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Published on May 9th, 2019 | by Mark Dwyer


Kilkeel Fly-In BBQ

You are all very welcome to our annual fly in BBQ. Last year we had 80+ aircraft from all over the U.K. and Ireland visiting. For folks travelling from mainland U.K. we can help arrange transport and accommodation if required! The airfield has now been extended to 790m of good grass. Aim to arrive between 12-2pm, but obviously we can accommodate early or late arrivals. Perhaps make a weekend of flying in Ireland! Hope to see you there!

Airfield details are as follows: N: 54.03.041 W: 006.01.786

Runway 01/19

Dimensions 790m x 12m grass

Airfield Elevation: 68 ft amsl

Frequency: 123.45 Mhz

For further details please contact Gary Nicholson +44 7740 984246 Greg Nicholson +44 7802 460966

Information for Pilots: Freecall 123.450 for airfield information and joining instructions. Derryogue is an uncontrolled airport so all communications from the ground are for information purposes only, all manoeuvres are at pilot discretion. We will be as helpful as possible with setting up the circuit and assisting all aircraft on arrival and departure. Maintain a good visual awareness, the circuit can be very busy with up to 5 or 6 aircraft at any given time. Maintain good separation and do ‘S’ turns if necessary on the approach. Be aware aircraft may also be backtracking. Most aircraft will be arriving about 1300 local time.

All circuits will be done to the WEST of the airfield. Left hand circuit if 01 is in use and right hand circuit if 19 is in use. On the aerial view attached below there are a few highlighted areas which we would like all pilots to avoid to create as little disruption for the neighbours as possible, this is gratefully appreciated. On the ground there will be marshallers to assist with parking.

For departures and Go-Arounds we would ask that runway heading is maintained until 500ft AGL for noise abatement then make a left or right turnout as required. An alternative airfield is “Aughrim”, which is 1.8 miles North of Derryogue landing on runway 35 only. Enjoy the fantastic the scenery the Mournes have to offer on the way!

Information for everyone else: We ask that dogs are not brought to the day, as they can run into harms way and cause problems. Also aircraft can be dangerous and fragile. Never approach an aircraft that has a running engine, propellors can become invisible when turning. Please respect people’s airplanes, do not touch any aircraft or any propellor, propellors can start without warning if moved. Do not cross the runway unless escorted at the designated crossing point.

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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