Published on February 17th, 2022 | by Mark Dwyer


Newcastle Festival of Flight Not Going Ahead This Year

The Newcastle Festival of Flight that was held annually prior to Covid at Newcastle Co. Down, will not go ahead this year following a decision by the Newry, Mourne & Down District Council on Monday. The Councils’ Enterprise, Tourism and Regeneration Committee (ERT) agreed on its 2022/23 tourism programme in a closed session and the airshow was not included.

Commenting following the announcement, Sinn Féin Cllr Wille Clarke said: “Although this will be disappointing to regular visitors to the airshow, an opportunity exists to host a new large scale festival in Newcastle this summer, which incorporates and builds on the most popular elements of the festival – A showcase of the outstanding food and drink of the region and Newcastle alongside incorporating the arts, culture and music, creating opportunities to showcase the entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering innovation of the district.”

The Festival was last held in 2019 when the Red Arrows, The Blades, Irish Coast Guard, BBMF, The Ravens and the Irish Air Corps all took part in the event.

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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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