General Aviation

Published on September 19th, 2016 | by Mark Dwyer


Flight Restriction in the vicinity of The National Ploughing Championships

A restriction (Temporary Restricted Area) on the flying of aircraft, including Small Unmanned Aircraft as defined in S.I. 563/2015, shall apply in the vicinity of The National Ploughing Championships, Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly in the Airspace contained within the under mentioned:

Lateral limits:     Circle radius of 2.0 NM centred on 53º15’13” N, 007º33’48” W

Vertical limits:    SFC to 2500 feet AMSL

Duration:           The period of the restriction shall be from 0700hrs UTC to 1900hrs UTC daily from September 20th to September 22nd 2016 inclusive

The Purpose of the TRA:

The purpose of the TRA, within which flight restrictions may apply, is to ensure the safety of aircraft operating into and out of The National Ploughing Championships, Tullamore, Co. Offaly and of other air traffic operating in the vicinity of the TRA in the period cited.

Airspace Classification & ATS Service Provision:

The Airspace contained within the TRA shall be classified as ICAO Class G. The ATS Service within the TRA will be provided as follows: Shannon FIS Frequency 127.500 MHz. Pilots should be aware of the proximity of this TRA in relation to EIP 8 (Prohibited Area) and its location within Military Operating Areas (MOA’s) 4 & 5.

Flight Restrictions & Exemptions:

Subject to any decision of the Flight Operations Department of the Irish Aviation Authority to the contrary, the Airspace within the TRA is restricted to use by aircraft authorised by the Event Organiser (Ms. Annamarie Mc Hugh, National Ploughing Association 059-8625125/ or

Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUA’s) including drones and rockets, operating privately or under Aerial Works Permission may not operate within the TRA without written Permission from the Flight Operations Department and Event Organisers. SUA’s may be subject to seizure by An Garda Síochána as evidence for potential prosecution and in the interest of Aviation Safety.

Any exemptions, alleviations or permissions, granted to Civil General Air Traffic by the Authority, are not valid within this Temporary Restricted Area during the period cited.

State Aircraft and Aircraft of the Irish Coastguard Service employed on an operational mission shall be exempt from the restriction but will make every reasonable attempt to contact Shannon FIS before entering

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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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