Private Helicopter Near Coonagh
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    Private Helicopter Near Coonagh

    by Rallye EIBFP » Sun Aug 15, 2004 5:44 pm

    I live near coonagh, and have noticed several helicopters landing at a private site. A Hughes 500C N500RK, Eurocopter 120 EI-PJW and recently a very big turbine powered helicopter I am unsure of the type N666WX

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    Private helicopter near Coonagh

    by hugoj_air » Mon Aug 16, 2004 7:57 pm

    On my way into Coonagh on Tues the 3rd Aug, I noted a helicopter at the Radison SAS hotel. It was N222W a Bell 222A. I assume it was at a different site that you noted the other heli's. If it was a different site I would be very interested in it's location.
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    Helis near Coonagh

    by shrtfld » Mon Aug 16, 2004 8:29 pm

    Hi Colm

    There is an increasing number of helis in this area. There is one saaid to be based near Cratloe, one in Clonlara and at least two more in Killaloe. One of the helis in Killaloe is an R44 Raven belonging to Brian Cullen (G-CCYC). Word locally is there may be another two or three - mainly Robinsons.

    For those Heli pilots who frequent the Coonagh area and perhaps see this web, they might consider checking in on 129.9 (Coonagh Traffic). There was Bell doing a lot of low flying just north of Coonagh (near the Radisson) on Saturday and had not made any contact. Many do but many more do not bother calling up.
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    by Rallye EIBFP » Mon Aug 16, 2004 8:37 pm

    As far as I know, this guy owns Shannon Minerals, so rumours around the flying club in Coonagh where I am a junior member (hence my username) Yes there is alot of helicopters especially a sort of orange used on the airport fire trucks, it landed at the private site and took off again and headed towards the feadamore area.

    I think the controlled airspace above Coonagh is 1000ft on Shannon Area 124.75 and yes the Coonagh AG is 129.90

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    by Rallye EIBFP » Mon Aug 16, 2004 8:39 pm

    Re the heli?s in The Raddison, they belong to Westair in Shannon.
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    by Rallye EIBFP » Mon Aug 16, 2004 8:41 pm

    One last comment:

    EI-CFE A Robinson R22 Beta does training the odd day in Coonagh and I ahve seen this heli in Singland Motors on the Dublin Road in Limerick
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    Private helicopter near Coonagh

    by hugoj_air » Tue Aug 17, 2004 1:32 am

    As part of a trip around Ireland, by road recently (1st to the 5th Aug) I called into Executive Helicopters at Deerpark, Oranmore. I could'nt believe my eye's. Eight R.44's all Irish registered in the hanger awaiting delivery and more to come. If anyone's interested I could post the complete list of the trip on this forum. It should be ready for posting tomorrow evening the 17th. Also thank you to those who sent in details of sites, I am always on the lookout for more info on any and all aviation sites in Ireland.
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    by Rallye EIBFP » Tue Aug 17, 2004 3:25 pm

    Helicopters are becoming increasingly popular as you saw especially in the Galway/Limerick regions. Do yes post that as it would be very interesting to see.

    I have a "Aero-Bikes-Computer-Guitar" website-

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    by Rallye EIBFP » Tue Aug 17, 2004 3:25 pm

    And especially the robinsons!!!!!!!!!!!
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    List of trip around Ireland

    by hugoj_air » Tue Aug 17, 2004 8:09 pm

    Hi Mark,
    I assume you have been monitoring the helicopter near Coonagh posting's.
    As you will have seen, I have comprehensive listing of all aircraft noted on
    on the trip myself and a friend made recently. I was wondering on what section of the forum I should place the list :?:

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    List of trip around Ireland

    by hugoj_air » Tue Aug 17, 2004 9:54 pm

    Trip around Ireland 1st to 5th Aug 2004

    Two of us, Ian Thompson from Armagh and myself, Hugo Wilhare from
    Donegal made the trip by road. Covering a total of 825 miles.
    The tour started at Dromod mail line railway station, Co Leitrim, where
    alongside the Cavan & Leitrim Steam and Motor Museum, is the
    Aviation collection of the South East Aviation Enthusiasts Group run by
    among others, Phil Bedford, a mine of information on bits and pieces of
    aircraft throughtout Ireland. He is always interested in any details about
    aircraft in Ireland, in particular those in non flying condition.

    Day 1
    Dromod Sun 1st Aug 2004
    open storage
    IAC 184/183 Percival P56 Provost T51 almost complete fuselage of 184 and wings of 183
    VP-BDF Boeing 707-321C cockpit only
    G-AOIE Douglas DC-7C cockpit and front
    fuselage only
    EI-BDM Piper PA-23-250 Aztec D fuselage on trailer
    wings separate
    IAC 192 deHavilland DH115 Vampire T55 fuselage-wings &
    tailbooms separate

    stored in the old steam engine shed
    IAC 173 deHavilland DHC-1 Chipmunk T20 fuselage & wings
    EI-100 SZD-12A Mucha 100A out of sequence
    markings to
    reflect type
    number 100
    G-AKEL Miles M.65 Gemini 1A front cockpit and
    nose section only.
    Silver with blue trim. At first it was thought this section belong to G-ALCS, but further research revealed it as G-AKEL. Which should mean the fuselage in the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
    Hollywood Co Down is in fact G-ALCS. Phil Bedford hopes to use this section and the remains of the Aeries 1 G-AOGA [severely damaged in transit from New Ross, 2002] in order to rebuild a static display aircraft of the Aeries.

    in storage inside verious buses around the site

    BGA1424/XC Slingsby T.8 Tudor undergoing repairs
    ex RA877
    BGA1410 Grunau Baby III
    RA881 Slingsby T.7 Cadet TX.1 ex RAF cockpit only
    EI-139 Slingsby T.31B Tandem Tutor
    G-BJMM Cremer Cracker Toy Balloon in a small bag!!
    NC285RS NA-145 Navion bits and pieces
    only including tail
    fin and part of the
    cockpit section.
    EI-ACP Taylorcraft Plus D Wings only

    There are many pieces of aircraft spread around the site but time restrictions forced us to move on.

    Dromod marine Sun 1st Aug 2004
    While we were at the museum, in the far distance, an amphibian
    aircraft was noted lining up to land on Lough Bofin close to Dromod.
    To far away to even make out the aircraft type.
    Phil Bedford told us that was a normal occurance, with frequent
    visits from the Killaloe based LA.4’s and N210SA Maule (now up
    for sale). A quick look later showed nothing.

    Sligo-Strandhill Sun 1st Aug 2004 17:45 to 19.15
    Very friendly indeed. permission was sought and givin to photograph
    all aircraft on the hangar aprons and inside the hangars. But with strict
    instructions that we were not to enter the Irish Air Corps ASR hangar.
    All the aircraft noted were in active condition, with the exception of

    on passenger apron
    EI-CPT Aerospatiale ATR-42-320 Dublin service on the apron in front of the hangers
    G-JOON Cessna 182D Skylane parachute
    G-SAMM Cessna 340A II RAM
    G-WIFE Cessna R182 Skylane RG II based

    EI-BMU Monnett Sonerai IIL based
    G-BTSP Piper J/3c-65 Cub based
    G-BWJY deHavilland DHC-1 Chipmunk 22 carrying RAF serial WG469
    and colours
    EI-BMN Reims Cessna F152-II still in basic Iona
    colours carrying
    “Flight Training School” titles
    EI-BBC Piper PA-28 Cherokee 180C based
    G-MTUB Thruster TST Mk.1 based for sale
    G-OMDG Hoffmann H-36 Dimona wings folded
    EI-SAC Cessna 172P Skyhawk II based

    on the grass 100m east of the hangers
    G-ECAT Fokker F.27 Friendship Mk 500 RF dam 03.11.2002
    fuselage only. now used by
    the airport firefighters for

    IAC257 Sikorsky S61N 18:56
    based ASR
    EI-BGJ Reims Cessna F.152 II 18:59

    Day 2
    Connaught Regional Airport-Knock Mon 2nd Aug 2004
    Arrived in the middle of a lightning storm and downpore, but that was’nt
    why the apron was totally empty. It was the Irish bank holiday Monday
    morning 10:30 hours. I think if we were there in the afternoon or
    evening it would have been very busy indeed with outgoing traffic.

    Eyre Square Shopping Centre Mon 2nd Aug 2004
    A T.8 Tudor glider was reported as on display in the main entrence.
    It was removed around a year ago (2003) to Ashbourne, north of
    Dublin for restoration by an Aer Lingus BAe 146 pilot – Phil Bedford
    lent him a trailer to move it.

    Fair Green-Galway City Helipad Mon 2nd Aug 2004
    Located just east of the railway station near the Fair Green carpark
    and across the road from the new Radison SAS hotel, are the two
    landing pads, which proved to be empty. A workman nearby thought
    it was connected to the building site across the road. Apperantly it
    was extensively used during the Galway Horse Race Week. It all looks
    very temporary in construction, with a portacabin for the office and the
    steps up to the pads lined with scaffolding poles as handrails.

    Galway-Carnmore Mon 2nd Aug 2004 15:00 to 16:20
    Once again very friendly, but it does help if someone airside knows you
    personally, as was my case. Because of the regular international flights,
    the airport authorities are barred from allowing visitors airside. Photo ID
    of some discription would help. Advance contact might also make a
    difference. But be prepered for a negitive answer. However all aircraft
    on the hangar apron can be read of from the security fence.

    EI-BID Piper PA-18-95 Super Cub based
    EI-DGS Zepher ATEC 2000 based
    OK-FUA-09 Urban-Air UFM-11 Lambada II
    D-KMDP Fornier RF3
    EI-CJR SNCAN Stampe SV-4A based
    EI-BJO Cessna R172K Hawk XP II based

    on the passenger apron

    EI-REF ATR-72-202

    on the hanger apron
    G-AFNG deHavilland DH94 Moth Minor based for sale in immaculate
    EI-BBE Champion 7FC Tri Traveller based Tailwheel
    EI-BIB Reims Cessna F.152
    EI-MCF Cessna 172R Skyhawk
    EI-DGV Zepher ATEC 2000 based newly registered
    fuselage unmarked
    G-AOFJ Auster J/1N Alpha based

    Oranmore-Deerpark Ind Park Mon 2nd Aug 2004 16:30 to 17:00
    Although only in operation for about two years, Executive Helicopters
    are exceptionally busy. The hangar contained no less than eight R.44’s
    in verious stages of preperation. Six of which were awaiting the
    registrations to be applied to the aircraft. I was told that there are plans
    to expand the hangerage to double it’s present size over the next year.
    Again access to the apron and hanger was granted. Very friendly
    people indeed.

    EI-DOC Robinson R.44 Raven I c/n1400
    EI-CZM Robinson R.44 Raven
    EI-EHF Robinson R.44 Raven I c/n 1389
    EI-MOR Robinson R.44 Raven I c/n 1392
    EI-MJR Robinson R.44 Raven II c/n 1391
    EI-GPZ Robinson R.44 Raven I c/n 1388
    EI-JAL Robinson R.44 Raven II
    EI-JFD Robinson R.44 based

    In different area’s outside
    EI-EHG Robinson R.22 Beta II based
    EI-NZO Eurocopter EC120B based EI-TOI
    taped over
    EI-PJW Eurocopter EC120B
    EI-GKL Robinson R.22

    Gort-Derrykeel Mon 2nd Aug 2004 18:25
    Advance contact was made with the owner by phone
    based at this private strip 8k east of Gort is
    G-MTUE Thruster TST Mk1 housed in an open fronted
    shed. Stored
    two X-Air’s were based here recently-no other details

    Day 3
    Shannon Airport Tue 3rd 2004 10:45 to 11:45
    This was our first visit to this airport. We were plesently surprised
    to find excellent public viewing facilities on the second floor of the
    main terminal building, giving a good all round view of the apron
    and the verious distant hangers. A good telescope or binoculars
    is a must.

    Main apron
    N161AT Lockheed L.1011-385 tri Star
    N653US Boeing 767-2B7ER
    EI-EWR Airbus A330-202
    N862DA Boeing 767-232ER
    EI-JFK Airbus A330-201
    EI-CJG Boeing 737-204 ADV
    10040 Boeing C-40B

    Air Atlanta maintance apron
    CS-TLO Boeing 767-383ER Ex SAS dep 06.08.2004 on
    del to Euro Atlantic Airways
    LV-WTY McDonnell Douglas MD-80/90 DLA stored
    N327MR Boeing 767-200 stored
    EI-CXK Boeing 737-4S3 white

    Thanks to Trevor Mulkerrins via Irish Spotters for sorting out the
    above stored aircraft for us. Thanks Trevor.

    Light aircraft park
    EI-BPL Reims Cessna F.172K Skyhawk based
    G-AVAU Piper PA-30-160B Twin Commanche
    HB-EJW Beech B36TC Bonanza

    Cargo area
    G-CEXJ Airbus A300B4-203F
    G-BIKS Boeing 757-236F

    Westair apron
    RA-74016 Antonov An-74
    EI-WJN Bae HS125 Srs 700A based

    EC-CFA Boeing 727-256 Adv derelict

    EI-CSB Boeing 737-8AS 11:01
    G-JEBC Bae 146-300 11:41
    G-BYRV deHavilland DHC 8-311B Dash 8 11:45

    Radison SAS Hotel Tue 3rd Aug 2004 12:00
    North side of the N18 road on approach to Limerick city, close to the
    county boundry with Co clare. The following was noted on the helipad.
    N222WX Bell 222A reg date 24.06.2004

    Coonagh Tue 3rd Aug 2004 12:05 to 12:35
    Club members here gave us permission to enter the apron and hanger
    to get our photographs. Very friendly.

    N172AM Cessna 172M Skyhawk II part time based between here
    and Brittas House
    EI-BNU SOCATA MS880B Rallye Club based
    EI-BHY SOCATA Rallye 100ST based

    G-MZFA Cyclone AX2000 based
    EI-DDD Aeronca 7AC Champion based
    G-BXZT SOCATA MS880B Rallye Club based
    EI-BMJ SOCATA MS880B Rallye 100T based
    EI-CIZ Microbolt Skybolt based
    EI-DDD Aeronca 7AC Champion
    EI-BFP SOCATA MS880B Rallye 100ST based
    EI-BYX Champion 7 GCAA based
    All the above appeared in active condition
    EI-BCH SOCATA MS892A-150 Rallye Commodore wings only
    EI-CJV Moskito 2 based fuslage only

    Blackwater Tue 3rd Aug 2004
    Prior permission had been obtained by phone
    Based at this private strip north of Limerick are the following
    EI-BJC Aeronca 7AC Champion
    G-MYLD Rans S-6ESD Coyote II

    Brittas House Tue 3rd Aug 2004
    This private strip near Limerick city, is the base for Pacnet, which
    operates three Cessna aircraft. Again prior permission by phone was
    Present on our visit were
    N6593W Cessna P210N Allison 400 HP Turbine based
    ? Rans S7 under construction
    of the two other Cessna’s based here
    N172AM was noted at Coonagh earlier in the day and was
    again noted o/h Blackwater en route Abbeyshrule
    N182PN Cessna 182R was at Abbeyshrule undergoing
    maintaince all three share their based time between
    here and Coonagh

    Dolla Tues 3rd Aug 2004
    The owner of this strip near Dolla, was contacted in advance.
    Once again very friendly and very helpful.

    Based here and active is
    EI-BCP Druine D.62B Condor In excellent condition and
    housed in it own hangar.
    EI-BLB SNCAN Stampe SV-4B The remains of the Stampe
    are stored in a shed nearby

    Toomyvara Tue 3rd Aug 2004
    A phone call in advance cleared the way for a visit to this strip, to the
    north of Toomyvara. Since my last visit two years ago, this location
    has undergone a major upgrade in hangarage. Now sporting a large
    unit capable of holding about 12 aircraft. As the grass strip here is just
    367m long it’s only suitable for STOL type aircraft or microlights.

    in hangar 1
    G-AGVN Auster J/1 Autocrat based active

    in hangar 2
    G-ASUI Beagle A.61 Terrier 2 based active

    Present in the new hangar were
    EI-BCS SOCATA MS880B Rallye 100T Awaiting
    G-BTFK Taylorcraft BC-12D based active
    PH-SMD Piper PA-32-300Cherokee 6 After it’s accident at Brittas
    House airstrip on 22.07.2003
    the PA-32 was roaded to this
    site. Awaiting repairs.
    Between 29.04 and 10.07.2003 this Chreokee 6
    PH-SMD completed a round the world flight in aid of
    charity. All donations were to go directly to the
    Marie Keating Foundation.
    EI-BGC Morane Saulnier 880B Rallye Club tail fin only

    Day 4
    Kilrush Wed 4th Aug 2004 12:00
    When we arrrived at the airfield we had expected some activity, but it
    was very quite. The only person we could find was a gardner cutting
    grass nearby. We then asked if there was anybody around who
    could give permission to enter the apron and hangars. He said there
    was’nt, but could see no reason why not. We were surprised to find
    all the hangers opened. Present were:

    On the grass just west of the control tower
    EI-BIT SOCATA MS.887 Rallye 125 l ooking very
    almost stripped of all usable parts, including the
    engine. Still on it’s U/c and tyres were fully inflated
    EI-BVK Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk Minus prop and spinner,
    otherwise intact

    Hangar 1 east of the tower
    EI-BSB Wassmer Jodel D.112 based
    G-AWMN Phoenix Luton LA.4A Minor based
    G-RVIB Vans RV-6 Active
    G-IVAL CAP 10B based
    G-CWOT Phoenix Currie Wot based
    G-BEMM Slingsby Cadet III Active
    G-BSHK Kitfox 2 Active
    G-BUXV Piper Super Pacer Damaged

    Hangar 2 west of threshold of runway 19
    EI-DBI Raj Hamsa X-Air Falcon Mk2 based still to be completed, no
    instrument panel
    ????? Pegasus Quik unmarked
    microlight pod,
    wing folded in storage case
    EI-AYY Evans VP-1 Active
    G-CCPB Mainair Sports Blade 912 Active
    G-MYDM Whittaker MW-6S Fat Boy Active
    G-AVZX SOCATA MS.880B Rallye Club based
    EI-MUR Robinson R.22 Beta based
    N3109X Cessna 152 based
    G-PITS Pits S-2AE Special severe damage to starboard
    upper wing, starboard
    elevator and tail plane
    G-MTXL Nobel Hardiman Snowbird Mk.IV
    G-BWKJ Rans S7 Courier Active
    EI-BDL Evans VP-2 based
    EI-AYR Schliecher ASK 16 based

    Hangar 3 beside H2 close to runway
    EI-BYL Heinz Zenith CH-250 based
    EI-BCN Piper J/3C-65-Cub Active
    G-BMZX Wolf W-II Boredom Fighter Active
    EI-BCL Cessna 182P Skylane II Active
    EI-BBV Piper J/3C-65-Cub Active carries U.S. Army
    Serial No. 44-80762 and

    G-ARWO Cessna 172C Skyhawk based
    G-BXDP deHavilland DHC-1 Chipmunk 22 based
    EI-CFF Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser Active
    G-AVSE Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee C looks Active
    N21UH Hiller UH-12 Active new

    unless otherwise stated all the above aircraft were active

    at the rear of the two new hangar’s is a garden with outdoor
    tables and chairs in a very plesent area, including a fountain.
    It would be a very relaxing place to sit and watch the activity,
    even better if runway 19 is the active.

    Gowran Grange Wed 4th Aug 2004 14:10
    Luckily, we timed our arrival with that of the keyholder, who was
    very helpful with information on the contents of the hanger.
    All except the Silent based.

    in paint shop
    EI-133 Schleicher K8B dismantled undergoing minor
    WZ762 Slingsby T.38 Grasshopper TX.1 airframe hanging on wall -
    wings & tail in loft
    EI-143 Schleicher ASK13
    EI-108 Schleicher K8B
    EI-150 Schleicher ASK-21
    EI-112 Schleicher ASK13
    EI-140 SZD-12A Mucha 100A
    EI-120 LET L-13 Blanik
    EI-102 Slingsby T.26 Kite 2
    EI-128 Schleicher Ka6CR based in trailer
    I-6069 Silent motor glider Itialian reg roaded in
    to fly unusual single bladed prop with
    counter balance
    EI-102 Slingsby T.61 Kite 2 Stored in loft
    EI-BIK Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub based
    G-AVOO Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub based

    There are about 20 trailers here, each containing a glider.
    some of the contants
    EI-128 Schleicher Ka 6CR based
    EI-136 Schleicher ASK 18 based
    EI-111 Schleicher Ka 6CR based
    EI-123 B?lkow Phoebus C inside damaged wooden trailer

    Newcastle Co Wicklow Wed 4th Aug 2004 16:40
    We were surprised to find this airfield closed and locked. I
    assmed as it has a maintaince area, it would be opened,
    maybe it was holiday time.

    Weston Wed 4th Aug 2004 18:35 to 19:30
    Very busy airfield as usual. But not too busy for people like
    ourselves, trying to follow our hobby. The staff here could’nt
    be more helpful. With access granted we noted the following:

    car park area
    EI-BBJ SOCATA M.S. 880B Rallye Club 100ST based
    open storage
    EI-BMB SOCATA M.S. 880B Rallye Club 100T based
    open storage

    Maintenance Hangar
    EI-CIN Cessna 150K based
    EI-BAT Reims/ Cessna F.150M based

    in the reconstructed hangars near the old entrance
    G-BSZC Beech C-45H-BH Expeditor based
    N132CK Cessna 421A based
    G-OSPS Piper PA-18-95 Super Cub based
    also carrying marks 51-15555 & USAF markings
    G-JCUB Piper PA-18-135 Super Cub based
    N4575C Grumman G 21A Goose based
    following accident, engines on maintenance
    EI-CIG Piper PA-18 Super Cub 150 based
    EI-BIV Bellanca 8KCAB Super Decathlon based

    on the hangar aprons
    EI-TBM SOCATA TBM-700 based
    N717HL Beechcraft 58P Baron
    N500CS Beechcraft 200 King Air based
    EI-CNM Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain based

    “new” hanger
    EI-BSL Piper PA-34-220T-3 Seneca based
    EI-BOE SOCATA TB.10 Tobago based
    EI-BUA Cessna 172M Skyhawk II based
    EI-BUT SOCATA M.S.893A Rallye Commodore 180 Galaren
    EI-BSK SOCATA TB.9 Rallye Tampico based
    EI-BMI SOCATA TB.9 Rallye Tampico based

    behind hangars
    G-BTVV Reims Cessna FA.337G Super Skymaster

    private land behind hangars
    N9146N Cessna 401B RAM based
    WFU corrosion in main spar

    apron area near fuel pumps
    EI-EGG Robinson R.44 Raven based
    G-MGAN Robinson R-44 Astro

    helicopter parking area
    EI-DDA Robinson R.44 Ravan II based
    EI-DDB Eurocopter EC.120B based
    EI-GAV Robinson R.22 Beta II based
    EI-HXM Bell Textron 206B Jet Ranger II
    EI-CZP Schweizer 269 C-1 based
    G-WSEC Enstrom F-28C based
    EI-CZL Schweizer 269 C-1 based
    EI-OBJ Robinson R.22 Beta II based
    EI-CWR Robinson R.22 Beta II based
    EI-DDI Schweizer 269 C-1 based
    G-BPLZ Hughes 369HS

    light aircraft grass parking area
    EI-SKS Robin R2160 based
    G-BYFD Grob 115A
    G-SBMO Robin R2160 I based
    EI-GSM Cessna 182S Sklylane
    EI-CRX SOCATA TB-9 Tampico Club based
    EI-CAC Grob G.115A based
    EI-CAD Grob G.115A based
    G-AYJA Jodel DR.1050 Ambassadeur
    G-BYFD Grob G.115A
    EI-BUH Lake LA.4-200 Buccaneer
    EI-BJM Cessna A.152 Aerobat based
    EI-BYG SOCATA TB.9 Tampico Club based
    EI-STT Cessna 172M based
    EI-BSC Cessna F.172N Skyhawk based
    EI-CHM Cessna F150M based
    EI-CAE Grob G.115A based
    EI-CDV Cessna 150G based
    G-BBTH Reims/Cessna F.172M Skyhawk II for sale
    EI-CCD Grob G.115A
    G-BZGH Reims Cessna F.172N Skyhawk II
    EI-EDR Piper PA-28R Cherokee Arrow based
    D-EJAK Piper PA-28-236 Dakota

    grass area south of heli parking
    EI-BCU SOCATA MS880B Rallye 100T derelict
    EI-BUG SOCATA S10 Diplomate derelict
    EI-CGG Ercoupe 415C derelict

    G-CSIX Piper PA-32-300 Cherokee Six 18:54
    EI-BCK Reims/ Cessna F.172N II Skyhawk based
    EI-BUN Beechcraft 76 Duchess based 19:02
    EI-GSE Reims Cessna F.172M based 19:16
    carries National Flight Centre titles
    EI- CML Cessna 150M based 19:21
    EI-CFP Cessna 172P Skyhawk based 19:27
    G-KFRA Piper PA-32-300 Cherokee Six based 19:27

    When talking to a flying club member, he told us that the major
    construction taking place on the other [nothern] side of the airfield,
    was to be the new terminal plus hangarage area for general
    aviation and when it’s complete all the hangars on this, the
    southern side, would be demolished, because they are too
    close to the newly lenghtened runway. also it's hoped to install
    a VOR at the airfield.

    Day 5
    Westpoint-Dublin Airport Thurs 5th Aug 2004
    We decided to give the main airport a miss and concentrate on the
    lesser known area’s. Westpoint is the Irish Helicopter’s main base
    on the southern edge of the airport. The member of staff we spoke
    to was very plesent, but told us that visitors were not allowed airside
    access, because it’s within the airport boundry.
    We managed to note a few heli’s from the security fence.

    on apron
    EI-BLD Bolkow MBB Bo.105DB based
    EI-DBN Bell 407
    G-BMAV Aerospatiale AS350B Ecureuil
    EI-CGQ Aerospatiale AS350B Ecureuil
    EI-LIT MBB Bo105S based Cork
    EI-CUG Bell 206B Jet Ranger II

    West Airport Light Aircraft parking area Thurs 5th Aug 2004
    very limited viewing as we were’nt sure where the best spot/s
    G-BING Reims / Cessna F.172P Skyhawk based
    N125GP Learjet 31A based
    EI-CMB Piper PA-28 Cherokee 140

    Knocksadan Thurs 5th Aug 2004
    This site was set up as the main base for Celtic Helicopters. About
    3k north of the new Dublin airport control tower. The lady we asked,
    checked with the maintaince staff, but they were very busy and
    could’nt accommodate us. She suggested we go to the side gate
    and take photo’s and notes from there. Which we did.

    apron area
    EI-JBC Agusta A109A based
    EI-SBM Agusta A109E based
    EI-CWH Agusta A109E
    EI-GAN Bell 407
    EI-BIJ Agusta-Bell AB-206B JetRanger 2 based

    Trim Thurs 5th Aug 2004
    Again luck was on our side, as the airfield owner Pat Murphy was
    just finishing lifting silage from the sides of the airstrip when we
    arrived, unannounced I might add. We asked if we could have a
    look in the hangar. No problem at all and we were in.

    At the clubhouse
    EI-DDC Reims Cessna F172M based
    EI-AYK Reims Cessna F172M Skyhawk II based
    G-CCFI Piper PA-32-260 Cherokee Six based
    EI-POD Cessna 177B Cardinal based
    G-BNMO Cessna R182 Skylane RG II based

    in hangar
    EI-BCM Piper J/3C-65-Cub based
    EI-CUT Maule MX 7-180A based
    G-MZIB Pegasus Quantum 15 based
    G-MWHX Solar Wings Pegasus XL-Q based
    EI-SAT Steen Skybolt based
    EI-CCF Aeronca 11AC Chief based
    EI-BAJ SNCAN Stampe SV-4C based

    and that was more or less where our trip ended. A very interesting
    tour altogether, where we met many friendly and helpful people. We
    would like to thank everyone who help in any to make this trip a
    very interesting and satisifying tour around the country. A couple of
    points should be made:
    If you are thinking of trying something similar, you should use the
    largest scale maps you can. I have the O/s 50000 series, which I
    found to be very good, except where new roads have been
    constructed since the maps were produced. All maps show road
    numbers M1, N1 R201 ect, but they are very seldom repeated on
    most roadsigns, in particular the R roads.
    hope you find something of interest in the list.
    Ian Thompson and Hugo Wilhare.
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    by Rallye EIBFP » Tue Aug 17, 2004 10:37 pm

    Wow thats some trip. Glad you found viewing in Shannon good and the lads in Coonagh friendly, EI-BNU is based but has not been flying for some time along with EI-BYX both fine planes. N182PN is also usually present along with the odd helicopter.

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    by hugoj_air » Tue Aug 17, 2004 11:34 pm

    Hi FP,
    Ya, a trip and a half, but worth every mile. The main thing that struck us
    was how friendly everyone was. Even those who refused us entry did so in a plesent way. If I can be of any help in any please ask.
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    by Rallye EIBFP » Wed Aug 18, 2004 11:51 am

    It appears that people in the Aviation world are much friendlier than others. I would have been in Coonagh myself only for I am in Lanzarote at the Moment. Spotters Heaven.

    I was suprised to see you were in Blackwater at Eamon Griffen?s field he flies into Coonagh his planes are cool.

    Fox Papa.
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    by Rallye EIBFP » Wed Aug 18, 2004 12:04 pm

    N222WX may be the helicopter I am on about. The reg could be N666WX or N999WX either, I am not sure. It was white, with a very big reg ?

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