General Aviation

Published on April 30th, 2015 | by Mark Dwyer


Irish Coast Guard Rescue & Survival Demonstration

Irish Coast Guard
Rescue & Survival demonstration
Monday – 11th May
Weston Airport

A demonstration on rescue & survival techniques will take place at Weston airport on Monday, 11 May 2015 at 6pm.

We are grateful to the Irish Coast Guard who will attend with the Dublin based S.92 helicopter. They will give a demonstration in winching and how to assist the winchman to safely get you into the strop and prepare to be winched on board.

We are also grateful to Tom from Solas Marine in Dun Laoghaire who will demonstrate how to safely inflate and climb on board a life raft while at sea. The helicopter demonstration will take place on the ramp in front of the hangars. The life raft demonstration will take place in one of the hangars.

Following this a talk will be given in the airport restaurant by one of the crew from the Irish Coast Guard helicopter. Questions can be asked after this talk. Anyone wishing to have their life raft serviced can bring it along and discuss same with Tom.

The above schedule may alter subject to the availability of the rescue helicopter and if the crew are tasked with an emergency call out that evening. 

The purpose of the evening is to make pilots aware of what to anticipate in the event of a ditching. It is better to have a practical demonstration in a calm environment and be best prepared for the eventuality occurring in a crisis and emergency situation. All are welcome particularly pilots who may be considering international cross water flights.

Michael Traynor
Airport Flying Club,
Weston Airport.

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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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