Obviously I'm not suggesting we start stalking the shy retiring private airfield owners of middle Ireland, but it's always a good thing to have marked in your GPS in case that carb icing isn't going away as fast as you would like and your passenger is starting to get a little concerned about the pale colour you've just turned. I had this happen to me over the Wicklow mountains once - it was a great comfort to know that Hacketstown was only three miles away. It was an even greater comfort when the revs picked up again so I didn't have to worry about squeezing in to Hacketstown!
Anyways, the only private strip I've ever stumbled across is 4.2 nm due north of Carlow. Strip is grass, runs north/south with a windsock at the southern end and looks to be about 500-600 m long.
Carlow International Airport's GPS co-ordinates are N 52 54.141' W 006 55.916'.
Obviously, I would remind people of the importance of really doing your homework before wandering into somebody's field. See http://www.aaiu.ie/upload/general/4948-0.pdf for further details on how regrettable a decision that can be! Having the land owner's consent is another good idea.
N52? 17.732' W006? 40.886
The strip was developed by the landowner John White over 20 years ago, however it's only in the last 3 that it's really started to be used. It's run by the local members of SAAC. Lefthand circuits are the rule of the day at a height of 800 ft. The field is rather difficult to find, there's no strong feature that can be used to guide one onto the strip, however there is an unusual shaped coastal inlet due south of the strip. Following the road north from the village of Duncormac will bring one directly to the threshold of 36.
Picture courtesy of Jonathan Lowe. Approach to runway 18
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Another is a Private REALLY short strip About 5nm from Kilmeaden.It,s really a back garden with a strip about 50m in length maybe 100m.
Understand it has been used on at least one occasion for an emergency landing.
Would love to know contacts as my parents live in the town and it would make life very easy indeed. However, not sure the flying colub I belong too would let me use it without some sort of published chart.
Anyone know anything about this site?
I was flying up north of Maynooth today and passed over Dolly's Grove, an impressive field. I continued over it towards Dunshaughlin and routing from Dunshaughlin towards Trim I spotted an airfield about 3 miles south east of Trim. It had a grass strip and a bit bright orange windsock. Any ideas what the name of this field is, its owner and anymore details?
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