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Published on April 16th, 2023 | by Mark Dwyer

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Squawk 7000 – Birr Breakfast Fly-In 2023

You’ve done it again; the support for the Birr Breakfast Fly-in has been outstanding – over 129 aircraft, their passengers and crew arriving in Birr to kick off the 2023 aviation season, enjoying breakfast and raising over 13,600 euros for SVP in Birr on Saturday, April 15th. This sees the total raised so far to just over 335,600 euros. It was a fantastic day – thank you, and we look forward to seeing you in Weston for Breakfast on July 29th, where the fundraising efforts will continue with your support. Again on behalf of the organisers – Thank you. Here’s our report from the event. We chat with Colm Wright from the Ormand Flying Club, Marion Carter from SVP, Paddy Kilduff and his team of Marshellers, Gerry Humphreys, Bob Tatten from CHC, Brig Gen Rory O’Connor of the Irish Air Corps, Connor McCarthy, Executive Chairman of Emerald Airlines, Brendan Traynor Chairman of Simtech Aviation, Eamonn Brennan chats about his love of general aviation. We also catch up with Donal Lamont, COO of Weston Airport; Jason Phelan tells us about Capt Paddy & Lucky and their fundraising efforts. Jim Gavin flew in, in the Boeing Stearman, and Sé Pardy wrapped up the episode with news of the funds raised.

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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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