Published on September 30th, 2020 | by Mark Dwyer


Air Corps 112 Marks Major Milestone

The Emergency Aeromedical Service (EAS), Air Corps 112, based at Custume Barracks in Athlone marked a major milestone yesterday by airlifting its 3000th patient. The AW139 was tasked to a farming accident in Co. Clare and the patient was flown to University Hospital Galway, a journey that took 8 minutes by air as opposed to 83 minutes by road.

The EAS was launched in 2012 by the Air Corps and National Ambulance Service and is a joint project of the Departments of Defence and Health providing an advanced-paramedic response to patients whose location or clinical condition requires aeromedical support. The service was launched on an initial 12-month trial basis on 4th June 2012, operating initially on a Eurocopter EC135 aircraft and later on an AgustaWestland AW139. The helicopter is staffed by Air Corps flight crew and an NAS Advanced Paramedic.  This service has significantly reduced scene to hospital times particularly in more rural parts of the country.

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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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