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  • Report: crashed Irish Air Corps PC-9 had 'no technical defects'

    News | 18 Nov 2009 14:00 | Craig Hoyle

    The loss of an Irish Air Corps Pilatus PC-9 trainer on 12 October appears to have resulted from a controlled flight into terrain event ...
  • Irish Air Corps adds helicopters to inventory

    News | 15 May 2009 12:00 | Craig Hoyle

    The Irish Air Corps has added nine utility and training helicopters to its versatile inventory of aircraft
  • Focusing on corps activities

    News | 16 Mar 2004 00:00

    <p>Like many small European countries with limited defence budgets and few strategic commitments, Ireland has long pondered its air force's role. The country is outside NATO and has not been involved in an armed conflict since its independence in the early 1920s. The main function of its defence forces has been in supporting United Nations peacekeeping missions in Africa and elsewhere, but - other than in providing airborne training for the army and occasional personnel - the Aerchor na h'Eireann or Irish Air Corps, which does not have a long-range heavylift capacity, is not involved. Instead, the corps, based at Casement air base outside Dublin, provides transport for government ministers and helicopter back-up for the police and ambulance service; it also carries out surveillance and fisheries protection in the country's 428,000km2 (132,000nm2) of territorial waters, mostly in the Atlantic; and, until this year, offshore search and rescue (SAR). </p> <p>Various reviews in recent yea
  • Ireland blocks Ryan's plan for fixed base at military site

    News | 15 Jun 1999 23:00

    <p>Gerry Byrne/DUBLIN</p> <p>Ireland's Minister for Defence has halted plans by Ryanair chairman Tony Ryan to establish a commercial fixed base operation (FBO)at the Irish Air Corps' Casement Aerodrome in Baldonnel, West Dublin. </p> <p>Ryan's company, Tara Aerospace, which is separate from the airline company, had planned to construct a business jet and private helicopter terminal as part of a joint venture with Ogden, the US FBO and leisure services group. Three years ago, a push by Ryan to convert Casement into a low-cost terminal for Ryanair was also rejected. </p> <p>Ogden is believed to have formally pulled out of the project, although Tara says that the US group is still interested. </p> <p>Industry sources suggest that the Tara/Ogden joint venture's plans were rejected for legal reasons. Although the Air Corps' main base is used by private flights on an ad hoc basis, Irish law prevents any formal arrangements as required by Ryan's plan because the Irish Civil Aviation Autho
  • Ryanair rebuffed by Irish Government

    News | 07 Feb 1996 00:00

    <p>RYANAIR, THE independent low-fare Irish airline, is to re-assess its expansion plans for Dublin following the rejection by the Irish Government of its plan for a second city airport at Baldonnel's Casement Aerodrome, now used by the Irish Air Corps. </p> <p>Chairman Tony Ryan had proposed the move, to counter what he claims are, "the exorbitant charges" being levied at Dublin by airport operator Aer Rianta. </p> <p>Irish transport minister Michael Lowry considers, however, that it "...would not be in the interests of the aviation sector or of the economy generally". </p> <p>While Ryan may have lost the argument, he nevertheless secured a significant concession. Shortly before the minister's announcement, Aer Rianta outlined a partial restructuring on landing charges, which include 90% reductions for aircraft on new routes for the first two years, and the waiving of overnight parking charges. </p> <p>Nevertheless, while Ryanair remains firmly committed to Ireland, it plans to rev
  • Waves of change

    News | 13 Dec 1995 00:00

    When Ireland extended the control zone around its shores, it had to look at new maritime-patrol aircraft. <p>Paul Duffy/CASEMENT </p> <p>CHARLIE 253 IS HEADING home after an 8h patrol. According to Irish Air Corps Maritime Squadron commander Maj Michael McNulty, it has been a typical mission for the crew of the CASA CN-235 - depart from Casement Aerodrome on Ireland's east coast, travel to the assigned section of Ireland's maritime-control zone, and collect routing data on 120 or so vessels in the sector. </p> <p>It sounds straightforward, but missions are often fraught with problems, not least from the weather. The maritime squadron's area of operations has a very difficult climate. A typical patrol will encounter one or more weather systems, with associated turbulence and icing. Sea states of force six, with surface winds of 30-40kt (55-75km/h) are more the rule than the exception. The CN-235s, however, are up to the job. </p> <p>Ireland's reason for operating CN-235s can be tr