Published on March 22nd, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer


New Book – Air, Sea and Land Memories – a pilot revisits

Air, Sea and Land Memories – a pilot revisits. A collection of helicopter rescue stories and some fond memories by Commandant Frank Russell (Ret’d). Hayes Print €20, ISBN 9781999616243

A lifetime of unforgettable stories, this is an eclectic collection of memories and photographs of…daring helicopter rescues…Irish UN heroes…air ambulance missions…an ascent of a Biblical mountain…village life in the 1950s…offshore islands flights…a tragic air crash…cancer survival…an old enigma solved and much more.

Motivated by what to do in the latest Covid19 lockdown, former Irish Air Corps helicopter pilot and Air Accident Investigation Unit Investigator Frank Russell has just self-published a book of memories and pictures entitled: “Air, Sea and Land Memories – a pilot revisits”.

“Naturally enough, some of the stories involve me in Air Corps missions, both Air Ambulance and Search and Rescue…with some interesting outcomes! However, my stories are not confined to Ireland, it’s a big world out there and I tried to capture a tiny flavour of it for posterity.”

“The book is available at Hayes Print, Ennistymon, Co Clare. You can contact them on 065-7071125 with your name and address/ credit card details. Cost is €20 +P&P. All the proceeds of this book’s sale will be donated to the LARCC Cancer Support Centre (www.cancersupport.ie) in Multyfarnham, Co Westmeath…of which I am a Co-Founder. The ongoing support of cancer patients is even more critical in these lockdown days.”

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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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