General Aviation

Published on August 17th, 2016 | by Joe McDermott


Mourne Flying Club, Charity Fly-In,

Mourne Flying Club at Kilkeel-Derryogue Airfield, County Down, held their annual event in aid of both New Beginnings Charitable Trust & The Brain Tumor Charity on August 13th. Fifty one visitors from across Ireland & the Isle of Man including six helicopters had the field at almost capacity in excellent weather. Follow Me-Aircraft Marshallers assisted with Ground Ops over four parking areas while Philip Wright took care of the radio with Mark Chambers & Ian Thompson supporting. Club members families & local food suppliers produced a stunning array of food. With five BBQs on the go it was kippers & crab toes (claws) for brunch as the locally caught sea food was sampled by all !

This was Follow Me-Aircraft Marshallers 11th event of 2016 to support & the hope to work another three before the year is out, with Wings over Houston at Ellington Field-Johnson Space Center, Texas the last to round out the season.





Some of the crew keeping and eye on the action


A fine selection of goodies for the visitors


Joe McDermott ready for action

Kilkeel N239MY

Kilkeel G-STNS

Kilkeel G-OHJE

Kilkeel G-NIME

Kilkeel EI-FGB

Kilkeel EI-AXT

Kilkeel D-EFJG

Additional photos by Ian Thompson

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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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