Published on September 30th, 2019 | by Mark Dwyer


Air Corps to Replace DME and NDB at Gormanston

The Irish Air Corps have published a Request for Tender (RFT) through the EU eTender website for the replacement of navigation aids at Gormanston. The Irish Air Corps operates a Non Directional Beacon (NDB) and Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) at Gormanston (GMN) in County Meath. These ageing enroute navigation aids are due to be replaced by new equipment in 2019. The RFT is seeking proposals from suppliers to supply, install and commission a NDB and DME at Gormanston Army Camp as a turn-key solution. Full details here.

The airfield was closed officially from 2002 but it is still used extensively for Air to Ground Firing and local army activities. Both runways at the airfield are unserviceable (originally three runways), however it is believed the tarmac runway is still in a good enough condition to be used in an emergency.

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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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