General Aviation

Published on October 31st, 2016 | by Joe McDermott


Follow Me-Aircraft Marshallers attended the Commemorative Air Force

Follow Me-Aircraft Marshallers attended the Commemorative Air Force annual air show at Ellington Field, Houston, Texas last week. This was the groups fifth year to attend Wings Over Houston (they have also worked the ramps at Midland & Odessa, Texas in previous years). The five strong Irish crew worked the war bird ramp alongside approx 20 marshallers drawn from both the CAF Marshallers Detachment & Lone Star Flight Museum over the three day event. This years show marked the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor & attracted about 60 war birds including two B-17 Flying Fortress, two B-25 Mitchells, a Tiger Cat & many T-6, P-40, Stearman, three C-45, Spitfire & a Me.262 to name a few. 


Photo by Bill Schilz

Last day of Wings Over Houston 2016 & Kathy Mizell, Ramp Boss/Orange One of Commemorative Air Force Marshallers Detachment presents the visiting Follow Me-Aircraft Marshallers from Ireland with CAF-MD patches to mark their visit. Photo by CAFs Bill Schulz. From l-R: Mick McNamara, Dermot Canavan, Tom Durran, Kathy Mizell, Paul Daly, Joe McDermott & Skipper Hamaty (CAF).   


Mick McNamara having parked a B-25


Dermot Canavan with the NASA WB-57


Joe McDermott with Pat Thixton, one of the original 16 founders of the CAF Marshallers Detachment



Mick McNamara, Paul Daly, Wayne Kennedy, Joe McDermott & Tom Durran


Ground Ops briefing by Kathy Mizell



Military style pranks for any newbie’s at the ready!


CAFs Senior Ramp Crew: Kathleen Brown, Marty Huvar & Kathy Mizell


Messerschmitt Me-262 Schwalbe


Boeing B-17G


Curtiss SBD Helldiver

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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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