Published on July 26th, 2020 | by Mark Dwyer


Rescue 116 Flypast at Bray

This weekend 140,000 spectators should have lined the seafront at Bray for the 2020 air show. To mark the event, Rescue 116 completed a short display yesterday as a tribute by the Irish Coast Guard and Bray Air Display organisers to frontline healthcare workers in recognition of their dedication and sacrifice during the pandemic. There to watch the display were many frontline workers as well as HSE CEO Paul Reid.

Rob Tatten, General Operations, CHC Helicopter said: “CHC who operates the Helicopter Search and Rescue contract on behalf of the Irish Coast has been taking part in the Bray Air Display every year. However due to the pandemic that wasn’t possible this year. But with the organisers of the show we said could we do something to recognise the phenomenal work of our fellow front line health care workers, who like us continue to work 24/7 365 days a year. So today Rescue 116 while out training will do a fly past to thank those workers while we also make a short presentation to Paul Reid and other front line workers to say thank you on behalf of CHC, the Irish Coast Guard, the Aviation Community and Bray Air Display.”

Photos by Frank Grealish / IrishAirPics.com and David Forde

Rob Tatten (R) Accountable Manager CHC Ireland presenting a framed photo of Rescue 116 over Dublin Bay to HSE CEO Paul Reid (L).

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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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