General Aviation

Published on August 19th, 2018 | by Mark Dwyer


Limetree Fly-In 2018

One of the many events that took place on the August Bank Holiday weekend was the Limetree Airfield fly-in. The event was held in memory of Tony Bradford who passed away last year. Tony was legend in Irish aviation circles and was involved in grass roots flying in Ireland for years in Abbeyshrule and Clonbullogue. He was instrumental in the founding of Limetree as an airfield as was regular visitor to the airfield until his passing last year. The fly-in was also held to coincided with the visit of 18 Spanish aircraft that were touring the country and used Limetree as their base for the weekend. There were dozens of visitors and at one stage there were over 60 aircraft parked up with parking space becoming a premium. The Dublin based Search and Rescue Helicopter also made a visit and the Irish Historic Flight also flew over with smoke on. Thanks to Ian Thompson for the photos from the day.

The fly-in was held in the memory of Tony Bradford who was instrumental in the founding of Limetree Airfield and who sadly passed away last year. Ian Thompson.

EC-FV2 Tecnam P92 Echo. Ian Thompson.

Dublin Based Rescue 116 Sikorsky S-92A EI-ICD. Ian Thompson.

Kilrush based Cessna 120 EI-AEF. Ian Thompson.

Former Laois Flying Club Land Africa EI-FMO visited the fly-in. Ian Thompson.

Frenchpark based Ikarus C42 EI-FLS. Ian Thompson.

EC-EM9 Evektor-Aerotechnik EV-97 Eurostar SL, one of the many Spanish visitors. Ian Thompson.

EI-FLO Denney Kitfox Mk4. Ian Thompson.

The Irish Historic Flight Chipmunks flew over the airfield with smoke on the way home from an airshow. Ian Thompson.

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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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