General Aviation

Published on February 27th, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer

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Review of Irish Airspace Announced

The Irish Aviation Authority has announced details of an Irish Airspace review that will take place with stakeholders being invited to submit their comments. This review will focus particularly on areas of the Shannon Flight Information Region (FIR) where services are provided by Shannon Air Traffic Services. Details can be found in Aeronautical Information Circular (AIC) 002/2021. Any persons who would like to make a submission as part of the review should do so by the 23rd of April 2021 to airspace@iaa.ie

The purpose of the review is to:

  • Facilitate Continuous Climb and Continuous Descent operations (CCO/CDO) to/from airports.
  • Realise Environmental benefits.
  • Simplify the airspace structure where possible.

To support this review, the IAA are hosting two Microsoft Teams briefing sessions. This will take place on:

MONDAY 1st MARCH 1900 – 2030

And

WEDNESDAY 3rd MARCH 1600 – 1730

Click on the link dates to access the Teams briefing at the appropriate time.

An FAQ page on the IAA website has been established to answer some questions about the review. At present, no proposals have been put forward however from previous discussions it seems very likely that the base of controlled airspace in many parts of the Shannon FIR will be lowered, further reducing access to General Aviation VFR traffic.

In related news, the next editions of the VFR 1:500,000 and 1:250,000 scale maps that were due to be published this week have been delayed by approximately three weeks. They will be available to purchase on the Ordnance Survey Ireland website at a cost of €30.

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About the Author

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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