Published on January 11th, 2020 | by Mark Dwyer


New Paint Hangar at Shannon Nears Completion

Clare County executive and management were in Shannon Free Zone on the invitation of Shannon Group to see progress on the development of an €18 million, 92,000 sq ft specialist aircraft painting hangar at Shannon Airport, adjacent to Shannon Free Zone.

Shannon Commercial Properties Managing Director, Gerry Dillon and Shannon Group Chief Operating Officer, Ray O’Driscoll, were on hand to showcase the hangar which is capable of accommodating some of the world’s largest aircraft. Over 150 jobs have been created during the 14 month construction phase.

The project involves the construction of a steel framed wide-body aircraft paint hangar and internal ancillary office space, workshops, plant rooms and storage space. It will be the only hangar in Ireland capable of accommodating multiple aircraft types up to and including, the world’s largest passenger aircraft. Over 190 metres of new taxiway to facilitate aircraft movements is also being undertaken as part of the project.

It is the tenth hangar to be constructed at the airport, bringing the combined hangarage space to over 600,000 sq. ft. The construction of the hangar is Shannon Group’s largest construction project to-date. Shannon Group is leasing the hangar to IAC – International Aerospace Coating, a leading global aircraft painting, interiors and graphics specialist.

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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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