Published on November 19th, 2018 | by Mark Dwyer


Shannon Aviation Museum receives Government Funding

Shannon Aviation Museum has been successful with its application for funding from the Department of Rural and Community Development through the Towns and Villages Scheme 2018. Irish Aviation Foundation CLG, the company behind the museum, has been awarded €160,000 towards a €200,000 extension project.

The funds will be used to develop and increase facility standards, maintain and restore the exhibits and attract more visitors as a tourist attraction. Last year the museum started a crowd funding campaign to fund a 40ft x 20ft unit to store one of the aircraft parked outside and five 20ft x 18ft units to store other items from the museum. The Museum received a donation of €5,000 from the Irish Aviation Authority in July and $10,000 in August from the ISTAT Foundation (International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading Foundation).

The museum is home to a Boeing 737-800 simulator, Blackburn Buccaneer XX897, DE Havilland Venom G-DHUU (DH112 FB MK1, 749, WR410 RAF markings), Cessna Skymaster 337 G-BVVT, Piper Cherokee EI-COZ, Socata Rallye EI-CIA, Monerai Glider (Unregistered), Bergfaulk Glider D-3229 and a Bede BD5 (Unregistered). They also have cockpit sections from Sepecat Jaguar GR1 XX826, English Electric Lightning XM 144, Supermarine Spitfire Replica by Richard Jones (Cockpit and fuselage section), BAC 1-11 Super One Eleven (Cockpit and forward fuselage) G-AVMZ, Avro Anson VS562 and BAe 146 cockpit G-CDPF / N216 AW. More details from their website at

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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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