Galway Airport. Avoid Avoid

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Re: Galway Airport. Avoid Avoid

Post by StrikeCommand » Mon Oct 31, 2011 12:53 pm

Joe Walshe (Airport Manager)was on RTE radio again this morning being interviewed about the future of Galway Airport. He mentioned charter operations - corporate charter for multinationals, for the Volvo Ocean Race and the Heineken Cup next year, Aer Arann maintenance but no mention at all of General Aviation (presumably because it's only a small part of their business). That could be taken to mean that Galway Airport management have no plans to expand or encourage GA activity or it could be just a simple oversight/omission during a media interview.

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Re: Galway Airport. Avoid Avoid

Post by xair899 » Sat Feb 25, 2012 8:20 pm

Check NOTAMs for current state of Galway Airport.

Basically only open Monday to Friday from 09.00 to 17.00 with Fire & Recsue cover reduced to Cat 1.
Not sure about availability of fuel.

At weekends it is ONLY open for Galway Flying Club aircraft and members and is closed to ALL visitors, with even diversions unwelcome according to reports from their AGM last week. Presumably this is due to insurance and legal liability problems?

If you thought access was bad before, it's worse now!

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Re: Galway Airport. Avoid Avoid

Post by buggyB » Sun Feb 26, 2012 1:52 pm

Does that mean that the zone and the CTA stubs are also open at the weekends, as they are only active during the published opening hours of the tower?

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Re: Galway Airport. Avoid Avoid

Post by xair899 » Mon Feb 27, 2012 8:07 am

Haven't seen it in writing but assume as previously, when the airport is closed the airspace reverts to Class G. Call blind to Traffic on 122.50 and look out for the two flying club Cessnas doing circuits, they never stray far from home.

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Re: Galway Airport. Avoid Avoid

Post by Demonduck » Mon Feb 27, 2012 11:05 am

EIAB To Cliffs of Moher on the way to EIER at 14:00 last saturday in a cessna 182 and we had to keep clear of the Galway Zone as requested by Shannon.On the return at 16:00 we were requested to give Galway tower a call but there was nos response so we were cleared for a more direct route through the Galway zone from Shannon control 127.500 while keeping a listening watch on 122.500.

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