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07.11.2016  Part of a very Special Day, Lynnes Helicopter Ride all over the news papers this weekend, some amazing community spirit displayed as Alcast sponsors a trip to do a 300km return round trip to see her Mum on Mothers day, a truly lovely family and a determined priest!!




015 Executive Helicopters provided the aerial flying ( Pilot Capt Chris Shiel)  for the filming of the Skellig Michael Star Wars - The Force Awakens with Flying Pictures 

Image result for star wars the force awakens               

Executive are delighted to have been nominated as finalists in the Aviation Industry Awards, ceremony on this month

fingers crossed!!!

The 2014 Aviation Awards






Secrets of the Irish Landscape won Gold at the Prestigious New York Festival, Executive delighted to have been involved in the aerial works side



 Aviation Industry Awards 2014  Executive Helicopters a finalist for the Aviation Industry Awards 2014 sponsored by the IAA  

Executive has also just found out that Secrets of the Irish Landscapes which it worked on won Gold at the prestigious  "The New York Festival Awards"






20.12.2014  Due to Extent of damage our Helicopters will continue to work across the country in the coming weeks to assist in the repair work, these aircraft may be low flying but will be flying within aviation guidelines if you have any concerns regarding livestock etc please contact us 090 974 9764




Storm Damage - ESB Disruption - Notification Executive Helicopters will be out paroling the damage in the coming days  to assist in the repair work

Expect to see our helicopters out and about on emergency patrols for the ESB as they work through the damage caused by the storm leaving houses without power




Happy New Year 2014

We would like to wish all our customers  a happy and prosperous new year, and thank you for your  support in 2013,  2013 was a good year for Executive as we have continued to grow and expand our services  and hope we can be of service as well in 2014



27th October 2013


Linking Waterville, Lindbergh and the Spirit of St Louis

Thanks to men like Jay Connolly, the links has flourished, says Dermot Gilleece


A mischievous grin bordered on smugness as Jay Connolly recalled the occasion when he outsmarted an

aspiring young airline executive by the name of Michael O'Leary. As it happened, the story became the highpoint

of last week's annual awards ceremony for the Ireland Golf Tour Operator Association (IGTOA)

in the Hotel Europe in Killarney.


In the process, Connolly achieved the remarkable feat of linking Waterville, Charles Lindbergh and the Spirit of St Louis in the

same sentence. Which was worthy of his status as a former US army helicopter captain who fought in Vietnam before going on, via Wall Street,

to become a key figure in golf in the south-west. As a member of Winged Foot GC in New York State, he spearheaded the purchase of Waterville

GC from John A Mulcahy in 1986, along with fellow members Leeda O'Grady Fletcher, Jay F Higgins, Richard F Leahy, James J McEntee and

John W Meriwether.

And the way the club has flourished since then earned Connolly the IGTOA's Jerry Donworth Award for Outstanding Contribution to Golf.

It is always a delight to go back to Waterville, not least for the memories it prompts of remarkable happenings during the Kerrygold Classic

in 1975 to '77. This was when the pro-am format attracted such luminaries as Bob Hope, Jack Lemmon, Telly Savalas and Robert Shaw.

I remember 1975, standing in the locker room talking to Shaw whose latest movie The Sting was in Irish cinemas at the time.

And he explained how he had based the Northern Irish accent of his character, Doyle Lonnegan, on a mixture of Danny Blanchflower and Ian Paisley.

A year later, we had Tony Jacklin's extraordinary £2,000 jackpot in the main event. His five-year exemption into the US Open having expired, Jacklin

was booked for Monday sectional qualifying in Charlotte,North Carolina. So, as 54-hole leader, he needed special permission to be first off in the final round.

After a closing 70, he later learned of his one-stroke triumph while 35,000 feet in the air over Newfoundland, en route from Shannon to New York.

Tom Fazio has presided over a brilliant upgrading of the links, and there's the bronze of Payne Stewart facing the clubhouse behind the ninth green.

But nothing else at Waterville seemed to have changed. There was the familiar warmth of Noel Cronin's welcome, as a secretary-manager with a diplomat's

gift for information and discretion.

As a marvel of modern-day technology involving the use of two satellites, a transatlantic radio programme was being transmitted from the upstairs bar.

Matty Adams, the celebrated American golf broadcaster, informed me he was reaching an audience of 32 million on PGA Tour radio.

And his listeners were being enticed to come golfing in Ireland, through interviewees Denis Kane, Chairman of IGTOA, and Fáilte Ireland's Tony Lenehan.

Born in Long Island with an Irish background in Fermanagh and Cork, Jay Connolly first caught sight of Waterville when playing in the Jack Mulcahy Classic

in 1983. "With Vietnam very much in the past by then, I was in Wall Street with Salomen Brothers [investment bankers]," he recalled, proudly wearing eight

service medals across his chest. When he returned here in 1986, it was with a view to purchasing the only proprietary links course in this country at the time,

along with Waterville Lake Hotel, Waterville House and extensive fishing and hunting rights.

Not long afterwards, the consortium decided to offload the hotel, which was where Michael O'Leary entered the picture as negotiator for the Ryan family who,

Connolly was aware, had the secret backing of Club Med.

As he remembered it, O'Leary fired the first salvo by effectively suggesting, "Just give us the keys." By way of indicating his own business acumen, however,

Connolly delighted in adding: "In those days I was known to cry with one eye. And with the deal finally done, we could focus 100 per cent on golf."

But what of Lindbergh? "During the negotiations, I happened to mention that according to Lindbergh's log when he flew the Atlantic in 1927, he circled over

Portmagee [14 miles from Waterville] before heading overland to the Fastnet Lighthouse and on to Paris.

So he would probably have flown over the site of the Waterville Lake Hotel."

With that, Connolly proceeded to deliver the coup de grace, suggesting the plane's tail number was R-X-211, when in fact it was N-X-211.

"Michael O'Leary admitted he had no idea what RX stood for, so I told him it stood for Ryan Aeronautical Experimental, the company

which built the Spirit of St Louis [in fact Ryan Airlines built the plane]. He swallowed the hook and the deal was done."

The disposal of prized possessions into non-Irish hands hasn't always delivered the most desirable outcome.

But Waterville GC can be safely highlighted as a particularly fine exception.


The only way to travel,  Flight time from Doonbeg Lodge, Co. Clare to Royal Portrush, Antrim is 1 hour 35 min.. drive time 5 hours 50 min!

two heli's waiting to take off EI-MIK EI-FAB

Flight time Doonbeg to Royal Portrush 1hr 35minutes



EI-LOW calls in to Ballyboy airfield fly in on the return leg from dropping corporate passengers to Belfast.





National Ploughing Championships, 187,000 over 3 days!

George has donned his wellies, thrown on a rain jacket and flown in by helicopter to brave the elements and present today’s edition of The Right Hook live from the National Ploughing Championships in Heathpark, New Ross, Co. Wexford.

George Hook from the right Hook


17.09.2012  -  Catching the moment!  Customers roughing it on the golfcourse of the Oldhead of Kinsale, fly in fly out, where to next.... Doonbeg, Waterville, Ballybunnion .............


Picture Oldhead Kinsale Golfers enjoying the weather before moving on to Waterville, Ballybunnion Doonbeg


EC120 EI-MIK at Oldhead Kinsale Privately chartering customers to various links golfcourses around Ireland








Fertilising Season:  Poor weather conditions made for a slow start this year but fertilising well underway with perfect precision




Our very own favourite/sponsored escort Philip Curley at the Rose of Tralee, escort to   26-year-old Luxembourg Rose Nicola McEvoy who was crowned the 2012 Rose of Tralee, have to say the perfect choice they stood out a mile even if we do say so ourselves. 

Congratulations and well done!





Bringing new meaning to "dropping of the client"!

Redbull promo shot 11 june 2012 executive helicopters stunt ashford castle cong co mayo 



01.05.2012 Lakelands Vintage Rally is on in Ballymahon this month Sunday 6th May - Executive Helicopters will be there giving pleasure flights at price's everyone can afford , so for those who always wanted the experience of flying in a helicopter no matter how young or old somthing for all the family.  

 Galway is definately the master of festivals, attached is festivals listed for this month Many 2012, if your in Galway why not give us a

ring and see what we can offer to really add to your Galway Experience, Dont forget the Volvo Ocean Race End of  June and Galway Races

end of July. 

May 2012

04th-6th May 2012  Connemara Mussel Festival

04th - 7th May 2012 Lenane Mountain Walking Festival

12th May 2012- Connemar Adventure Challenge

17th- 20th May 2012 - Galway Early Music Festival

18th - 20th May 2012 - galway County Fleadh

18th - 20th May 2012 - burren slow Food Festival

25th May 4th June 2012 - Clifden 200

26th May 2012 - Clare Burren Marathon

26th-27th May 2012 - Tour de conamara - Celtic Series 2012

28th - 29th May 2012 - Clifden Gardening Festival



10.04.2012- Volvo is getting close! just 81 days to go before its scheduled to reach final destination in Galway. We will be keeping updated on current news from here on in as the excitement grows. Lets do it Galway have a great website going and up to date analysis, just one article below showing just how unpredictable it can be for the crew's The harsh reality of life in the Southern Ocean was flooding back to the CAMPER crew on Tuesday as they punched into the Furious Fifties en route to Cape Horn. “It can’t be that often a yacht rounds Cape Horn in mid April” - Will Oxley With less than 24 hours until they were due to round the southernmost tip of South America, the team were hitting speeds of more than 20 knots as the wind rose and the temperature plummeted. “Back into the Furious Fifties again -- water temperature is down to eight degrees and my bag is getting very empty as I put every layer of clothing on,” said CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand navigator Will Oxley. Although the only other boat on the racecourse on Tuesday was Groupama sailing team, who were due to finish the leg almost 2,000 miles away, CAMPER were still in full-on racing mode as they battled to stay ahead of a nasty weather system threatening to upset their Cape Horn rounding. “It can’t be that often a yacht rounds Cape Horn in mid April,” Oxley added. “Touch wood, it looks like we can get around the Horn well ahead of the low pressure system that is trundling east.” CAMPER resumed racing on Sunday, five days after suspending close to Puerto Montt in Chile where they stopped to make repairs.

Just came accross this on fab photos of Ladies day at the races last year, well worth looking at


15.02.2012 Breaking news! EXECUTIVE HELICOPTERS Bell222 HELICOPTER USE IN JAIL BREAK! EI-ZZZ was stolen from airport by some unsavory characters, watch G4 Rasai na Gaillimhe episode 15.02.2011, brush up on the old Irish, brilliant stuff, Chris that'll teach you not to leave the keys in the heli!


21.12.2011 - Christmas opening Hours
Executive will be open through Christmas out of hours phone line is 087 6703351 for any last minutes flights for those who need to get somewhere fast! don't miss that new years party.
We're becoming bilingual! with the support of Gaillimh le Gaelige "making Galway city the bilingual City of Ireland" you can expect to see plenty of the "Gaeilge" going forward! watch out for our logo "Tar ag eitilt linn!" - come fly with us! could prove useful - details to follow!

Go mbeannaí Dia daoibh go léir! Tá an lá go hálainn anseo i nGaillimh inniu agus tá cúig phaisinéir tar éis a n-aghaidh a thabhairt ar Oileáin Árann ar bord Executive Helicopters. Tá súil againn go mbeidh an-lá go deo acu!
Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar has confirmed plans to merge the National Roads Authority with the Railway Procurement Agency as part of Government plans to drive efficiencies in the public sector.
  • Separately, legislation will be published to allow the Irish Aviation Authority to be merged with the Commissioner for Aviation Regulation. The merger is expected to be completed in 2013.
  • A critical review will be conducted into the feasibility of a single transport safety body, comprising the Road Safety Authority, the Railway Safety Commission and the Maritime Directorate.

Galway ‘could become service centre’ for oil and gas hunt

October 18, 2011 - 7:30am

Leading Norwegian oilman says hundreds of jobs possible


Business leaders and politicians in Galway should rally together to ensure the city’s revamped deep water port can become the leading service centre for the vast oil and gas fields off the West coast, according to a leading Norwegian oilman who visited the city last week.

Former Statoil Director Stein Bredal believes Galway has the potential to create hundreds of service jobs if the requirements of oil and gas companies are included in the plans for the redevelopment of the harbour.

He has urged Mayor Hildegarde Naughton and the Board the Galway Harbour Company to visit Stavenger in Norway to see what has been done in a city of a similar size where there are now thousands of people involved in the industry.

Mr Bredal also believes the harbour has the ability to attract hundreds of cruise liners, a business which is estimated to be worth €30 million in on-shore passenger spending alone to the port of Stavenger which receives 165 cruise ships each year.

Stavenger is determined to follow Galway’s lead by hosting the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) at some stage in the future and Mr Bredal told the Connacht Sentinel yesterday that the two cities could learn from each other in terms of developing marine resources.

“You have a tremendous, charming town and I think people would love to come there if services could be located there,” said Mr Bredal. “Stavenger now has a population of 100,000, but it was the size of Galway in the early 1970s when we had a good Mayor who was able to go to the oil and gas companies and ask them what they required.

“The Mayor then put in a new town for the American oil workers, and schools for the families of British and American workers. There were a lot of cities in Norway who wanted this business at the time, but Stavenger out-bid bigger cities such as Bergen and Trondheim.

“Sometimes you have to meet with the oil companies, take them to the harbour, and ask them what exactly do they want. At the time, we had a lot of bureaucracy in Norway, but it was the success of the Mayor in gathering everybody together, from businesses to trade unions to politicians, which secured the business for Stavenger.”

Just yesterday, Minister for Energy Pat Rabbitte awarded 13 new licensing options for further oil and gas exploration off the West coast. Companies have been granted ‘first refusal’ on exploration licences over 250,000 square metres of the Atlantic shelf.

Fifteen companies had already signed up for exploration licences within the past four years and some of them would view Galway Harbour as a ‘natural base’ for the transportation of goods and services to rigs and exploration vessels.

Galway Airport, delivered a blow last week when Aer Arann cancelled all winter flights from Carnmore, could also receive a boost if it became a helicopter base for exploration and service teams.


Engineers Andrew and Andy  from our Maintenance Department travelled to Kazahkstan during the month to repair an R44, see attached picture's complete album uploaded to our facebook page check it out!








22.08.2011  - Share a Dream Foundation,  Chris and Niall at the top of Croagh Patrick while on a trip in conjuntion with Share A Dream Foundation

Croagh_Patrick_22.08.2011_EI-ZZZ_ on flight with share a dream foundation


Galway Races, Interview with TV3   Watch Here 


Congratulations and well done to Galway Airport who organised a fantastic Family Day at the Aiport on Sunday 10th July 2011.  Entry was Free and well in excess of 6,000 visitors arrived to a fun packed day covering everything imaginable from Aircraft to Kids entertainment

Click here for Photo's - Darach Glennon Photography


In supporting the Family Day you will be supporting our nominated charities for this year Galway Hospice and Share A Dream Foundation.

Activities & Events which were held

  • Aircraft visiting on day include
    - Irish Air Corps
    - Irish Coast Guard Air/Sea Rescue
    - Aer Arann &
    - Exciting Stunt Planes
    (see downloads for bio on Gerry Humpreys
    & visiting aircraft information)  

  • Kids Entertainment
    - Face painting
    - Clowns
    - Bouncy Castles/Slides/ Obstacle Course
    - Balloon Modeling
    - Magic Show
    - Surprise Cartoon Character Walk around
    - Kiddies Disco

  • Helicopter Trips
  • Hot Air Balloon Display
  • Fire Truck Display
  • Vintage Car Display
  • Rally Car Display
  • BBQ
  • Departures Lounge Café/Bar OPEN

at Galway Racecourse, Ballybrit from 12:30 - 6:30pm with regularSHUTTLE BUS to/from the airport.  PARKING ONLY AT THE RACECOURSE FOR THIS EVENT.




Joint FlyingInIreland Magazine / National Microlight Association of Ireland fly-in at Clonbullogue on July 2nd / 3rd. . More details of the event can be found at:


All types of aircraft are welcome, if it flies bring it! If you can’t make it by air you are more than welcome to travel by car. We will have a BBQ, marquee, bar, live music etc.


Necessity of Galway Airport to Galway's Economic Well Being

Extract from Galway Independent


"Galway Airport and its importance to the economic well-being of this region. We consider it to be a vital piece of infrastructure for our region and that its future and the future of investment in this region are inextricably linked. Galway Airport has weathered many storms, has cut costs and has shown that each time there is an improvement in the general economy its need for subsidy will decrease. That’s why last Friday’s indication from Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar TD that no new funding will be available for Galway Airport is bad news for Galway and for the region.

Minister Varadkar said last Friday that government was not in a position to reverse any of the cuts imposed in the last Budget. (The previous Government allocated €2 million to all six airports outside of the Public Service Obligation, PSO, which previously paid for routes to Dublin). Only last February, President of Galway Chamber, Carmel Brennan said in her address to members and guests at our Spring Reception at Galway Airport, that the airport “is a critical piece of transport infrastructure supporting both the indigenous and international business sectors by facilitating both outbound and inbound access to and from international markets”.

She said that, because the industrial composition of the Galway economy is unique among Irish cities in terms of the concentration of high technology industries and its extremely heavy dependence on internationally traded sectors and markets and that because of the airport’s extensive access to international ‘hub’ airports, the airport continues to be a key selling point in maintaining and attracting investment into the West region.  At the same function, Mr Gerard Kilcommins, VP of Global Vascular Operation and GM of the Medtronic Galway Site and current President of the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland, spoke of the vital importance of Galway Airport as part of the overall integrated infrastructure network in the West and the criticality of easy access and connectivity to the retention, attraction and growth of multinational investment in the region.

While the main focus of Galway Airport is on the business potential of the region, its role in our tourism sector cannot be underestimated. It is ironic therefore that Minister Varadkar also said on Sunday last, when talking about both President Obama’s and Queen Elizabeth’s visits: “These visits coincide with a tremendous package of measures for the tourism industry in the Jobs Initiative. This include reductions in VAT for tourism related products, a cut in employers’ PRSI, a three-pronged plan to increase air access to Ireland, and major reform of the visa application system.”  Galway Chamber has already welcomed Minister Varadkar’s measures regarding VAT reductions, cuts in employers’ PRSI and reform of the Visa application system, but the current situation regarding Galway Airport does not tie in with the ‘three-pronged plan to increase air access to Ireland’, in our opinion.

The payroll tax revenue (PAYE) being generated annually at Galway Airport is €2.1 million and is more than is being sought from Government by Galway Airport. If the annual cost of this vital piece of infrastructure is neutral to the exchequer, why is it under threat? This is alongside the fact that an independent report has confirmed that Galway Airport generates €31 million in revenues for the local economy


Executive Helicopters extends to Kazakhstan!, CFI Chris presenting Certificates re EC130 type training under JAR FTO approved school to students in Kazakhstan last week


Chris Don and Niall with Andy on technical Ground support all arrived back this morning from intensive Firefighting since the weekend in whats been described as the worst fires in 30 years, covering areas from Foxford/ Mountbellew/Donegal and others well done guys and enjoy the break
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Executive Helicopters Fly Dali Lama

Dalai Lama receives standing ovation at University of Limerick address

Dalai Lama arrives by Helicopter  Executive Helicopters company  Twin Engine Squirrel Bell 222

The Dalai Lama arrives at the University Arena this Thursday morning with Richard Moore,left, Children in Crossfire and Don Barry, President, University of Limerick(LL) PICTURE.OWEN SOUTH

Watched by an audience of 3,100 people and thousands more on a live stream on the internet, the event was the largest on the Buddhist leader’s two day visit to Ireland, his first in 20 years. This was his first ever visit to Limerick.

Arriving by helicopter, the Dalai Lama was greeted by UL President Prof Don Barry after landing on the ‘Sports Bowl’ beside the Arena. The 76-year old monk was accompanied by his friend Richard Moore, director of the charity Children in Crossfire, who organised the visit to Limerick.

A large contingent of invited guests were among the audience including former UL president Roger Downer, Fine Gael TD Kieran O’Donnell, Cathaoirleach Richard Butler, Shannon Development chief executive Vincent Cunnane and the Mayor of Limerick, Maria Byrne, as well as former Bishop of Limerick Donal Murray.

Members of the families of murdered rugby player Shane Geoghegan and Michaela Harte were also in attendance.

The Dalai Lama spoke for close to an hour and received a standing ovation after his address, during which he spoke about “the promotion of human values and the promotion of religious harmony”.

“If you practice compassion, it will benefit not only yourself, but create a positive atmosphere (around you),” he said.

UL director of corporate affairs, Eamonn Cregan, who helped to organise the event, said people had been queuing since 6.30am this morning to get into the event.

“It has taken a lot of effort to get him here - we had a big events team working on this. It has been a fantastic team effort,” he explained






































16.03.2011 CONGRATULATIONS - Congratulations to Capt Sam Madigan who recently qualified with Executives and secured employed within a month of qualifying Best of luck Sam in the Job from all at Executive!




Britain's SAR capability to priviatise delayed by up to four years

The Government’s £6bn plans to privatise Britain’s search and rescue (SAR) capability could be delayed by up to four years, after the preferred bidder admitted to irregularities in the bid process

Ministry of Defence sources have told Sky News that a new bid could take as long as two and a half years to complete, with an additional two and a half years to source and provide the helicopters themselves.

The plans to privatise SAR were controversial enough - but this latest embarrassment again provides evidence of defective defence procurement.

The Government has been forced to shelve the programme to replace the ageing Sea King fleet after one of the firms involved in bidding, Soteria, admitted it had access to the information.

The Soteria consortium's days were numbered when, just last month, the Royal Bank of Scotland pulled out.

But it was clear Soteria would not be providing Britain's future SAR capability when in December they informed ministers of "irregularities" in the bidding process, and Defence Secretary Liam Fox said their position "required clarification".

All of which casts doubt over whether or not the UK will have privatised search and rescue by 2012, which had been and remains the government's intention.

In a statement to Parliament, the Transport Secretary Philip Hammond said that one of the team which had set the bid criteria had been involved with the Soteria consortium.



"In mid-December, the preferred bidder in the SAR-H competition, Soteria, had come forward to inform the government of irregularities regarding the conduct of their bid team, which had only then recently come to light," Mr Hammond said.

"The irregularities included access by one of the consortium members, CHC Helicopter, to commercially sensitive information regarding the joint MoD/DfT project team's evaluations of industry bids and evidence that a former member of that project team had assisted the consortium in its bid preparation, contrary to explicit assurances given to the project team."

The £6bn contract is now in limbo, although sources told Sky News that it was still their intention for search and rescue to be privatised.

"We need to look at the situation over the next few weeks and see where we are," said one.

The same source confirmed that one option was to extend the life of the Sea King fleet currently in use.

CHC Helicopter currently hold an interim contract to provide search and rescue capability for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency at four locations: Stornoway, Sumburgh, Lee on Solent and Portland.

The collapse of the bid will again raise concerns about the British Government's defence procurement process, and the practice of adopting single, preferred bidders.



26.01.2011 Congratulations 

Congratulations to Captain Cunningham who passed his CPL Commercial Pilots test which was conducted with an approved Irish Aviation Examiner today at Executive Helicopters.  Over the past three years Tom has completed over 185 intensive flying hours and passed 15 high level written examinations  to JAA standard (Joint Aviation Authority) level which is the recognised qualification throughout Europe for commercial pilots.  Pictured here with Instructor Capt Niall Fitzpatrick who is  one of Ireland's foremost instructors with an excellent track record in passing Commercial Pilots. Tom got stuck straight in today by completing his yearly CRM course with fellow student and also recently qualified Captain Tony Minihan.  Wishing Capt Tom and Capt Tony the best in what promises to be a bright future in Aviation!


Captain Tom Cunningham after Passing his Commercial Pilots Exam pictured with Instructor Niall Fitzpatrick


Executive Helicopters Wins ESB Contract

18.01.2011 Executive Helicopters have won the ESB Networks overhead powerline checks five year contract.


Executive have set up their Facebook, youtube and Flicker accounts check them out and become a friend!! some good stuff worth seeing for all heli lovers, 



Capt Tony Minihan and Capt Sam Madigan who recently passed their commercial Helicopter Licence examinations, 



Capt Padraig Ryan and Kevin O'Grady who passed their CPL exams today 15.12.2010

well done Lads!!! a welcome Christmas present, Padraig and Kevin are the third and fourth students to pass their CPL exams in the last month at Executive Helicopter's training school,( along with Sam Madigan and Tony Minihan who passed their exams just over two weeks ago).  If we have to say so ourselves the standard is exceptionally high this year.  Celebrations are well under way!!!

Padraig Ryan who passed his CPL exams 15.12.2010 congratulations


New Surveillance System

A new surveillance system that can track offshore helicopters has become operational, it has been announced.

Helicopters going to and from North Sea oil and gas platforms are now visible to air traffic controllers from takeoff to landing.

"Multilateration" uses transmitters and receivers fitted to the platforms to track helicopters at a much greater range than radars.

It is a joint initiative by Oil and Gas UK and National Air Traffic Services.

John Mayhew, general manager of Nats in Aberdeen, said: "This is a major step forward for safety, as we can offer a traffic service to aircraft in the North Sea and pinpoint helicopters in emergency situations."

Robert Paterson, health, safety and employment issues director with Oil and Gas UK, said: "I am very pleased to see this system go live now.

"This is a considerable step forward in helicopter safety and typifies the sterling work done by the Helicopter Task Group - to drive important safety-related projects to a successful conclusion."

All 18 people on an offshore Super Puma helicopter survived a crash last year, but six weeks later another crashed, killing all 16 crew and passengers.



A NEW base for seaplanes on the River Shannon at Lough Derg was approved yesterday by An Bord Pleanála.

The board rejected appeals against the proposal from An Taisce and Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI). Local anglers and residents had also appealed Clare County Council’s decision to grant planning permission for the the base at Mountshannon.

The base is to form part of a network of facilities by Harbour Flights Ireland Ltd for a seaplane service around the country. Yesterday, Harbour Flights chief executive Emelyn Heaps said he was delighted with the decision, and hopes to start flying tourists in next year. Mr Heaps said the base at Mountshannon is just one location from which the seaplane service will operate, with other locations at Foynes, Limerick city, Galway city, Inishmore, Cobh, Waterford and Dublin.

In its ruling yesterday, the appeals board gave the project planning approval after finding the proposal would not seriously injure the amenities of the area or of property in the vicinity; would not give rise to creation of a traffic hazard; would not be prejudicial to public health, and would not have significant effects on the Natura 2000 site – Lough Derg (Shannon) Special Protection Area. In its appeal, Inland Fisheries Ireland stated a plan to locate an airport on Lough Derg with aircraft coming in at high speed would pose a risk to anglers, fisheries staff and other boat users.

The IFI, incorporating the former Shannon regional fisheries board, argued the construction of an airport on the lake would be an infringement of the fishing rights or property rights on the lake.  The director of the Shannon River Basin District at the IFI, Seán Ryan, told the appeals board: “These property rights have to be defended in a clear and constructive manner . . . Anglers must have unrestricted access to the fisheries so that they are able to enjoy fishing rights throughout the lake. These rights as a consequence need to be protected.”

In its appeal, An Taisce heritage officer Ian Lumley argued: “The proposal would constitute a public safety risk, in particular an accident risk through interface with other boating users of Lough Derg in particular.”

However, Mr Heaps said: “The objectors have achieved nothing and have managed only to hold up the plan for one year, and that means delayed jobs and delayed tourists for the area.”

He added: “We have had a welcome in all of the other areas, but what we got in Mountshannon were signs saying ‘Get off our lake’.  



Congratulations to Captain Tony Minihan and Captain Sam Madigan! who passed their Ccommerical Helicopter Pilot Tests today at Executive, Everyone at Executive is delighted,  after working with Tony and Sam since they started its been a lot of hard work but an absolute pleasure and you wont find two more professional pilots entering the work force!!, well done lads to two top class pilots 


Police helicopter crashes in Northern Ireland

Four injured when helicopter comes down near site of earlier crash in Mourne mountains
A helicopter hired by police to investigate the scene of an earlier crash on Northern Ireland's Mourne mountains flipped over and plunged to the ground this morning.  Four people were taken to hospital. Their injuries were not life-threatening, and police said they had been able to stumble away from the aircraft.  The team had been investigating a helicopter crash that killed three people near Hilltown, County Down, last weekend.   The helicopter involved in the latest incident was a Eurocopter Squirrel that was on lease to the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI). It had been attempting to land when it crashed, and had been in the final stage of the recovery operation following the weekend's incident.  It was carrying a pilot, photographer, observer and an officer from the police emergency team. Two of them were carried off the mountains by stretcher. The weather at the time was poor, with low cloud, heavy rain and strong winds.

The Air Accident Investigation Board was called in to investigate the latest accident. "The helicopter was in the area as party of a police clearance operation," the PSNI said.  Two of those who died in the previous crash were Charles Stisted and Ian Wooldridge. Their pilot has not yet been named. They had been returning to England after a private shooting party in County Tyrone.  Stisted, 47, was a friend of the Prince of Wales and chief executive of the Guards Polo Club at Windsor. Wooldridge, from Windlesham, Surrey, was a member of the club.  The Mourne mountains, whose largest peak, Slieve Donard, rises to nearly 2,800ft (853 metres), is a dangerous place for low-level flying, the MP representing the picturesque corner of Northern Ireland said today.  Margaret Ritchie, leader of the Social Democratic and Labour party, expressed concern over the latest crash and sent her sympathy to the injured. "We must be grateful to those who are taking risks in the course of investigations of last week's tragedy in order to protect life and limb in the future," the South Down MP said.  The Alliance party assembly member, Kieran McCarthy, said: "The Mourne mountains can often experience very adverse weather conditions and one can only imagine that in recent days the conditions have been treacherous."

The local Democratic Unionist assembly member, Jim Wells, who lives in the Mournes, was in the area when the crash happened. "Conditions in the Mournes are extremely bad," he said. "It's misty, the cloud is down to 600ft, and the rain is very heavy so I can understand how something like this could happen." At the time of today's crash the PSNI had imposed a no-fly zone around the area of the first accident on Saturday.


State will not sell Aer Lingus stake unless independence guaranteed

By Thomas Molloy

Thursday November 04 2010

THE Government will only sell its 25pc stake in Aer Lingus to an airline that can guarantee its independence from arch-rival Ryanair, the airline's chief executive said yesterday.

Aer Lingus boss Christoph Mueller said the Government would not sell its Aer Lingus stake, valued at about €150m, to Ryanair because it would crush competition.

Ryanair already owns nearly 30pc of Aer Lingus and chief executive Michael O'Leary said recently he remained interested in buying Aer Lingus despite two failed bids.

"The Government needs to make sure we are not taken over by Ryanair, because only two air carriers guarantee that the fares from London to Dublin remain very low," Mr Mueller told Reuters yesterday.

"They will only sell to a party which guarantees the independence of Aer Lingus," Mr Mueller said on the sidelines of a business conference in Dublin.


"I have no other information than that and we talk to them regularly. They are very pleased the share price is coming up and that we create value for the Government at this time," Mr Mueller added.

In a speech at an IBEC-sponsored conference in Dublin, Mr Mueller said the airline would post a 2010 profit. The airline would give further details about the profit either today or tomorrow, he added.

Britain's Office of Fair Trading launched an investigation last week into Ryanair's stake in Aer Lingus, which Mr O'Leary subsequently called "a wild goose chase".

Mr Mueller said the probe was credible. The chief executive also said he was exploring closer links with an Asian airline to give Aer Lingus access to markets in the region.

- Thomas Molloy

Irish Independent


Helicopter Crash Northern Ireland 23.10.2010

There are fears that up to four people may have been killed in a helicopter crash in Northern Ireland.

Police said, however, that the exact nature of injuries were still being established after an aircraft went down in the Mourne Mountains in Co Down.

Mountain Rescue teams and Coastguard are also involved in the search operation launched after reports that a light aircraft or helicopter had crashed at 4pm.

It is now believed a helicopter has crashed at the Leitrim Lodge picnic area near Hilltown in the mountain range.

Democratic Unionist representative for the area Jim Wells said the local community was shocked and now feared the worst.

"South Down has been hit by tragedies of this type over the years," he said.

"It looks like we have had another accident which looks like it has led to multiple deaths."

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Michael O'Leary setting sights Airlingus for 3rd Time 

Recent News Artical October Ryanair's chief executive has told a German newspaper that he hopes the Irish Government's financial woes will help the airline finally seal a takeover of Aer Lingus.Ryanair, which owns almost 30% of Aer Lingus, has tried twice to take over its rival but has struggled to overcome opposition from the Government which holds a quarter of Aer Lingus.The Government is broke now, it has to sell its holdings. In the end, it will sell Aer Lingus as well,' Michael O'Leary said in an interview published in daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung today.And I hope, we will buy Aer Lingus,' O'Leary said, adding he would aim to expand Aer Lingus as quickly as possible following any deal.'We could, for instance, get access to Charles de Gaulle (airport in Paris) and compete with EasyJet,' he said.A takeover of Aer Lingus could also increase the likelihood that Ryanair may start buying Airbus planes.'We have no credibility in negotiations with Airbus. They do not believe us that we really want to buy their planes. I think that will only change if we own an Airbus carrier such as Aer Lingus,' O'Leary said.O'Leary said it was unlikely Ryanair would add Airbus planes to its fleet unless it bought Aer Lingus, which flies A330s and A320-family planes.



Women in Aviation International is an organization dedicated to encouraging individuals to consider aviation careers and provide networking opportunities in the industry.  The UK Mildenhall and London chapters will be holding a WAI European Regional Conference on November 5-7, 2010 at the Brooklands Museum, Surrey, UK.  There is an exciting list of speakers including Mike Bannister, former Concorde Chief Pilot, BA, and Kirsty Moore, RAF Red Arrow.
You can get more information and register at the following website.


Franch Robinson passes the reins to Kurt Robinson

One o the emblematic icons of the rotorcraft industry retired in August.  Frank Robinson, creator of the world's leading manufacturer of civil helicopters, Robinson Helicopter, has decided to pass the reins of his business over to his son.  With his departure an entire page turns in the history of helicopters, making way for the future.  Below is a glimpse of this colorful character who established himself as one of the leading helicopter manufacturers. In 1973 his set up his own company.  Two years after having created his company, the first prototype of the R22 flew: I piloted the first aircraft myself he still boasts.  In 1979, the R22  received its FAA type certificate.  A few years later, in the mid 80s Robinson examined the idea of a new 4-seater rotorcraft: the R44 who's first flight was accomplished in 1990.  Since then more than 3000 R44s have been sold in 70 different countries. In 2007, the american company broke the record  for number of machines built in one year for the civilian market, with 827 coming out of the factory.  Before leaving he wanted to laucnh his latest creation the R66.  He hands over the reigns to Kurt Robinson and we wish him every success!.  And can't wait to start selling the R66's 

British firm is revealed as new backer of Aer Arann
10 October 2010 By Gavin Daly and Ian Kehoe

The Stobart Group, a quoted British transport business, is the preferred buyer for Aer Arann, the regional airline that went into examinership in September.

The group, which has extensive interests in international freight, is finalising a rescue package worth about €10 million to take control of the insolvent airline. Padraig O’Ceidigh, Aer Arann’s owner and chairman, is working with Stobart and will retain a minority stake in the business.  Stobart was one of three bidders for the airline, and was selected as the preferred bidder late last week by the company’s examiner, accountant Michael McAteer.

Stobart and the examiner are working out the details of the deal this weekend, and the British logistics company is expected to announce the deal to the stock market in the coming days.  The deal requires the approval of Aer Arann’s creditors and the High Court.  One of the other bidders for the airline was a consortium involving technology entrepreneur Jerry Kennelly, who sold Stockbyte for $135 million in 2006, and Michael Carey, the owner of Jacob Fruitfield.

Their bid was put together by Niall McHugh of BMOL Partners, a Dublin-based restructuring expert.

O’Ceidigh was also working with this bid, which was fully funded with a rescue package worth about €10 million.  However, the Aer Arann boss opted last week to go with the Stobart offer.  A German private equity group was the third bidder.

Aer Arann sought the appointment of an examiner after running up losses of €18.2 million since 2008.

The company’s finances were hit by the impact of the volcanic ash cloud earlier this year, and the loss of a number of public service obligation routes to rival airlines, including Ryanair. According to a report submitted to the court, the company’s creditors would face losses of more than €32 million if it failed to come out of examinership.   The Stobart Group was established by Eddie Stobart 40 years ago, and has interests in road and rail freight, and ports.  The company also has an air division, Stobart Air, which owns London Southend Airport. The group had revenues of almost stg£450million last year and said recently that trading this year was well ahead of last year.

Interesting Helicopter Artical in Gaurdian in October 2010

Two official safety inquiries took place into the military use of drones over southern England after near-collisions with helicopters, the Guardian can reveal.

The investigations are the first of their kind involving unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which are increasingly being flown in British civilian airspace after extensive use in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The inquiries by the UK Airprox Board, the body that investigates reports of near-collisions, relate to flights on 12 February by a Desert Hawk 3 (DH3) drone owned and used by the army. The drone was being flown in military airspace over Salisbury Plain and operated from the ground.

In each case the UK Airprox Board concluded that action taken by the operator on the ground prevented collision with the helicopter. However, it made recommendations and said there were "many lessons learned" in the first inquiries involving unpiloted aircraft, which can fly below radar altitude.

The areas in Wiltshire over which military drones are permitted to fly have been significantly extended since then. They were widened on 1 July to enable testing of Watchkeeper UAVs – winged drones that are based on Israeli military technology and operated by the Royal Artillery as remote spotter and targeting planes.

Announcing the additional "danger areas", the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) circular warned: "The unmanned aircraft that will be operating within this airspace are not capable of independently detecting or avoiding other aircraft (ie there is no pilot on board to 'see and avoid').

"In addition, their colour scheme and relatively small size may result in them being difficult for other pilots to acquire visually when airborne. Pilots who may be unable to comply with the conditions ... should not request a crossing clearance."

There is growing concern over the dangers of drones. Several police forces, government agencies and commercial operators are testing or using them.

Most have shown interest in microdrones: rotor-propelled aircraft that hover at heights of about 60 metres and can be fitted with video cameras, thermal imaging devices, radiation detectors, mobile phone jammers and air sampling devices. They weigh less than 20kg and, when used for surveillance, require a licence to fly.

They are said by manufacturers to be virtually invisible from the ground, making them ideal for covert surveillance. The Home Office endorses their use. In a statement to the Guardian it said: "UAVs can be a useful tool for law enforcement agencies in fighting crime and safeguarding the public, but their use is subject to strict Civil Aviation Authority safeguards and must be necessary and proportionate."

The CAA, which regulates UK airspace, last week warned that misuse of drones could lead to deaths. "In the wrong hands or used irresponsibly in built-up areas, or too close to other people or property, they represent a very real safety risk," it said.

The first UAV incident investigated by the UK Airprox Board occurred when the DH3, which looks like a model aeroplane and is operated with controls like those on a games console, sought to land after running out of battery at 488ft.

An Apache helicopter escorting a Chinook on a simulation exercise entered the landing zone and was at one stage "on a collision course" with the drone, the report said. Last-minute manoeuvres by the UAV controllers prevented a collision.

Three hours later a Sea King helicopter entered the same drone's airspace and came within 300 metres of it. The UAV operator spotted the helicopter and avoided collision with an "emergency orbit". "This was a very close encounter and had the [UAV operator] not reacted so quickly a mid-air collision could have occurred," the report said.

The Ministry of Defence said in a statement that neither incident posed a danger to personnel or aircraft. "On both occasions Desert Hawk 3 was operating safely under remote pilot control when a manned aircraft incorrectly entered the dedicated air space allocated to it," it said.

DH3s are manufactured by the US aerospace company Lockheed Martin. They have been used extensively in Afghanistan and Iraq for "over the hill reconnaissance" by Royal Artillery soldiers.

The CAA tightened regulations surrounding the use of drones this year, requiring all UAVs to be licensed before use. Merseyside police was forced to halve flights of its drones in February after the Guardian revealed it had used an unlicensed UAV to pursue a 16-year-old suspected car thief into some bushes, where he was found hiding. The force has since been given permission to resume flights.

• This article was amended on 4 October, 2010. The original named the body that investigates near misses as Airprox. This has been corrected.


Weather - Connaught Region as can be got twice daily updated at

07 October 2010- updated at 16:00

Mild and breezy this evening with very isolated showers.

Breezy and mild tonight with rain and drizzle spreading and hill and coastal fog forming. Lowest temperatures of 13 to 15 degrees.

A mild start to tomorrow with patchy rain and drizzle. Bright spells and scattered showers later. Breezy again with top temperatures of 16 to 19 degrees.


06 October 2010- updated at 18:00

Mostly dry this evening as showers become isolated. Mostly dry tonight too apart from the risk of a few showers in the west. Lowest temperatures 6 to 10 Celsius.

Bright and mostly dry on Thursday with sunny spells at times. Breezy or windy also with fresh to strong south to southeasterly winds. Highs 15 to 17 degrees.



Pilots are reminded that the deadline for registration to attend the 2010 Donegal Harvest Stages Rally by helicopter is today (Wednesday 6th October) at 3pm. Registrations must be received by this deadline to ensure inclusion on the IAA permission certificate for the event.


Galway Airports Facility Fee

Galway Airport is introducing a departing passenger fee effective from Monday, November 1st 2010. This fee will be known as the Airport Facilities Fee or the AFF and is set at €10 per passenger. The AFF will be charged on all passengers departing from Galway Airport aged 12 years and over.

The key purpose of the AFF is to support the provision of passenger services and facilities, on-going maintenance and the operation of this airport. The services include terminal facilities, safety and security services, air traffic control services, runway navigational systems, aircraft parking, and Rescue Fire Fighting services.

All airlines and air service operators have been notified of the introduction of the AFF and have been requested to make passengers aware of it before booking travel out of Galway Airport.  We have advised them to publish it on all their relevant communications including their websites, with the option of linking to our website for the explanations in full.


THE country’s high-fliers are well and truly grounded.

Those looking skywards of late may have wondered about the deafening silence in the airways above. Not only have the numbers jetting off on foreign holidays dropped, but it appears those Celtic cubs who splashed out on a helicopter in the good days have set them firmly on their landing pads.  The number of helicopters on the Irish register has almost halved since the height of the boom, according to the latest figures provided to the Irish Independent.

There are now 92 helicopters on the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) register, compared with 168 in 2008. But this may not show the extent of the drop-off, as it is estimated there may have been more than 300 choppers in Ireland at the height of the boom as half were believed to be US and UK-registered.

Boast  One of the latest to attempt to off-load its chopper is the Quinn Group, whose founder Sean Quinn was using a helicopter as far back as 1995, long before they became an essential boast of the Celtic Tiger jet-set. It is understood the group’s Agusta 109 helicopter is on the market.

Gym boss Ben Dunne was one of the first to “shed overhead” as he parted with his Agusta 109 as signs of the downturn emerged.  “I sold it at a little more than I paid for it and if I’d held on to it for six months longer it would have cost me €2m,” the former supermarket tycoon said.  “It’s only a fool that would have a helicopter now unless you are very, very wealthy.”  Entrepreneur and star of TV show ‘The Apprentice’ Bill Cullen has also mothballed his chopper.

The number of helicopters removed from the Irish register has soared from three in 2005 to 43 in 2009.  Many have been sold abroad, with the majority re-registered in countries including the UK, the US, Germany, France, Russia, South Africa and Spain.

Joe McCarthy, managing director of Mach Aviation, said they were being sold mainly for business use.

Chris Shiel, owner of flight-training school Executive Helicopters, said it had been bringing in around 20 helicopters a year from clients, but this came to a halt in 2007.  “Nearly all private aircraft were sold by the beginning of this year,” he said.  “All aircraft were purchased and owned by developers and property people. I don’t see them going back into aircraft at the moment, the money just isn’t there and it is not seen to be the thing to have.”

Helicopters have become a rarer sight at sporting events, with just 20 aircraft registered for the Galway Races, down from around 90 in 2007.

The number of people taking flying lessons has also fallen, with just four student licences issued so far this year, compared with 78 a few years ago.  Mr Shiel said the €22,000 cost of training for a private helicopter licence had proven prohibitive and few were now signing up.  However, those already in possession of a private licence were studying for their commercial licence to go into flying as a profession.


Topaz enters Aviation fuel sector in Ireland - Maybe we'll soon be able to top up at our local Topaz Station!  

Topaz, the country’s largest fuel and convenience retailer is expanding into the aviation fuel sector, after agreeing a joint venture deal with Shell Aviation. The deal will see Topaz, the fully Irish owned and managed company, buy 50% of Shell Aviation Ireland Limited to create a 50:50 joint venture that will sell aviation fuel in Ireland.  Dr Frank Bergin, Director, Chief Operations Officer at Topaz, said: “We are delighted to be expanding into aviation fuels marketing and see good growth potential in this sector. This venture will create additional jobs in Dublin and drive an Irish focus to the business. It is a modest beginning but we are looking forward to developing our presence in this sector. While the aviation sector has had a challenging year we see the outlook improving markedly in the medium term.”

Galway Airport Flyin

Today is the last day of the Galway Airport Flying for the weekend was a huge success and well done to Galway Airport for the Initiative in driving business to Galway. 

Recent Updates issued on Irish Aviation Website  

Conduct of Flights Carried out for Charity.

The Irish Aviation Authority, pursuant to Article 4(4) of the Irish Aviation Authority, (Operations) Order, 2006 (S.I. 61 of 2006), hereby directs that any flight or series of flights carried out in respect of which the only valuable consideration given or promised is to a Registered Charity shall, for the purpose of this direction, be considered to be carried out as a private flight.2. It shall be a requirement that prior to any such "Charity Flight" being carried out the owner/operator/pilot of the flight shall apply to the Irish Aviation Authority, Flight Operations Department for a Permission for the flight to be carried out.3. Any flight carried out under such a Permission shall comply with the relative conditions as set out in the Annexes to this direction.4. On any flight carried out under such a Permission, any passengers carried shall be informed prior to the flight commencing that the flight does not fully comply with Public Transport or Commercial Air Transport regulations.5. For the purposes of such a "Charity Flight" Permission to be issued the charity must be registered with the Charities Regulatory Authority as set out under the terms of the Charities Act 2009.6. The Registered Charity to which payment is made must not be the operator of the aircraft.


Following on from the recent consultation process and negotiations that have taken place with the National Microlight Association of Ireland regarding the requirements for the issue of a Microlight Pilot Licence and validation/conversion of existing non-Irish licences.

Given the considerable progress and good will that has been displayed by all concerned in the consultation process, and in an attempt to try and bring such individuals back into full compliance, the Irish Aviation Authority is prepared to issue an amnesty for a period of not more than three months from the date of publication of this notification to allow those individuals to apply to the Authority to regularise their position without any action being initiated against them. See for more details

Some Interesting Statistics provided by Galway Airporton passenger transport in Galway - See Website for full details

  • 40,000 people employed in City (nearly half of these commute)
  • Galway Airport has met with Employers representing 15,000 employees
  • 43% of businesses recently surveyed confirmed the airport as being ‘Essential to Important' in their setting up in the City and Galway region
  • 55% of airports' Dublin traffic is business related
  • The tourism impact of the airport on the region is estimated at €19m
  • Passenger surveys show that 78% of all Dublin traffic is connecting inwards and outwards


Galway Airport Fly In


24, 25 & 26th SEPTEMBER 2010
Join us for a very special weekend as we show what we at Galway Airport & the Galway region has to offer you.

FREE Landing & Parking for fly-in aircraft at the airport over Friday, Saturday & Sunday.  Selected local hotels have special offers (on production of Landing Card) for visitors to Galway Airport for weekend of 24, 25 & 26th September.


18.09.2010  Helicopter Career Opportunities

Newly qualitifed and looking for a job, Great opportunity to live a abroad and build valuable hours?  We have been approched by a overseas company looking newly qualified pilots if interested give us a call to discuss.  4* Hotel accomodation and approx $25k a year.


18.09.2010  Congratulations Student Commercial Licence

Congratulations to Jose from Spain who has just passed his JAA Commercial Pilot test yesterday, Jose come to us from Spain to gain his European approved commercial licence.  Jose is hoping to take up fire fighting as his next direction in his piloting career and we at Executive want to wish him every success in his tuture career. 


08.09.2010  New International Students

We would like to Welcome Jose who is over from Spain and has just commenced his commercial JAR licence training today!  Its busy times as we expect to see a number of commercial pilots exiting over the coming months.  Wish them luck and Stay posted!


Article on Helicopter trade in todays Independent - 06/09/2010

Flight Plan - Stages when an Aircraft goes missing

There are three stages in the event of an aircraft going missing (for which a flight plan has been fliled)  These are INCERFA, ALERFA, DETRESFA, or uncertainty phase, alert phase and distress phase.

In the uncertainty phase it may simply be that an aircraft is overdue and that there has been no contact.  The alert phase will kick in if searches for the aircraft have yielded nothing.  Finally the distress pahase will call on all available assets to help with search to locate a missing aircraft.  At both the Shannon and Dublin ATC centres, threre are trained personnel in search and rescue, and all take this task very seriously.  It's worth noting that not only filing a flgiht plan but also including a mobile telephone number in the supplementary information onn that flight plan, can be of enormous benefit if a search is initiated by the FIS staff,

When to File a Flight Plan - A must know!

There are very clear definitions of whan a flight plan should be filed, which may not seem to include your flight. "A flight plan shall be submitted prior to operating

any flight or portion of a flight, to be provided with an air traffic control Service

Any flight within or into designated areas, along designated routes, when so required by the appropriate ATS authority to facilitate the provision of flight information, alerting and search and rescue services

An flight withn or into designated areas, or along designated routes, when so required by the appropriate ATS authority to facilitate co-ordingation with appropriate military units or with air traffic services units or with air traffic services units in adjacent states in order to avoid the possibel need tor interception forthe purpose of identification:

Any flight across international borders - just in case you decide to fly a little detour into Northern Ireland

Within the state, for any flight of which at least a total of 30 nautical miles is over water.

So, there's the officiall line on the filing of a flight plan.

An aircraft for which a flight plan is filed will received a Flignt information Service and an Alerting Service.  What this means in practice is that the ATC unit which received the flight plan information, will provide flight information and alerting services if requested or, even if not requested, if required.


Sikorsky Launches Electric Helicopter "interesting snippit"

Will an electric helicopter ever be viable?  Sikorsky is going to give it a go!  at the annual EAA AirVenture show at Oshkosh, USA in July, the Company introduced "Project Firefly" an all-electric helicopter technology demonstrator - an plans to fly it before the end of 2010.  The aircraft is based on an S-300 with the standard Lycoming piston single engine replaced by a 190hp electric motor, a lithium-ion battery system and a digital controller.  Integrated sensors provide real-time aircraft health information to the pilot through panal integrated interactive LCD monitor.  Eagle Aviation Technologies carried out the airframe modifications and assembly of the demonstrator aircraft.  The firefly was at the EAA event as part of a world symposium on electric aircraft.. Chris Van Buiten, director of Sikorslky Innovations, said,  "Our objectives with Project Flirefly are to provide a proof of principle concept to validate the benefits of an electrically powered rotorcraft, to develop the technologies to enable the manned flight of that technology, and to drive future development of improved state-of-the-art "green" technologies and practices"  The first flight is anticipated to occur later this year, upon completion of ground tests and safety of flight reviews in accordance with Sikorsky standard practice for all aircraft programmes.


Alert! Student Air Traffic Controller Vacancies at IAA  (posted 13/08/2010)

The Authority is now offering places on its Student Air Traffic Controller Programme. Successful completion of the programme will lead to a career in one of the most interesting and varied sectors of the aviation industry



This two-year training programme was introduced by the IAA in 1997 and consists of a number of modules. Applicants must be 19 years of age and have a Leaving Certificate with five passes (including Maths) with a Grade C in at least two higher level papers. An equivalent second level qualification may be acceptable.

The programme is as follows:


  • Induction (one week) - This is classroom based and students are taught about the Irish Aviation Authority and given a general overview of the aviation industry.
  • Familiarisation (one week) - Students are introduced to the Shannon based operational areas of the IAA. Visits are arranged to local airlines and the Met office and students also take a trip onto Shannon airfield.
  • Team building - The class spends three days at an adventure centre for team building.
  • Theory module (three months) - Subjects include Air Law, Navigation, Meteorology, Theory of Flight and Communications. There are frequent progress tests throughout this module ending with written and oral examinations.
  • Basis skills training - The class is broken into three groups of eight. Students spend six weeks each learning Non-Radar skills, Radar skills and Aerodrome skills. At the end of this stage students are assigned to Cork, Dublin or Shannon.
  • Rating training (12 weeks) - Students are trained in a specific airspace at Cork, Shannon or Dublin.
  • On-the-job-training (OJT) (16 weeks) - Students are coached by on-the-job-training-instructors (OJTIs). These are qualified air traffic controllers who monitor the progress of the student.

The programme finishes with a graduation ceremony for successful student


Upcoming Aviation Events 2010

Some Irish Aviation Events events which maybe of Interest in the remainder of 2010.  Just to remember events are subject to change due to weather conditions etc

August 14th & 15th Birr Annual Fly-In The ormand Flying club host their annual Fly-In. Weather back up date is September 4th & 5th

September 25th & 26th  The PAI Irish Nationals.  The Irish Nationals will take place at the Irish Parachute Club.

October 5th - 10th  FAI General Conference  the 104th FAI General Conference will be held on 5-10 October 2010 at the Citywest Hotel near Dublin Ireland.  The event is being hosted by the National Aero club Ireland

- for more information check the IAA website at


Galway races are over for another year attendance was good up a reported 5% overall on last year despite the economic recession, weather conditions held up well overall and good time was had by all.

29.07.2010 Ladies Day at the races

The big day is finally here, weather forecast dry and cloudy, Helicopter bookings are strong but seats still available. J.P. won the Galway Plate for the fourth time yesterday in what was described  as a "nailbiting" day

AnnMarie O'Leary from Camp in Co. Kerry was the winner of the Best Dressed Lady Competition. Ms. O'Leary who celebrated her 40th birthday today wore a vintage style ivory fitted dress with shoulder bow details by Karen Moriarty.  Her hat was designed by Carol Kennelly, Milliner from Co. Kerry.

28.07.2010 Wenesday at the Races

Weather promised Good dry and cloudy should be a another fantastic day out!

27.07.2010 Galway Races reported - Fantastic crowds for the first two evenings of Galway Races

" Punters were aplenty and with added excitement of a local Galway owner on Tuesday the two evening meetings were once again a huge success.  Crowd figures were up on both evenings.  The attendance for Monday was 17,961 up  619 people on last year and the attendance for Tuesday was 17,860 up 2,119 on last year."
Our helicopters were as usual providing shuttles in and out to the races, and ground staff were at the race course to co-ordinate, everything ran smoothly without a glitch.  Well done guys!
Pilot Shortage predicted in the US
According to an article in Flight Training news. "Last month industry experts attending a National Transportation Safety Board forum in Washington warned that future airline pilots will soon be in short supply. Panel members said there are far fewer military pilot leaving for jobs with airlines.  Fewer college students  say they want careers in aviation because they see it as an economic dead end, and airlines are increasingly having to compete with corporations for pilots. Paul Rice, a pilot and spokesman for the Air Line Pilots Association, said he shared the panel's concern that there will be a shortage of experienced pilots at regional airlines"

16.07.200 - Trim Veteran & Vintage Car Rally, Pleasure Flights

EVENT! Executive will be sending their Bell 222 helicopter across Ireland to Trim, Co. Meath this Sunday 18th July 2010. Ever been in a twin engine, IFR equipped helicopter? Well if not, come on down to the show at the Porch Fields in Trim to experience the fantastic thrill of the Bell 222 aircraft.


13.07.2010 - Events Throughout Ireland

Executive helicopters will be attending a number of shows throughout Ireland this summer, giving helicopter rides at an affordable cost, prices will start from €20 euros.  A Calender of events will show shortly so come along and enjoy the day!


01.07.10 ; Galway Races 2010 Prices

The prices for this years Galway Races shuttle flights from Galway City Docks will be as follows.

€125 one way or €200 return. Prices are per person.

If it is a group booking, and your group size is in a multiple of 4 or 7 passenegers, we can provide you with a group discount.

Call now for further details.



29.06.10 ; Galway Races 2010

Executive will be operating shuttle flights from the Galway City Docks again this year! Watch-out for this years prices, coming soon!



Robinson - New Turbine Helicopter now For Sale - Press Release  09.02.2010



Robinson Helicopter Company is Now Accepting Orders for the R66 Turbine Helicopter

Torrance, CA—Robinson’s turbine helicopter, the 5-place R66, will be on display at Heli-Expo in Houston, Texas, February 21, 22, and 23, 2010.  Serial numbers will not be assigned and delivery dates will not be confirmed until after FAA certification is complete.

The R66 incorporates many of the design features of its reputable predecessor, the R44, including a two-bladed rotor system, T-bar cyclic and an open interior cabin configuration. The most notable differences are its increased reserve power, increased altitude performance, fifth seat and large baggage compartment. Popular upgrades including HID landing lights, leather seats, and a stereo audio control panel are standard in the R66. contact us for more information



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