Published on April 5th, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer


Squawk 7000 – The RV-Smile once you’ve flown it there’s no going back

The story of EI-SRV an RV-7 that comes with a smile

In this episode, the story of a labour of love, the building of an aircraft that generates a smile for all who fly it- called the RV Smile. The aircraft is EI-SRV, issued with its permit on March 9th and operated by Kevin Keigher and Martin Doddy and based at Knock.  We talk with Kevin, Martin and the aircraft builder Stewart Hamilton.

Recorded remotely, we’re looking forward to seeing the aircraft in real life soon.

Photos below by Pat Lanigan Ryan

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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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