Published on April 17th, 2022 | by Mark Dwyer


ILS Testing at Dublin Airport

The daa are advising the public about upcoming flight checks which will take place this week as part of Dublin Airport’s mandatory Instrument Landing Systems (ILS) biannual checks. Subject to weather conditions, the flights will take place between 11pm and 4am from Monday, 25th April to Wednesday, 27th April 2022 (three nights), with one night allocated to each of the three runways.

The flights will involve a small twin-engine aircraft taking off and landing using the existing main operational runway, 10R/28L (southern runway).  It will then make multiple approaches to both ends of each runway (10R/28L, 16/34 and 10L/28R) at no lower than a height of 100 feet, and then undertake several passes of the runways at around 50 feet.

daa is required to facilitate these flight checks in order to comply with EASA regulations, as directed by the IAA. The next mandatory biannual flight checks are scheduled for October 2022. The North Runway will be opened officially on 24th August this year with operational flights beginning the following morning. The runway will be used on a phased basis initially. The IAA ANSP have submitted all of the Instrument Flight Procedures to the IAA (Regulator) and approval is expected in the coming weeks.

The IAA signed a long term contract with Flight Calibration Services Ltd in January 2021 to Flight Check all their Navaids Country-wide including Dublin, Shannon and Cork.

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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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