Published on September 3rd, 2022 | by Mark Dwyer


Squawk 7000 – Iolar Challenge 2022

The Iolar Challenge 2022 was held at Ballyboughal Airfield and organised by the Air Activities team of Scouting Ireland. This year’s event was attended by over 120 youth participants who were aged between 12 & 17 years old and hailed from all over Ireland. The event opened for check-in on Friday evening. Everyone camped on-site for the weekend with full catering and even an outdoor cinema which features a message from Commander Chris Hadfield wishing the scouts the best for their event. Chris is a Canadian retired astronaut, engineer, fighter pilot, and musician.

In all, over 130 participants were educated in the practicalities of aviation and they had a great opportunity to be bitten by the aviation bug. Ballyboughal Airfield, the Air Activities team and all the volunteers look forward to seeing them progress through their Scouting Ireland Air Skills Badge levels and maybe even taking up a career in the aviation industry in Ireland.

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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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