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by Hayden Lawford
Thu May 17, 2012 10:48 pm
Forum: Irish General Aviation
Topic: Aran Islands
Replies: 68
Views: 19881

Re: Aran Islands

Came across this site
http://www.ronaldv.nl/abandoned/airfields/EI/west.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Not 100% accurate, but a bit of nostalgia on Oranmore and Castlebar
by Hayden Lawford
Fri Apr 27, 2012 9:03 pm
Forum: Irish General Aviation
Topic: Aran Islands
Replies: 68
Views: 19881

Re: Aran Islands

Amish, Thanks for that, and congratulations on your airmanship. If you think that it has taken a long time to get Inishbofin operational you may be interested to know that I carried out a survey there way back in '77, and identified a site which I believe is now the present airfield! As to costs, In...
by Hayden Lawford
Fri Apr 27, 2012 4:48 pm
Forum: Irish General Aviation
Topic: 100th Anniversary of First UK-Ireland Flight
Replies: 4
Views: 1890

Re: 100th Anniversary of First UK-Ireland Flight

Good to see an important first being commemorated, Corbett-Wilson was the first to do it without getting his feet wet and his flight counts as the "first". However, it should not be forgotten that eighteen months earlier on 11th Sept 1910 the well known actor and aviator Robert Lorraine left Holyhea...
by Hayden Lawford
Fri Apr 27, 2012 4:25 pm
Forum: Irish General Aviation
Topic: Aran Islands
Replies: 68
Views: 19881

Re: Aran Islands

Amish, That's a good summary, I think that you are so right that a lot of the current problems date back to the tragic events of 2007. The Irish legal sytem is notorious when it comes to litigation! I would ask one question though - does your insurance cover use of unlicenced airfields WITHOUT PRIOR...
by Hayden Lawford
Fri Apr 27, 2012 1:48 pm
Forum: Irish General Aviation
Topic: Aran Islands
Replies: 68
Views: 19881

Re: Aran Islands

Even if you don't require a licenced airfield, you do still need the owners/operators permission. Here's a hypothetical scenario - aircraft is damaged by debris on the runway outside hours, owner seeks compo, who pays? This could be a factor in Aer Arann's reluctance to allow operations outside hour...
by Hayden Lawford
Fri Apr 27, 2012 11:45 am
Forum: Irish General Aviation
Topic: Aran Islands
Replies: 68
Views: 19881

Re: Aran Islands

Tolka, I can well understand the frustration of the aviation community re-use of the Aran Islands airfields, but unfortunately GA in Europe seems to suffer from more and more over regulation and 'fings ain't what they used to be. As far as I know Aer Arann has been responsible for the operation of E...
by Hayden Lawford
Fri Apr 27, 2012 12:26 am
Forum: Irish General Aviation
Topic: Aran Islands
Replies: 68
Views: 19881

Re: Aran Islands

I have been following this thread with some interest, so herewith my 5 pennyworth. The Island airfields were established over 40 years ago to provide a badly needed air service, and this remains the main raison d’etre for their existence. Ever increasing regulation emanating from Europe, diligently ...
by Hayden Lawford
Fri Oct 22, 2010 8:09 pm
Forum: Irish General Aviation
Topic: Castlebar
Replies: 14
Views: 5067

Re: Castlebar

Very sad news, Donal RIP. I first landed at Castlebar in a Rallye ex-Coonagh about 1964 and was met by one of the original directors of the Airport, Michael Heverin - there wasn't even a terminal building there at the time. In later years I flew in many times with the Aer Arann Islanders on all sort...
by Hayden Lawford
Sat Jun 05, 2010 5:33 pm
Forum: Photos & Videos
Topic: Oranmore Airfield
Replies: 1
Views: 1340

Oranmore Airfield

Looking for photos taken at the old Oranmore Airfield, aircraft/people and anything of interest to do with this airfield which was one of the oldest airfields in Ireland, established in 1917 and operational until Carnmore opened in 1974 and now, alas, lost to development.

Can anyone help?

Hayden
by Hayden Lawford
Wed Nov 25, 2009 10:01 pm
Forum: Irish General Aviation
Topic: Runway 13/31 EINN
Replies: 12
Views: 2684

EINN 31/13

Yes, happy days - I first landed on the old RWY 32 in 1961 in a non-radio Auster - "Orbit over the south bank and wait for a green" - from the old Tower! 31 was very handy if you were operating from SRS or Westair as it saved miles of taxiing. If you needed the terminal with an Islander you landed s...
by Hayden Lawford
Sun Jun 14, 2009 11:18 pm
Forum: Irish General Aviation
Topic: Alcock & Brown 90th Anniversary
Replies: 24
Views: 5415

I believe the plan is to fly EICM - Duxford on Monday, subject W/X of course. The Vimy replica did a series of flypasts at Clifden with excellent photo opportunities and circled the actual landing site at Derrygimbla in salute to Alcock & Brown. It will definitely be grounded in the autumn and m...
by Hayden Lawford
Fri Jun 12, 2009 8:21 pm
Forum: Irish General Aviation
Topic: Alcock & Brown 90th Anniversary
Replies: 24
Views: 5415

Vimy is at EICM after a 5 hour flight from Duxford. She flew during the press launch today with Tean Guinot formating with her - a great sight. Looks good for Clifden tommorrow.
by Hayden Lawford
Sat Jun 06, 2009 11:44 am
Forum: Irish General Aviation
Topic: Alcock & Brown 90th Anniversary
Replies: 24
Views: 5415

No details of the routing, just that it is planned be a non-stop flight. BHX airspace is on the direct track, so route could be either south over Welsh mountains if weather permits, or north along N Wales to Holyhead. By my reckoning that could mean landfall anywhere between Arklow and Dublin. This ...
by Hayden Lawford
Fri Jun 05, 2009 8:04 pm
Forum: Irish General Aviation
Topic: Alcock & Brown 90th Anniversary
Replies: 24
Views: 5415

Alcock & Brown 90th Anniversary

The Vickers Vimy NX71MY is expected to participate in the Clifden Airshow on 13 June. News from the team at Brooklands is that they plan to depart Duxford direct to EICM on 11th June. Press launch planned at EICM 12.00, 12th June. The Vimy will transit from EICM to Clifden for the Air Show , but wil...
by Hayden Lawford
Wed Dec 03, 2008 3:53 pm
Forum: Irish General Aviation
Topic: History of EI-AMT?
Replies: 10
Views: 2211

Yes, the 180/185's were designed for short and rough field ops, both very rugged aircraft. Of course we were all rared on taildraggers in the 50's and early 60's until the spamcans arrived. You are right about Headfort, I attended at least one display there in the 60's and I'm pretty sure 'MT was th...