Published on May 29th, 2022 | by Mark Dwyer


Squawk 7000 – Rescue 117 – 20 Years in Waterford

On Friday, May 27th, at Waterford Airport, an event took place to recognise 20 years of CHC Helicopter Ireland providing Helicopter Search and Rescue services on behalf of the Irish Coast Guard out of Waterford. Simultaneously Winchman Sarah Courtney, the recipient of a 2021 National Bravery Award, was presented with the CHC Excellence Service Award by Eugene Clonan, acting Director of The Irish Coast Guard. We spoke with Robert Tatten MBA and some of the crews of Rescue 117.

CHC has provided Search and Rescue Services to the Irish Coast Guard for 20 years and has four bases in Ireland at Waterford, Dublin, Sligo and Shannon. They employ over 140 professionals in their Irish operation. For 70 years, CHC Helicopter has provided reliable, cost-effective helicopter service in some of the most remote and challenging environments worldwide.

We meet some of the crews and find out about the operations at Waterford. In part two, we also talk with the Airport Manager, Aidan Power, about the airport’s future.

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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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