General Aviation

Published on December 27th, 2020 | by Mark Dwyer


Temporary Restricted Area for Laois in January

The Irish Aviation Authority have published details of a Temporary Restricted Area (TRA) in the vicinity of Clonaslee & Slieve Bloom Mountains, County Laois from Monday January 11th to Friday January 15th inclusive, 2021. The restriction will apply to all aircraft including drones and unmanned aircraft systems.

The purpose of the TRA is to ensure the safety of aircraft participating in Military drone training exercises and of other air traffic operating in the vicinity of Clonaslee and Slieve Bloom Mountains, County Laois. 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. Full details can be seen here.

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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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