General Aviation

Published on July 20th, 2016 | by Joe McDermott


Brittas House hosts crew and aircraft for Foynes Airshow

Brittas House airfield was once again used as a support base for the Foynes Air Show, organised in support of the Foynes Flying Boat Museum. Although the weather played a negative role over the weekend & a number of display aircraft did not make the trip across the Irish Sea from the UK, support operations at Brittas House continued. Jim Taggart did make it in from Scotland in his Stolp Starduster as did Mark Levy & Dave Boardman in their Aerostar Yakovlev 50s. Possibly the most unusual visitor was the Speed Twin, flown by Malcolm Ducker of Speedtwin Developments Ltd.

Among the Irish display pilots were, Andrew Fenton, David Bruton, Eddie Goggins, Harry Humphries, Paul O’Donnell, the Irish Historic Flight Foundation team flying the 3 DHC.1 Chipmunks & the Aer Lingus Charitable Foundation with the DH.84 Dragon.



David Bruton & Vickie Humphreys at the hangar


Luton Major on the South Ramp


Don’t fly on an empty stomach


Jim McTaggart departs



Photographers Sonya Coolie & Frank Grealish with Mark McDermott


Luton Major departs into the circuit


Follow Me-Aircraft Marshallers Ops Manager Paddy Kilduff on the North Ramp


Follow Me-Aircraft Marshallers sports the groups new foot ware!

Aircraft to visit Brittas House

(EI-ABI  DH84 Dragon – did not land, overflew on way to SNN on Saturday, Chipmunks took-off and joined it for practice at Foynes)

D-ECXA  Xtreme Air Sbach 343 [Sunday only] [show] – last display in Ireland – sold to China

EI-BAJ  Stampe S4VC [show]

EI-CGF  Luton LA5 Major

EI-EEO  Vans RV-7 [17/SU only] [show]

EI-EYT  Ikarus C42

EI-FEP  Aviatika MAI-89 [show]

EI-FEU  Aviatika MAI-89 [show]

EI-GER  Maule MX7 [Saturday only]

EI-HFA/168  DHC1 Chipmunk [Saturday only]

EI-HFB/169  DHC1 Chipmunk [Saturday only]

EI-HFC/170  DHC1 Chipmunk [Saturday only]

EI-HUM  Vans RV-7

EI-VII  Vans RV-7 [Sunday only]

G-AFZK  Luscombe 8A

G-CBTG  Ikarus C42 [Sunday only]

C-CFIF  Christen Eagle III [show]

G-JIII  Starduster TOO SA-300 [show]

G-STDL  Speedtwin ST2 [show]

G-YAAK/20  Yakolev YAK-50 [show]

G-YAKM/61  Yakolev YAK-50 [show]

N208B  Cessna 208 Caravan

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Joe has worked in operations & business development with a number of Fixed Based Operators (FBO) including USA based companies Landmark Aviation & Universal Aviation. As founder of business airport/FBO focused consultancy Global FBO Consult he has worked on projects in Bahrain, France, India, Ireland, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Tanzania, UAE, United Kingdom & USA. The company specializes in providing cost effective solutions to assist airports, FBOs & ground handling companies grow efficiently & deal with the competition head on, allowing them to attract new customers, keep existing customers & generate maximum revenue. He is a contributor to many BizAv magazines including Business Airport International, Bluesky Business Aviation News, & has written feature articles for P1, historic aircraft magazine FlyPast and a regular contributor to Flying In Ireland. He is a founding member & CEO of the Irish Business Aviation Association (IrBAA), Honorary President of Runway Aviation Club Ghana, founder of Follow Me-Aircraft Marshallers & a “patched” member of the Commemorative Air Force Marshallers-Detachment in the USA.

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