Published on February 24th, 2018 | by Mark Dwyer


Met Éireann – Aviation Modernisation Programme

As the National Meteorological Service of Ireland, a lot of people will be aware of Met Éireann’s role in weather forecasting functions, but what is probably not immediately obvious is Met Éireann’s responsibility for providing meteorological data at five of the airports in Ireland – Dublin Airport, Cork Airport, Shannon Airport, Knock Airport, and Casement Aerodrome.

Met Éireann is designated by the state as the Meteorological Authority for Ireland and is therefore responsible for providing meteorological services to air navigation in Ireland. The aviation industry is highly regulated and therefore Met Éireann must be compliant with international safety standards, principally set out by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) – a specialised agency of the United Nations (UN).

As part of this compliance with ICAO standards, Met Éireann is undertaking a modernisation programme to install new meteorological instruments and IT systems at the five airports for which it has meteorological responsibility. The new instrumentation and IT systems will allow the Air Traffic Controllers to have the most representative and up to date meteorological conditions at the aerodromes. This data is used by the Controllers to aid landing and take-off operations.

The programme primarily involves the procurement, installation, and testing of the new instruments and IT systems but equally importantly involves close partnerships with the Irish Aviation Authority, the airport authorities, and multiple government departments and agencies.

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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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