Published on October 20th, 2020 | by Mark Dwyer


IAA & Air Corps Celebrate International ATC Day

The Irish Aviation Authority and the Irish Air Corps have both marked the International Day of the Air Traffic Controller by releasing a number of photos of their controllers in action. Celebrated on the 20th October each year, the date marks the anniversary of IFATCA (International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations), which was founded on this day in 1961.

Everyone in aviation has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic but the Air Traffic Controllers of Ireland continue to work to keep the skies over Ireland open 24 hours a day 365 days per year. In the summer of 2019, Dublin ATC handled an average of 745 movements per day, Cork 76 and Shannon 63. In addition, an average of 1647 North Atlantic Communications Flights were handled per day by Shannon High Level in the peak of summer 2019.

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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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