Published on September 4th, 2022 | by Mark Dwyer


Iolar Challenge takes place at Ballyboughal Airfield

Over 120 Scouts from all across Ireland set up camp at Ballyboughal Airfield in North Dublin this weekend to participate in Scouting Ireland’s National Air Activities Event, “the Iolar Challenge”

From engineering to rocket building and flight planning to air accident investigation, the teams of Scouts got hands-on experience with industry professionals through a wide variety of STEM-related training bases, with the goal of inspiring the next generation and showcasing the teamwork that allows Irish aviation companies to be class leaders across the globe.

This annual event has been taking place at the family-run airfield in North Dublin since 2015 and on behalf of Scouting Ireland’s Air Activities Team, Anne Kelly would like to thank all the volunteers and companies who came together to make the weekend an inspiration to all the scouts in attendance.

Landowners Michael and Lorraine Bergin received a presentation from Anne Kelly in recognition of their amazing contribution to such a great event despite the weather challenges

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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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