Published on August 29th, 2017 | by Mark Dwyer


Air Corps Live Firing at Gormanston – Exercise Terra Nova 2017

Exercise “Terra Nova 2017” began yesterday and will continue until Friday the 8th of September 2017. Pilatus PC-9M aircraft from the Flying Training School, armed with 0.5 inch FN heavy machine guns and 70mm FZ folding fin rockets, will conduct air to ground firing on targets in the Air Weapons Range (Danger Area D1) located at Gormanston, Co. Meath.

Staff of the Flying Training School will be supported by all other units in the Air Corps as well as the Army and Naval Service during the course of this Exercise to ensure Squadron pilots and technicians are exercised in air weapons preparation and handling.

Firing will take place daily from 09:00 to 17:00. Members of the public are kindly asked to observe the temporary restrictions in the local area of the Air Weapons Range to ensure the safe conduct of the Exercise. Pilots should also be aware that the EI-D1 Danger Area is active from surface to 10,000ft for the duration of the exercise and to expect aircraft transiting between Casement Aerodrome and the range.

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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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