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Published on December 6th, 2016 | by Mark Dwyer


RAeS Lecture “Building and Flying a Homebuilt Aircraft”

SPEAKER:               Mr Ken Townsend, Private Pilot

TITLE:                     “Building and flying a Homebuilt Aircraft “

DATE:                     Wednesday 14 Dec 2016 



Ken started, his journey into aviation with radio controlled planes, which led to the “real aircraft” from which he received his pilot’s licence in 1986.

He decided to put his hands to building a Colibri homebuilt aircraft which he recently successfully completed and flown.

Ken’s presentation will be on the construction this “off the plans”  built aircraft , including video of the test flight.

He currently flies out of the Newcastle Airfield and the  I.L.A.S. field south of Wexford where he keeps EI-EWZ.

His presentation will describe the highs and lows of undertaking such a project.

Members and Non-Members Welcome !

8.00  pm –  Wynn’s Hotel, Dublin 1.

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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