General Aviation

Published on November 4th, 2020 | by Mark Dwyer


Flight Restriction in the vicinity of Fort Davis, Cork Harbour

Wednesday November 4th& Thursday November 5th, 2020

The Irish Aviation Authority in pursuance of Articles 7 & 10 of the Irish Aviation Authority (Rules of the Air) Order, 2019 (S.I. No. 266 of 2019) and in accordance with Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No. 923/2012, SERA.3145 (Prohibited Areas and Restricted Areas), hereby directs as follows:-

A restriction (Temporary Restricted Area) on the flying of aircraft, including Small Unmanned Aircraft as defined in S.I. 563 of 2015, shall apply in the vicinity of Fort Davis, Cork Harbour, County Cork in the Airspace contained within the under mentioned:

Lateral limits: The airspace contained within a circle of a radius of 2.0NM

Centred on: 51° 48′ 37.85″N, 008° 16′ 34.33″W

Vertical limits: SFC to 2000 feet AMSL

Duration: The period of the restriction shall be from 1000hrs UTC on Wednesday November 4th to 2200hrs UTC on Thursday November 5th, 2020

The purpose of the TRA is to ensure the safety of aircraft by separating civil operations from Military UAS (unmanned aircraft systems) partaking in the Military exercises in the vicinity of Fort Davis, Cork Harbour, County Cork in the period cited.

The airspace contained within the TRA shall be classified as ICAO Class C. Point of Contact during activation – Capt. Alex Quigley (+ 353 876178644)

Subject to any decision of the Flight Operations Department of the Irish Aviation Authority to the contrary, the Airspace within the TRA is restricted to use by aircraft authorised by the Event Organiser (Permanent Defence Forces).

Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUA’s) including drones and rockets, operating privately or under Specific Operating Permission may not operate within the TRA without written Permission from the Flight Operations Authority and Event Organisers. SUA’s may be subject to seizure by An Garda Síochána as evidence for potential prosecution and in the interest of Aviation Safety.

Any exemptions, alleviations or permissions, granted to Civil General Air Traffic by the Authority, are not valid within this Temporary Restricted Area during the period cited. State aircraft and aircraft of the Irish Coastguard Service and the National Ambulance Service/ICRR (aircraft callsign Helimed 92) employed on an operational mission shall be exempt from the restriction.

A NOTAM will be issued in due course to notify of the TRA activation.

Any queries may be addressed to the Flight Operations Department of the IAA by email at or telephone +353 1 6031117 / 1148 / 1410) between the hours of 0900hrs and 1700hrs local Monday to Friday.

Further information on this TRA notice @ 201104 – Fort Davis, Cork Harbour, County Cork TRA Website Notice

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About the Author

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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