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.
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.
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.
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.
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.