General Aviation

Published on May 21st, 2019 | by Mark Dwyer


Cleggan Aerodrome set to Open Next Month

Cleggan Aerodrome, located just outside Clifden in Co. Galway is set to open for a few days next month in connection with the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Alcock and Brown flight. The Alcock and Brown 100 Centenary Festival takes place from 11-16th June. Full details of the programme can be seen HERE. The temporary opening of the aerodrome will hopefully pave the way for a more permanent opening in the future.

To mark the event, An Post are also issuing a commemorative stamp which will be officially launched during the event. There will also be a conference on 14th June wide an impressive line-up of speakers including;

  • Group Captain A.J.H. Alcock MBE, RAF (Retired)
  • Kevin Glynn
  • Teddy Fennelly
  • Brigadier General Rory O’Connor
  • Peter Elliott
  • Joe Gilmore
  • Senator Pádraig Ó Céidigh

Full details of the conference are available HERE. The event will also feature a flypast by the Irish Historic Flight

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About the Author

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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