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The sight, sound and smell of his office - celebrating the life of a 103 year old veteran.
Earlier today the Irish Air Corps celebrated a special centenary Veterans’ Days in Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel. As part of the event the Royal Air Force 'Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’, accompanied by the Irish aerobatic display team 'The Silver Swallows', flew in formation across Dublin City and landed at Casement Aerodrome.
The VVIP guest for the event was proud Irish man, Group Captain (Retired) John ‘Paddy’ Hemingway (Distinguished Flying Cross), a Battle of Britain Pilot who flew with distinction during World War 2. In Casement Aerodrome, John was reunited with a Hurricane Aircraft, the same type he flew in WW2. On its arrival, the Hurricane came to a stop and powered up its engines so that the wartime pilot could see, hear and smell what he called his 'office' throughout WW2. John is a resident in South Co. Dublin and celebrated his 103rd birthday this week.
The Chief of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces, Lieutenant General Seán Clancy and Royal Air Forces Deputy Commander Operations Sir Rich Knighton and General Officer Commanding the Irish Air Corps, Brigadier General Rory O'Connor were in attendance along with a range of other invited guests and veterans. We hear from the BBMF Crew and the IAC Silver Swallows.
31. "Orville Wright was alive when my plane left the factory"32:30In 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.15:28The 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.https://www.ballyboyairfield.com/Ballyboy 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 1909-193923:39In 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 https://petticoatpilots.com/
28. Aviation & Met Eireann21:00Back 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.
26. Aviation News from Ireland May 8th10:36Welcome to Squawk 7000's weekly round-up of aviation news, brought to you in partnership with Flying In Ireland.com and Pilot.ie. This episode is brought to you by Pilot.ie they are Ireland's leading online resource for student, private, and commercial pilots. Discover comprehensive flight training, aviation resources, and more tailored to your needs as www.pilot.ie Remember to subscribe and keep us your top choice for Ireland's aviation podcast, delivering news to your device every Monday morning. This week's headlines, The Regional Airports Programme 2021-2025 public consultation launched by the Department of Transport. Emerald Airlines launches new Cork-Bristol route with eco-friendly ATR 72-600 aircraft. Avia Solutions establishes global headquarters in Dublin, creating 50 jobs. Ryanair and Repsol sign MOU to advance Sustainable Aviation Fuel supply in Spain & Portugal, and the National Flight Centre gets Irish Aviation Authority approval for EASA-type rating training.
25. Aviation News from Ireland Week starting May 1st, 202320:26Welcome to Squawk 7000's weekly round-up of aviation news, brought to you in partnership with Flying In Ireland.com, 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.
24. April 24th Aviation News from Ireland10:31Welcome to Squawk 7000's weekly round-up of aviation news, brought to you in partnership with Flying In Ireland.com, starting April 24. Remember to subscribe and keep us your top choice for Ireland's aviation podcast, delivering news to your device every Monday morning. Last weekend's Birr Fly-In is one of this week's top headlines, having raised €13,600 for SVP in Birr. This brings the total raised to just over €335,600. The next breakfast fly-in for general aviation pilots is scheduled for April 30 at 10:00 am at the ILAS Field in Wexford.In other news, Dublin-based Acumen Aviation announced that its CAMO business has been awarded IAA Airbus A320neo family (A319/320/321) CAMO approval. Aer Lingus is moving its JFK operations from Terminal 5 to Terminal 7, hosting flights to Dublin, Manchester, and Shannon. This move follows British Airways' recent relocation to Terminal 8, and Etihad has begun flying its new Airbus A350 from Dublin to Abu Dhabi, offering more seats for business and economy passengers.
23. Birr Breakfast Fly-In 202335:51You've done it again; the support for the Birr Breakfast Fly-in has been outstanding - over 129 aircraft, their passengers and crew arriving in Birr to kick off the 2023 aviation season, enjoying breakfast and raising over 13,600 euros for SVP in Birr on Saturday, April 15th. This sees the total raised so far to just over 335,600 euros. It was a fantastic day - thank you, and we look forward to seeing you in Weston for Breakfast on July 29th, where the fundraising efforts will continue with your support. Again on behalf of the organisers - Thank you. Here's our report from the event. We chat with Colm Wright from the Ormand Flying Club, Marion Carter from SVP, Paddy Kilduff and his team of Marshellers, Gerry Humphreys, Bob Tatten from CHC, Brig Gen Rory O'Connor of the Irish Air Corp, Connor McCarthy, Executive Chairman of Emerald Airlines, Brendan Traynor Chairman of Simtech Aviation, Eamonn Brennan chats about his love of general aviation. We also catch up with Donal Lamont, COO of Weston Airport; Jason Phelan tells us about Capt Paddy & Lucky and their fundraising efforts. Jim Gavin flew in, in the Boeing Stearman, and Sé Pardy wrapped up the episode with news of the funds raised.
22. Easter Monday April 10th Aviation News from Ireland12:06Welcome to Squawk 7000, your go-to source for the latest aviation news, in collaboration with Flying in Ireland.com. We aim to keep you informed of all the essential developments in the industry and sport. By subscribing to our podcast, you can be sure of getting the latest news delivered straight to your device every Monday morning.This week's headlines include updates on the Dublin CTA, which is facing temporary closure because of a shortage of controllers, and the North Runway Operating Hour Restrictions. We also report on CityJet's growing wet lease business and its first CRJ1000. We cover the recent surge in passenger numbers at Dublin Airport over the Eastern Bank Holiday and Ryanair Holdings' appointment of Elisabeth Köstinger and Eamonn Brennan as non-executive directors. Finally, we bring you news of a joint initiative aimed at combating illegal drone use near Dublin Airport, which has resulted in the launch of an information leaflet.