Monday 26 February 2018

Dubliners get a bird's eye view of FlightFest

Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

PILOTS will be using Dublin City landmarks such as the Poolbeg chimney stacks at Ringsend to guide mammoth passenger planes down the River Liffey as part of an aviation extravaganza.

Yet it will be business as usual at Dublin Airport thanks to a carefully laid-out air traffic control blueprint as more than 30 aircraft fly over the city as part of a two-hour-long flypast.

Two air traffic controllers will exchange their usual airport tower for the balcony of the PricewaterhouseCoopers building at Spencer Dock, overlooking the Liffey, to ensure they have a bird's eye view of the event.

Director of operations, Peter Kearney, said pilots will be looking for visual points around the city, in addition to using their hi-tech equipment, as they take to the skies on Sunday, September 15, for FlightFest, which is being staged by the Irish Aviation Authority and Dublin City Council as part of The Gathering tourism initiative.

Among the 30 aircraft taking the scenic route down the River Liffey will be the historic 1940s B-17 Flying Fortress, a 1941 Catalina Flying Boat, the last flying Avro Vulcan, which was famed for its role in the 1982 Falklands War, a C130 Hercules, an Aer Lingus Airbus A330 and 1936 DH 84 Dragon, and the Etihad Airbus 340, which carries 375 passengers.

The event is expected to attract 100,000 people to the city to line the banks of the Liffey for a close-up view.

Irish Independent

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