Published on January 8th, 2017 | by Mark Dwyer


Jim Lee R.I.P.

It is with great sadness that we have to report that our friend and colleague Jim Lee passed away suddenly on Saturday afternoon. Jim was an integral part of the Flying In Ireland team and a close friend. He was member of the editorial team from our first issue in February 2005 and produced much of the news section each month with a particular focus on commercial and military aviation. When the magazine ceased production he continued to write for this website and produced a huge amount of content over the last two years. He wrote nine feature articles in the last week alone which is a testament to his hard work and dedication. Jim had a life-long interest in military matters and aviation. Initially, he fused both of these interests together with a passion for military aviation, initially as a photographer. He has travelled extensively over the years and has been the guest of many European Air Forces, plus the air forces of the United States, Russia and others throughout the world. His first introduction to journalism coincided with an interest in the civil aviation industry. He initially contributed to, and later edited, ‘Aviation Ireland’, the club magazine of the Aviation Society of Ireland. He has also written articles for a number of other aviation magazines and has produced several detailed contributions to Government policy documents, most recently the Irish Government’s White Paper on Defence. He was also deeply involved in the local community, voluntary sector and has worked both in local and central government. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Reposing at the Kirwan Funeral Strand, Fairview Strand on Thursday from 6pm to 8pm with family in attendance. Removal on Friday morning to St. Joseph’s Church, East Wall arriving for 11.30am Requiem Mass. Funeral thereafter to Glasnevin Crematorium. More details here.

The feature photo above shows Jim doing what he loved most. The image, by Frank Grealish, was taken in the Irish Air Corps museum in Baldonnel. 


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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