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
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.
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
Also does anyone know the exact location of the 1918 Landing
Ground used by the RAF at the Curragh Camp.
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Not entirely true, about a week ago a military AW139 was on night exercises from the Curragh to Gormanstownhugoj_air wrote:Gormanston has been closed to all aviation activity for about two
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.
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
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