General Aviation

Published on March 22nd, 2016 | by Mark Dwyer


Accident at Abbeyshrule

It is with great sadness that we report on the death of fellow pilot William Hillick in an accident at Abbeyshrule Aerodrome on Sunday evening. William was a passionate pilot and well known to pilots around the country. He was a big supporter of FlyingInIreland Magazine during its 10-year history and was one of our most loyal advertisers. William was always a friendly and welcoming face in Abbeyshrule and will be sadly missed by the Irish Aviation community. On behalf of the team at Flying In Ireland we would like to express our deepest sympathies to William’s family and friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

In line with our policy Flying in Ireland, does not engage in speculation as to cause of Aviation accidents. The Air Accident Investigation Unit will publish a report in due course.

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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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