Published on February 16th, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer


Squawk 7000 – 50 Years of Flying in Coonagh Limerick Flying Club

On this Long Final episode, we get to do some hangar flying – as we help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Limerick Flying Club based in Coonagh.

Joining me by Zoom® Chairman of the Club Harry McNamara, Founding Member Foncy Hobbins, current CFI David Fielding and former CFI and Founder Member Brendan Beegan.

Towards the end of the sixties, there was an interest in developing a social side to the business operation at Coonagh – this social club was called the Limerick Flying Club.

After Shannon Flying services moved to Oranmore in Co, Galway and eventually became Aer Arran, the group of enthusiasts at Coonagh were without an aircraft or an Instructor. In 1970 they decided to formalise the club and arrange membership. Foncy Hobbins, Brendan Beegan and Bryan Carpenter became the initial committee of Limerick Flying Club with Bryan as President.

EI-AOO arrived at Coonagh on the 6th of February 1971 from Iona piloted by Pierce Cahill. By the end of the Summer of 1971, the club had a membership of approximately thirty members, and Arthur Brennan had become the Chief Flying Instructor, and by the end of the year, Colum Johnston had joined as an Instructor. 

This podcasts name-checks many names associated with Flying in Ireland over the last 50 years.


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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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