Finner Camp and Gormanstown?

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Finner Camp and Gormanstown?

Post by GJOYT » Sat Aug 06, 2005 4:02 pm

Could anybody tell me whether if the Air Corps still fly in to these military camps cause I have heard rumours that they dont anymore and that there is no flying activity at them? Is this true? I was in Bundoran a few months ago for a weekend and saw or heard no activity at Finner and I saw an X on the runway above the runway no. Do all military camps who have runways do this anyway regardless if still active or not as a sign to civil aircraft not to land? I remember flying out of Sligo a few years ago and been handed off to Finner Camp as we were flying towards Bundoran on 120.1 I think?? And there was a Marchetti(226) just after taking off from it.

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Post by hugoj_air » Sat Aug 06, 2005 6:59 pm

Gormanston has been closed to all aviation activity for about two
years now and a great facility is sitting there waiting to be disposed
of by the goverment, for what, no one seems to know.
As for Finner, all fixed wing flying has ceased at the camp. Exactly
when I'm not sure. The Air Corps still retain the hanger there for
helicopter operations, but is seldom used now, because the Air Sea Rescue service is now civilianised and operates out of Sligo
Airport-Strandhill.

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Post by GJOYT » Mon Aug 08, 2005 10:47 pm

Thanks hugo_air. Do you know if Baldonnel has an X above the runway no. on its runways? Is there any other military camps around Ireland that have runways and fixed wing activity? Is Gormanstown like Finner with a military camp right beside it or is it just an airport which the army use to use? Could there be any possibility of reopening it to civil aircraft operations?

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Post by StephenM » Mon Aug 08, 2005 11:03 pm

Baldonnel's runways are still active, with daily operations, so no X's there :wink:

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Post by hugoj_air » Tue Aug 09, 2005 12:16 am

Thank you StephenM. That's what I thought also, but was'nt sure.
Until recently there were just three military airfield's in the Republic.
Now Baldonnel is the only one still active.
Both Baldonnel and Gormanston were purpose built aerodrome's, as
they were called in 1918, when they were constructed by the British
goverment, as training centre's for the RAF.
Finner, on the other hand was an airstrip built in 1972, as an addition
to the existing army camp. As far as I know there are no other military
airstrips attached to camps in the Republic. However there are now
helipad's constructed at several camp's.
I dont think you will ever see civil or any other aviation activity at Gormanston ever again.
There is ongoing discussion about the possiblity that part or even all of Baldonnel been used as for civil operation's, either light aircraft,
passenger service's or both.

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Post by hugoj_air » Sat Aug 13, 2005 10:13 pm

Antoin Dalton pointed out to me that an airstrip was in use at
the Curragh Camp a few years ago. Liam Kenny told me about
this, but I forgot. The Cessna 172's of the Air Corps used it on
occasion. But apperantly when they flew in and out, they would
upset the local horse's. So flying was stopped. Can anyone add
to this.
Also does anyone know the exact location of the 1918 Landing
Ground used by the RAF at the Curragh Camp.

Hugo.

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Re: Finner Camp and Gormanstown?

Post by irishflyingkid » Tue Jul 30, 2013 2:11 pm

Hi, I live in Bundoran And helicopter activity has also began to decline, I have only seen one fixed wing aircraft (i don't know the type) It was late at night and i could barely see it (11ish) I Just seen the landing lights come on and it flew by but i've never seen any other one)

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Post by trimflyingclub » Wed Jul 31, 2013 1:07 pm

hugoj_air wrote:Gormanston has been closed to all aviation activity for about two
years now
Not entirely true, about a week ago a military AW139 was on night exercises from the Curragh to Gormanstown
where they landed and later returned to the Curragh. Listened to them on liveatc.net working with Dublin.

Also, on the Irish charts, its still shown as active, so there must be some reason for it.

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Re: Finner Camp and Gormanstown?

Post by hugoj_air » Wed Jul 31, 2013 6:45 pm

Thank's for the update trimflyingclub,

Perhaps I should rephrase my original post to state fixed wing aircraft op's. (now someone will post saying that an aircraft was seen landing on........) military helis can and do land anywhere they require for training and operational reasons.

I'm not sure, but I think the Government would prefer to keep their option's opened. Gormanston ceased to be an active Air Corp military base, by shutting down op's, but perhaps they want to keep it usable, for when required.
When the British military cease op's at an airfield, they normally put on a "care & maintainance" basis for a number of years, just in case. I dont think Irish military have a similar system, but just let it remain dormant instead.

btw-had a walk around Trim town to-day. Didn't get out to the field :cry:

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