The Irish Air Corps took delivery of three Pilatus PC-12NG ‘Spectre’ aircraft on 10th September last year. The three aircraft arrived in Baldonnel shortly after midday following a three day trip from the Pilatus facility near Denver, Colorado where they had been since early 2019 getting their mission equipment fitted. The contract for the supply of the aircraft was awarded to Pilatus in December 2017 following an open tender competition. The new aircraft replaced the five Cessna FR172H aircraft purchased for the Air Corps in 1972. These were in constant operation with the Air Corps until their retirement in 2019. The PC-12NG’s are equipped for Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) operations, logistics support including transport of Defence Forces troops and equipment, and medical evacuation/air ambulance taskings.
Mark Dwyer 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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