Published on October 22nd, 2018 | by Mark Dwyer


IHF Flypast at opening of Fitz Exhibition in Portlaoise

On Saturday 6th October a formation from the Irish Historic Flight led by Boeing Stearman EI-HFD flew over the Dunamaise Arts Centre in Portlaoise to mark the opening of the ‘Fitz’ Exhibition. The Stearman was accompanied by the three IHF Chipmunks, 168, 169 and 170 which were fitted with smoke tanks for the event.

Colonel James Fitzmaurice flew into aviation history by co-piloting the first aeroplane to successfully cross the Atlantic in a westerly direction. The story of Fitz, from his formative years in Laois to his fearless flight, is told through this fascinating exhibition of original artefacts, infographics and short films. The exhibition runs until 26th October. See details at www.dunamaise.ie/exhibitions/current-exhibitions.html

Further information about the flight can be found here.

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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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