Wednesday 23 August 2017

It's been a busy year for the Air Corps...

TIME FOR REFLECTION: The image of Prince Charles looking out to sea from Mullaghmore Harbour may be the most significant image of the recent life of these two islands with their fused histories
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Members of the air corps hand over a copy of the Proclamation and the Irish Flag

Sarah-Jane Murphy

As 2015 draws to a close it's apparent that the Irish Air Corps have been kept on their toes.

Casement Aerodrome in Baldonnel dealt with 21,000 aircraft movements through Irish air space, while the Air Corps’ fleet clocked up over 8,850 flying hours this year.

Flying over the River Suck in Ballinasloe, Galway
Credit: Air Corps
Flying over the River Suck in Ballinasloe, Galway Credit: Air Corps

The visit of Prince Charles and Camilla in May saw the Air Corps deployed in multiple roles, with helicopters providing both security and transport for members of the delegation.

In March, the CASA Maritime Patrol aircraft provided a scientific research platform for physicists from Trinity College Dublin to study the total solar eclipse.

Credit: Air Corps
Credit: Air Corps

The aircraft gave scientists an opportunity to use specialist cameras, free from obstructions and atmospheric pollutants, to record the event.

The resulting data contributed to a global scientific study of the event.

Rush hour
Credit: Air Corps
Rush hour Credit: Air Corps

In December, following Storm Desmond, the Air Corps was tasked to support the Office of Public Works in surveying the damage from flooding in the midlands region.

The Air Corps also carried out over 30 official ceremonial events for various occasions.

A scenic formation in the skies
Credit: Air Corps
A scenic formation in the skies Credit: Air Corps

One of the highlights was the visit of the United Nations Secretary General Mr Ban Ki Moon to Baldonnel Aerodrome.

In addition, The Air Corps played its part in the 'Flags for Schools' initiative, delivering the National Flag to over 200 schools in the Dublin region as well as a number of island schools.

Clambouring for a spot
Credit: Air Corps
Clambouring for a spot Credit: Air Corps

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