General Aviation

Published on September 2nd, 2022 | by Mark Dwyer


Limerick Flying Club 75th Anniversary Fly-In

Saturday 27th of August marked the 75th anniversary of the opening of Coonagh Airfield by Arthur George Toppin, way back in 1947. To mark the occasion, Limerick Flying Club held a Fly-In after a gap of 5 years. The event attracted a really nice mix of aircraft from various aerodromes including; Cork, Brittas, Fethard, Kilkenny, Galway, Limetree, Clonbullogue & Ballyboy (see photos). On Sunday morning, the 28th, to mark the occasion, the GOC, Irish Air Corps, Brigadier General Rory O’ Connor presented the club with a beautiful 1st edition print of some of the aircraft that have served in the Irish Air Corps over the years. There were some more visitors who flew in on Sunday making for quite a bit of activity at the club when mixed in with the normal Student and PPL flights. All in all, it was a very nice weekend for the members & friends of the Airfield and the flying club.

Thank you to Michael Lillis for supplying the photos.

ICP Savannah S
Vans RV-7
Taylorcraft-Beagle Terrier 2
ICP Savannah S
Cessna 172K
Zenair CH-701
Vans RV-7
Jodel D.9
The first aircraft to arrive, Savannah S EI-GWI from FunFly Aerosports Flying Club in Clonbullogue
Skyranger Swift
Cessna 172M
Vans RV7
Tecnam P2002’s from the Limerick Flying Club

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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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