Iolar Challenge 2022

Season 3, Ep. 16

The Iolar Challenge 2022 was held at Ballyboughal Airfield and organised by the Air Activities team of Scouting Ireland. This year’s event was attended by over 120 youth participants who were aged between 12 & 17 years old and hailed from all over Ireland. The event opened for check-in on Friday evening. Everyone camped on-site for the weekend with full catering and even an outdoor cinema which features a message from Commander Chris Hadfield wishing the scouts the best for their event. Chris is a Canadian retired astronaut, engineer, fighter pilot, and musician.

In all, over 130 participants were educated in the practicalities of aviation and they had a great opportunity to be bitten by the aviation bug. Ballyboughal Airfield, the Air Activities team and all the volunteers look forward to seeing them progress through their Scouting Ireland Air Skills Badge levels and maybe even taking up a career in the aviation industry in Ireland.

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AIRCORP 112 - 10 Years of EAS

Season 3, Ep. 13
One of the greatest pleasures in bringing you this podcast is that we get to meet with people with a passion for what they do. This episode is no different as we are in Baldonnel with the Irish Air Corp as they celebrate not only 100 years of operation but, especially this week, ten years of the Emergency Aeromedical Service EASThe Emergency Aeromedical Service (EAS), which has had a residence in Custume Barracks, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, is a joint project between the HSE and the Defence Forces. Air Corps flight crews work alongside National Ambulance Service Advance Paramedics in a dedicated military helicopter for the rapid transfer of critical patients to the most appropriate hospital in the country. Initially set up in 2012 for a 12- month trial period, the aim was to assess the level and type of dedicated Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) required in Ireland in light of recent closures of regional facilities such as Roscommon Hospital. Since its inception, it has become a vital asset in terms of critical pre-hospital care and has completed over 3500 missions.  We speak with Commandant Oisin McGrath, Officer Commanding 301 Squadron, the (Tactical Helicopter Squadron). Lieutenant Colin Delaney, is currently a copilot on the AW139. Captain Jason Mc Dermott; the officer tasked with being responsible for the helicopter operation in Athlone, Sergeant Philip Byrne, Pat Moran and Tommy Monaghan both Advanced Paramedics from the National Ambulance Service and Sergeant Diarmuid Corcoran Crewman on the AW139.