Published on June 23rd, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer


Squawk 7000 – Mr Blue Skies – Met Eireann and the GA Pilot

In conversation with Tony Tighe Head of Aviation Services Met Eireann

On this edition of Long Final from Squawk 7000. We met with Tony Tighe, Head of Aviation services with Met Eireann, to talk about the services available to general aviation in particular. The first ‘real time’ weather observation was transmitted from Valentia Island in Co. Kerry on the 8th October 1860  However, it was not until 1936 that the Irish Meteorological Service was established to provide accurate weather information for transatlantic aviation. 

Forecasting for aviation was the main preoccupation for the fledgling Service. That is until 1948, when it assumed responsibility for the weather forecasts broadcast by Radio Éireann. 

Many things have changed in the intervening years, such as the installation of high-resolution weather radar systems at Dublin Airport and Shannon Airport in 1990 and 1996, respectively. 

In March 1996, its 60th year of operation, the Meteorological Service adopted the new title Met Éireann. In 2001 Met Éireann launched its website, and in 2008, a specialised web-based Met Self Briefing service was introduced to provide aviation data to pilots and aviation customers.


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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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