Monday, 18 November 2013

21st Annual Aviation Fair Sunday 24th November Carlton Hotel Old Airport Road, Cloghran, Dublin Airport

Annual Aviation Fair 
The 21st Annual Irish Aviation fair takes place next Sunday 24th November between 1000 and 1700 hours at "The Cloud Suite" of the Carlton Hotel, old airport road, located next to Dublin Airport Admission is free!

The annual event has gone from strength to strength having moved to ALSAA from the City Center a few years ago,  to allow a bigger and better exhibition and it has grown in popularity among the aviation community every year since, as annual gathering and networking event.

To meet demand the venue has a new home at the Carlton Hotel, old airport road.

Exhibitors and traders at the fair include slide and photo sales, models, second-hand books and magazines, aviation collectibles, aviation art.

The fair began as a project of the Aviation Society of Ireland which came into being in 1969 and now exists as a kind of 'virtual society' with most of the interaction between its members happening over the internet evolving into an annual social gathering of the aviation enthusiasts.

Food and drink is available for purchase in the hotel's Kittyhawks Bistro & Bar all day.

Those travelling to the Fair by Bus routes serving Carlton Hotel are 33, 41, 41B, 41C with two stops near the hotel around a 2 minute walk.


The fair is a must for anyone with an interest in aviation and all are welcome to attend.

For further Information see website.

Aviation Enthusiast's Group Visit - Irish Air Corps - Baldonnel

Courtesy: Irish Air Corps 
Airliner Experience is pleased to announce permission has been granted for an Aviation Enthusiast's Group Visit to the Irish Air Corps - Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel.

Depending on their operations schedule we will have access to most of the resident Air Corps aircraft, for external and internal inspections, which include,

AgustaWestland Aw139 (x6)
Eurocopter EC-135 (x3)

Fixed Wing Aircraft:
CASA CH-235M - Troop Transporter & Maritime Patrol (x2)
Pilatus PC-9M (x8)
Gulfstream IV - Government Jet (x1)
Learjet 45 - Government Jet (x1)
Cessna 172  (x1)

It is a real privilege to be allowed group access to Casement Aerodrome and to glimpse inside the workings of the Irish Air Corps and their aircraft. Depending on the day, and on Air Corps operations we may get to visit the guns and Ammunition Section, Control Tower and Meteorological Office. There may also be an opportunity to see some older classic aircraft stored on the premises.

Photography of the aircraft is permitted except for the Garda Helicopter and wherever else we are told along the tour. Access has been granted to some of the aircraft internally so we can view the cockpits where possible.

It is a guided tour and will be lead by one or several members of the Air Corps at different points.
The date is Wednesday 4th of December 2013 at just before 2pm at the gate of Baldonnel.

If interested, your name will be required to be forwarded to the Air Corps for a background check prior to the visit.

The cost for the tour is €24 per person which broken down is €12 for a mini coach and €12 for administration fee from Airliner Experience.

The coach will pick-up and return passengers to three locations (Airside Swords - where you can park your car, The Coachmans Inn - where you could park along the front and from Runway 28 Spotters Area).
The Irish Air Corps are not charging for the tour, the associated costs outlined above are charges in respect of Airliner Experience. Payment will be by bank transfer or internet banking or cheque 7 days prior to the event.

Places are strictly limited. The Wednesday will be a busier day at Baldonnel and may produce a lot more interest for us to see, as workshops will be operating and exercises may be underway. Saturday is a much quieter day with less activity to view.

My request to the Irish Coast Guard for a group tour of the Sikorsky S-61 Helicopter has also been approved and hopefully on the day will land at Baldonnel for our group to have a ground tour of this Search and Rescue workhorse. It is the last S-61 operating with the Irish Coast Guard and is due to be retired during December.

It is the oldest operational S-61 SAR in the world at 51 years old and the second oldest operational S-61 in the world.

We have been granted a special visit of this aircraft (subject to emergency call out etc.) and we will be the last members of the public to tour it !

Look forward to your reply and obtaining a chance to get close to the aircraft of the Irish Air Corps.

Kind regards,
Aidan Nolan

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