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Published on January 31st, 2016 | by Mark Dwyer


Easter Sunday Fly-Past

Easter Sunday Fly-Past

GPO – Dublin City Centre – update

The Defence Forces have updated us on the Commemoration at the GPO in Dublin on Easter Sunday 2016, 27th March which is the centre piece of the Decade of Centenaries Programme marking the anniversary of 1916. 

In conjunction to the event at the GPO, a full military parade will take place, starting on Stephens Green at 10:00 passing by RCSI, up Patrick’s St., past Dublin Castle, Dame St,, Westmoreland St. crossing O’Connell Bridge at about 12:30, up O’Connell St. and ending at Bolton St. at about 15:00. Note this route is considerably longer than previous parades offering more vantage points (See map).

The parade will involve 3,722 personnel from the Defence Forces and Emergency Services, 78 vehicles, 17 Aircraft.

The first flypast, will coincide with the end of the national anthem at the GPO and will involve six Pilatus PC-9M aircraft (callsign ‘Eagle section’) using a brand new smoke generation system.

As the parade proceeds by the GPO led by Flag parties and Parade Commander, Cadets, Overseas, Veterans, Equitation School Horses, This will be followed by Army Brigades & Armoured Vehicles with the Fly Past of the 17 Aircraft from the Air Corps Fleet as follows:-

‘Raven Section’ (1 X EC135 & 4 X AW139)

‘Hawkeye Section'(4 X Cessna FR172)

‘Condor Section’ (Learjet & Casa & 6 X PC-9M)

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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