General Aviation

Published on September 9th, 2019 | by FII Reader


Iolar Challenge 2019

The Iolar Challenge 2019 was held at Ballyboughal Airfield and organised by the Air Activities team of Scouting Ireland. This year’s event was attended by over 120 youth participants who were aged between 12 & 17 years old and hailed from all over Ireland. The event opened for check-in on the Friday evening. Everyone camped on-site for the weekend with full catering and even an outdoor cinema showing Top Gun on Saturday night.

With the assistance of a huge number of volunteers from within the aviation industry, the Scouts spent Saturday learning hands-on about the many different aspects of aviation, through nine different training bases. These bases ranged from Archery to Marshalling and even Air Accident Investigation to Helicopter Principles of Flight.

Sunday was used for talks and demonstrations. One of the highlights of Sunday was a special visit by the Dublin based Irish Coast Guard Sikorsky S92 helicopter and everyone got to learn about search and rescue operations from the crew.

In all, over 120 participants were educated in the practicalities of aviation and they had a great opportunity to be bitten by the aviation bug. Ballyboughal Airfield, the Air Activities team and all the volunteers look forward to seeing them progress through their Scouting Ireland Air Skills Badge levels and maybe even taking up a career in the aviation industry in Ireland.

Thanks to Michael Bergin at Ballyboughal Airfield for and to Wayne Fitzgerald for supplying these photos of the fantastic weekend.

Talk on Gyrocopters

Gyrocopter demonstration flight

Air Accident Investigation Challenge

Search and Rescue Helicopter Visit

Ditching Challenge

Flight Planning Base

Flight Simulator Base

Coast Guard Visit

Pilot Career Talk

Drone Safety Talk

Hot Air Balloon Talk

Air Traffic Control Base

Visiting Helicopters

Archery Base

The Winning Team from Waterford

Full Irish Breakfast Served each Morning!

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