Published on May 10th, 2020 | by Mark Dwyer


Busy First few weeks for Air Corps PC12

The Irish Air Corps took delivery of Pilatus PC12 ‘280’ on 2nd April, an additional airframe to the three already ordered and currently being fitted out in the USA. It was put to work straightaway and began flying training missions on the afternoon of its delivery. Following three weeks of training which saw it operate to airports all over the country, it entered service and undertook its first operational mission on 25th April.

On the 3rd May, 280 completed the delivery of Irish COVID-19 tests from Baldonnell to a German laboratory in Munich. The delivery was the first of many to be undertaken by No.1 Operations Wing. The CASA fleet have also been used to deliver test samples which has been tasked to the Defence Forces by the Government. Over the weekend No.1 Operations Wing also successfully completed the repatriation of Irish Defence Forces personnel from Kosovo Force – KFOR

Today saw the completion of IRL280’s first operational mission 104 Squadron continues to successfully adapt the Pilatus PC-12 to our operations as an increased #aircapability for Óglaigh na hÉireann / Irish Defence Forces and the #Irish State Special thanks to A/M Healy of the Irish Air Corps’ audiovisual department for putting the video together #StrengthenTheNation #Military #AirForce

Posted by Irish Air Corps on Saturday, 25 April 2020
The cockpit of Pilatus PC12 ‘280’
COVID-19 samples being loaded into ‘280’ for transport to Germany
‘280’ and a CASA CN235 on the ramp at Casement between missions
The CASA has also been used to transport COVID-19 samples to Germany as well as repatriating Irish troops from Kosovo and undertaking routine Maritime Patrol flights

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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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