Bray Aircraft profile Day 7 – Irish Air Corps

Day 7 of our ‪#‎BrayAirDisplay‬ aircraft profile is the Irish Air Corps.

The Air Corps (Irish: An tAerchór) is the air component of the Defence Forces of Ireland.Through a fleet of fixed and rotary wing aircraft, it provides military support to the Army and Naval Service, together with non-military air services such as Garda air support, air ambulance, fisheries protection and the Ministerial Air Transport Service. The primary airbase is Casement Aerodrome located at Baldonnel, County Dublin.

The Irish Air Corrps display PC9 and CASA aircraft mostly.

The main flying wings of the Irish Air Corps are

No. 1 Operations Wing carries out all fixed wing tasks and operations assigned to the Air Corps. The wing is sub divided into six separate operational squadrons, each fulfilling its own specific roles. The wing currently operates a total of ten aircraft. In addition, the wing is responsible for first line maintenance of all aircraft assigned to it.

No. 3 Operations Wing carries out all rotary wing tasks and operations assigned to the Air Corps. The wing is sub divided into three separate operational squadrons, each fulfilling its own specific roles.
The wing currently operates a total of eight aircraft, with six Augusta Westland AW139’s and two Eurocopter EC-135’s. In addition, the wing is responsible for first line maintenance of all aircraft assigned to it.

THE AIRCRAFT

Irish Air Corps Pilatus PC-9

The Pilatus PC-9 is a single-engine, low-wing tandem-seat turboprop training aircraft manufactured by Pilatus Aircraft of Switzerland. Designed as a more powerful evolution of the Pilatus PC-7.

The PC9 first flew in 1984 and entered service for the Irish Air Corps in 2004 with the latest ‘M’ varient of the aircraft. The PC-9M is equipped with a comprehensive, fully tandem-capable VFR/IFR avionics package for navigation, communication and identification, using state of the art equipment. And the Irish Air Corps have 7 PC9 aircraft currently.

As of 2016, 265 PC9 aircraft have been made.

 

CASA CN235

The Air Corps currently operates two Casa CN 235 Maritime Patrol Aircraft. These aircraft entered service in 1994 and operate seven days a week usually in the off shore maritime patrol arena. Working in close conjunction with the Naval Service, the two Casa CN 235 provide an aerial platform for patrolling the Irish Economic Zone, an area of approximately 132,000 square miles or 16% of the total EU sea fisheries.

The CASA/IPTN CN-235 is a medium-range twin-engined transport aircraft that was jointly developed by Construcciones Aeronáuticas SA (CASA) of Spain and Indonesian manufacturer IPTN, as a regional airliner and military transport. Its primary military roles include maritime patrol, surveillance, and air transport.

The CASA first flew in 1983 and the varient the Irish Air Corps have has 6 hardpoints to carry AM-39 Exocet-Missiles or Mk.46-Torpedoes.

Other IAC Aircraft

The Irish Air Corps also operate 6 AW139 Helicopters, Eurocopter EC135 P2 Helicopters as well as some T2 Vareients of the EC135. 5 Cessna 172H. a Learjet 45 for ministerial transport and Pilatus Britten Norman Defender aircraft.

All information has been sourced from various sites including the Iirsh Air Corps website. PC9 photo from IAC website and CASA photo from ourselves at Newcastle 2015.

Come back tomorrow for 2 #BrayAirDisplay aircraft profiles as we are now in the final countdown to Bray 2016!

Northern Ireland & Ireland Airshows's photo.
Northern Ireland & Ireland Airshows's photo.

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