General Aviation

Published on December 24th, 2020 | by Mark Dwyer


Flying over Dublin Airport this Christmas?

Traditionally on Christmas Day when the weather is good, general aviation pilots take to the skies and many take advantage of the break in commercial air traffic to fly over Dublin Airport. As the weather looks good for tomorrow, we thought we would clarify the rules so no pilots get themselves into trouble!

The following NOTAM is in place for Dublin for Christmas Day:

We can confirm that the Aerodrome is closed, however, the Control Zone remains open and a flight plan and clearance are mandatory before entering Class C airspace. No approaches will be permitted to any runways at Dublin except for Search & Rescue, Air Ambulance Flights and Emergencies.

Two controllers will be on duty tomorrow, one working Dublin FIS on 118.500MHz and the other working Dublin Tower on 118.600MHz. During breaks, one controller will be operating both frequencies so there may be a delay responding to your call at busy times.

To summarise:

  • Dublin Control Zone will remain active over Christmas
  • A flight plan is mandatory
  • A clearance is mandatory before entering the Zone
  • No approaches are permitted to any runway at Dublin Airport

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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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