Published on February 29th, 2020 | by Mark Dwyer


Airwaves Portrush 2020 Cancelled 

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council have announced that Air Waves Portrush Airshow will not take place in 2020. The show was cancelled after having its funding withdrawn as the Council looks to slash its £68.7m debt. Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, Alliance Councillor Chris McCaw said council estimates suggest that the event brings in around £2.5m in revenue to the Portrush area every year, but that councillors had been left with no choice but to make the difficult decision. The event receives funding of £240,000 and attracts around 100,000 spectators.

A statement released by the organisers said “We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who contributed to the success of the event through the years, including the local community, visitors, businesses and sponsors along with all our exhibitors. The event enjoyed many highlights, including dazzling performances from the Red Arrows, poignant Poppy Drops over the shoreline, aerial pyrotechnics, sky dives and wing walkers. We hope we have left you with many fond and happy memories.”

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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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