Sunday 16 June 2019

Expect some low flying aircraft

Garden County residents can expect the sight and sound of low flying aircrafts overhead during the coming months as part of a national programme to gather geochemical and geophysical data across Ireland.

The Tellus programme is undertaken by the Geological Survey Ireland and is funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. Sander Physics Ltd will be carrying out the survey which will examine the chemical and physical properties of our soil, rocks and water.

Parts of County Wicklow are included in the latest survey area, including Wicklow town, Newtownmountkennedy, Rathnew, Arklow and Baltinglass.

The aircraft will fly 60m over rural areas and will rise 240m over urban areas. The white, twin propeller plane has a red tail and black stripe. It is labelled 'SURVEY' and the sound of the plane is similar to that of a passing lorry so it may startle sensitive livestock, such as horses.

The survey is due to continue until late Autumn and the flight schedule is weather dependent and subject to change.

Wicklow People