Published on March 28th, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer


Squawk 7000 – CHC Helicopters in Ireland

The Irish Coast Guard (IRCG) is Irelands 4th Blue Light service. It provides nationwide maritime emergency services to shipping and other government agencies.

The Irish Coast Guard (IRCG) has responsibility for our national marine communications system, surveillance and emergency management in Ireland’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and certain inland waterways. It is responsible for the response to and coordination of maritime accidents which require Search & Rescue and Counter Pollution & Ship Casualty operations.

Within each Coast Guard Division, there are many Search and Rescue resources, including; The Coast Guard Volunteer Coastal Units capable of search, cliff and coastal rescue. Lifeboats provided by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and Community Rescue Boats Ireland and Search and Rescue helicopters under contract from CHC Helicopters with bases in Dublin, Waterford, Shannon and Sligo

In this episode, we talk with some of the crews from CHC about their work on behalf of the Irish Coast Guard. They have over seventy years of experience in search and rescue between them, as they join us online from their various bases.

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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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