Orville Wright was alive when my plane left the factory"

    In 2023 David Kelly's aircraft will be 82. It's a Luscombe - a tail dragged, and he started looking for it before finishing his PPL. On this episode of Long Final, David shares some entries from his logbook and tells us the story of his "affair" with a classic aircraft that left the factory in 1941 when Charles Lindbergh was only 39, and Orville Wright was still alive.
  • 30. The Ballyboy Breakfast Fly-In Sunday May 28th.

    The summer flying season continued this weekend with the Ballyboy Breakfast Fly-in this Sunday, May 28th. Over 40 aircraft made the trip, and funds were raised for St.Vincent de Paul. A special thanks to Bernard Cullen and the folk at Ballyboy - we spoke with Cathal O'Connell, Michael Hickey, Chairman of the Irish Historic Flight Foundation, and John Matthews. Cub Owner Stephen Ryan from Funfly. Simon Corcoran, Nathan Gray and Darragh McGuinness from Sligo Aero Club. Airfield is situated 2nm northeast of Athboy Co. Meath, Ireland, only 45 minutes from Dublin by motorway.  Ballyboy Athboy Airfield (ICAO EIMH) is situated 2nm northeast of Athboy Co. Meath, Ireland and only 40 minutes from Dublin by motorway, putting us in an ideal location to accommodate visitors from all over Ireland and overseas.​Please familiarise yourself with our guidance for pilots, including our preferred arrival/departure procedures.​GPS coordinates: N53°38'27 W006°52'72.​600m grass and tarmac runway 29/11 (grass x18m, Tarmac x12m)Avgas and Jet A-1 fuelMogas available in Athboy town (2 miles)Ample parkingHangarageTea/coffee, coffee dock and lounge area availableShower facilitiesCamping - contact us to arrangeRestaurants, supermarkets and services are available in nearby Athboy town, just 2 miles from Ballyboy Airfield.Accommodation, taxi and car rental can be made available.Licensed by the Aeronautical Services Department of the Irish Aviation Authority
  • 29. Petticoat Pilots - Women aviators Ireland 1909-1939

    In 2021 I recorded an interview with author and pilot Michael Traynor. Michael is the author of two large, hardback volumes totalling around 600 pages, including almost 800 images, called Petticoat Pilots from 1909 to 1939.Michael tells the stories of twelve trail-blazing women. He spent eight years researching the lives of these women. With an introduction by no less than the president, Michael D. Higgins, it's a remarkable piece of work.  Michael joined me from his home, and before we talked about his latest book, I was curious about his own flying career.More information on the book is available at
  • 28. Aviation & Met Eireann

    Back in June 2021 - when we were flying a lot less - we caught up with Tony Tighe, Head of Aviation Services Met Eireann, for one of our Long Final Interviews to talk about the services available to general aviation in particular. The first ‘real-time weather observation was transmitted from Valentia Island in Co. Kerry on the 8th of October, 1860. However, it was not until 1936 that the Irish Meteorological Service provided accurate weather information for transatlantic aviation. Forecasting for aviation was the chief preoccupation for the fledgling Service. That is, until 1948, when it assumed responsibility for the weather forecasts broadcast by Radio Éireann. Many things have changed in the intervening years, such as the installation of high-resolution weather radar systems at Dublin Airport and Shannon Airport in 1990 and 1996, respectively. In March 1996, its 60th year of operation, the Meteorological Service adopted the new title Met Éireann. In 2001, Met Éireann launched its website, and in 2008, a specialised web-based Met Self Briefing service was introduced to provide aviation data to pilots and aviation customers.