Published on September 3rd, 2017 | by Mark Dwyer


Air Waves Portrush Airshow 2017 Photos

Air Waves Portrush 2017 took place over the weekend of 2nd & 3rd September in the beautiful seaside setting of Portrush, Co. Antrim in Northern Ireland. The weather was perfect on Saturday but poor weather on Sunday caused a number of cancellations including the Red Arrows. However the show did proceed and we have a selection of photos from the weekend below. If you have photos from Air Waves 2017, feel free to send them to mark@flyinginireland.com and we’ll add them to this article. Main photo above by Paul Kolbe.

Royal Navy AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat ZZ515. Paul Kolbe

G-CKOT Schleicher ASK-21 Ulster Gliding Club based at Bellarena Airfield. Paul Kolbe.

G-CKOT Schleicher ASK-21 of the Ulster Gliding Club completing a beach landing after its display. Paul Kolbe.

G-BYXM, Grob G-115E Tutor T1. Paul Kolbe.

Pitts Special G-ZIII and G-DIII of the Wildcats Display Team. Paul Kolbe.

Closing the weekend’s Air Waves Portrush Airshow was the poignant Poppy Drop ceremony involving representatives of the armed forces, clergy and the Royal British Legion, as tens of thousands of poppies fluttered from a former US military helicopter over the sea and spectators on Portrush’s East Strand beach. Paul Kolbe.

The Wildcats Display Team flying two Pitts Specials. Paul Kolbe.

Former US Army Bell UH-1H Huey appropriately registered G-UHIH. Paul Kolbe.

No airshow would be complete without a Chipmunk display. This one was De Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk T10, WK634 (G-CIGE). Paul Kolbe.

One of the show highlights, the Eurofighter Typhoon ZK354. Paul Kolbe.

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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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