General Aviation

Published on March 31st, 2015 | by Mark Dwyer


Air Traffic Control Open Days for GA Pilots 2015

As part of its on-going commitment to enhance aviation safety, the Irish Aviation Authority has organised three Air Traffic Control Open Days for pilots at its air traffic control facilities in Shannon, Dublin and Cork. 

The Open Days are intended to give general aviation pilots, including those who have recently qualified or are undertaking training courses, an insight into how air traffic is managed by the IAA. Information will also be given on the part General Aviation activities play in day-to-day operations and the services that can be provided to pilots.

The Open Days will feature presentations by IAA Air Traffic Control staff on air traffic operations, including airspace structure, services provided and flight plan requirements, as well as outlining information on some of the operational and technical innovations being progressed by the IAA. There will also be orientation visits to the air traffic control towers (Dublin, Shannon and Cork) and air traffic control operations rooms (Dublin and Shannon), which will demonstrate the operations and tasks of the ACC staff. Representatives from the Aeromedical and Personnel Licensing departments of the IAA’s Safety Regulation Directorate will also participate.




11th April 2015


17th May 2015


12th September 2015


Click here for details on how to register and eligibility requirements.

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About the Author

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). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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