Published on September 29th, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer


Squawk 7000 – Landing is Approved

Another Legend of Irish Aviation – DV O’Hanlon shares a few stories from his 40-year career.

On this episode of Long Final from Squawk7000 we are in conversation with Dubliner DV O’Hanlon, retired Air Traffic Controller but still, a familiar voice at fly-ins and air shows around Ireland where he can be heard providing a local advisory service backed up with lots of patience and calm. He’s also been a presence at events such as the Heli-Pad at the Ryder Cup where over 186 helicopters operated multiple flights up to 600 in a day back in 2006. The IAA at the time told the Irish Times at the time, this was more flights than on the busiest day at Dublin airport.

DV shares his experience of 40 years as a controller and his enthusiasm for general aviation and local airfields.

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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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