General Aviation

Published on July 10th, 2016 | by Joe McDermott


Weston Special Day of Flying 2016

The 3rd Weston Special Day of Flying was run on July 9th and was the most successful event to date with approx 135 special needs children being taken aloft by pilots who donated their time & skills, flying groups, clubs, schools & owners who donated their fixed wing & helicopters, with 15 aircraft in all & a whole bunch of volunteers & Weston Airport staff.

Follow Me-Aircraft Marshallers had 8 ground crew on the ramp for the day.

Special thanks to the new owner of the airport restaurant, Paddy Ryan who fed & watered the entire team! Official opening & renaming with a significant nod to Irish aviation history will be announce very soon.

‘Follow Me-Aircraft Marshallers’ will be in Brittas House next weekend for the Foynes Air show & back in Weston for 3 days following weekend for Bray Air Show. This is our busiest year yet! Birr Air show & CAF Wings Over Houston in November to round off the year.

Photos by Joe McDermott and Paddy Kilduff

EI-CFY  Cessna 172N

EI-CRX  Socata TB9

EI-DDC  Cessna 172M

EI-EPP  Piper PA22 Tri-Pacer

EI-GSM  Cessna 182M

EI-ING  Cessna F172P

EI-LCM  Socata TBM700N

G-CCFI  Piper PA32 Cherokee Six

G-PIPR  Piper PA18 Super Cub

G-WIIZ  Agusta Bell 206B Jet Ranger II

N65MJ   Beech Baron

N999RL  Robinson R44

PH-BIT  Reims Cessna F172N

272     Eurocopter EC135 T2 of the Garda arrived for a static display 


The Garda EC-135 on static display


The crew of the Garda EC-135 with some of the Follow Me-Aircraft Marshallers


‘Follow Me’ at work


The busy ramp at Weston


‘Follow Me’ crew busy at a passenger changeover


Helicopters taking part in the action too


The ‘Follow Me-Aircraft Marshallers’ crew getting refuelled in the restaurant at Weston

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About the Author

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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