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              NAME/s          P  indicates Primary name. The Primary Name section will include all known technical details.

                                    S  indicates Secondary or Subsequent name/s and will direct you to the

                                                      Primary Name plus ID number for that location. 

                                    A indicates Alternative spelling. The Corrected spelling is shown as per Ordnance Survey maps, 

                                                which does not always correspond with the popular / local  spelling. 

                                    ALL names are cross-referenced.        

                                                Where possible we prefer to use the name of the townland in which the site is located as

                                                the primary site name, unless the site is on a named location within the townland such as

                                                a House, Castle or other, then that will be used as the primary name.

                                                Some locations are so well known by their current title, it would be of little benefit to

                                                use the actual townland in which the site is located as the primary name. However the

                                                townland name will be included for reference.

                                                Abbeyshrule 2 is a case in point, named after the local village while the airfield itself is

                                                actually in the townland of Cloonbrin, 1.25k  NE of the village.

                                                The majority of names on the lists, are in fact townlands.


                                                In Kevin Glynn’s excellent VFR Flight Guide Ireland 2006 some of the strip names given are

                                                those of the actual airstrip owner rather than that of the location or townland. In those cases

                                                we have added that as a secondary name and includes the townland as the primary name.


                                                A townland represents one of the smallest geographical units in Ireland, and can vary

                                                in size from a few acres to over 3000 acres. The average size of a townland is probably

                                                between 300 and 500 acres.


            COUNTY           The county in which the site is located.

                                                Some sites may be named after the nearest town, which in a few cases is not be in the

                                                same county, but located across the boundry of the next county.


            NEAREST TOWN          Where the precise location is unknown, the site is named after the nearest  town and that

                                    name only is shown to the right-hand side of the column.

                                    Distances are given in kilometers as a direct line from the centre of the nearest town to the location,

                                    on the compass bearings shown.


            DATES All dates are shown as follows: Day, Month and the full year, ie: 07.05.1989- [7th May 1989]

                        The left side of the date column shows the first opening or the first recorded use date.

                        A full date, only on the left hand side of the column, represents a known recorded use of the site, although

                        not necessarily the first use.  The right side shows the final use or final closing date.


                        Some sites appear to have definitive opening and closing dates. They are in fact, known, first and final 

                        dates, as used mostly by the flying circus and air display groups of the 1930’s. With probably little or no

                        aviation activity, prior to, after or even in the intervening periods.


            GRID REFERENCE       Taken directly from O/s maps sheets and OSI online mapping.

                        Over the next few months we intend to increase the grid ref from the present three figures to five for each

                        easterly and northerly reading. This will give a more accurate position for the pin on Google maps.


            LATITUDE / LONGITUDE Also taken directly from O/s maps. And are shown as Degrees -Minutes -Decimal Seconds. 

                        [60 degrees – 60 minutes- 100 seconds] Also use is made of a co-ordinate converter, which converts

                        Irish ordnance survey grid reference into latitude / longitude and vise versa.

                        Both Grid Ref and Lat / Long are centred on the centre of the active area, i.e:  the runway, helipad or any

                        other area which would be regarded as the active area on passed and present sites. 


            TYPE   Primary site use.        



                        Both official and unofficial frequencies are listed in the Site Data table, where known.


            Please note: The database is not suitable for use as a Navigational Aid in the location

            of aviation sites. It is primarily set out for use by road only. The grid reference and

            co-ordinates are taken directly from ordnance survey maps for each site, they could

            in fact be transferred to a GPS unit for use in locating aviation sites from the air.

            But remember there is no guarantee that the grid’s or co-ords used are correct. If fact

            we believe some GPS unit’s operate on a slightly different co-ordinate system than does

            the Irish ordnance survey, so you are likely to notice slight discrepancies in co-ordinate






            SITE TYPES in IRELAND


            AERODROME                           Description used, probably since before the First World War, to describe a location

                                                            set aside primarily for the use of aeroplanes. In everyday use until 1942, when it

                                                            was suggested that Winston Churchill decreed that henceforth all “Aerodromes” will

                                                            be re-titled “Airfield” following the US entry into the European war. Some publications

                                                            still use the term “Aerodrome”, more out of nostalgia, rather than for any hope of

                                                            bringing the title back into general use.


                AIRPORT                                 Civil passenger and freight operations. Some airports also support military bases.


            AIRFIELD                                 Since 1942, the title “Airfield” can discribe any site from a large military aviation base,

                                                            rightdown to a private site with a single runway, one hanger and training facilities.


            AIRSTRIP                                 Usually, private grass strip/s, from which one or more fixed wing aircraft operate.

                                                            Some airstrip’s do have hard landing area’s, such as compacted gravel coated with

                                                            grass, a mixture of grass and tarmac, through to full tarmac. No training.


            EMERGENCY LANDING GROUND  Basically, a military landing ground, strategically positioned so as to receive aircraft

                                                            in distress, and as a location to land at , when the home base is not available, for any



            FIELD STRIP                            One off site, used only a couple of times, mostly before the second world war.

                                                            See also flying circus reference below.


            LANDING GROUND                   Military version of the “AIRSTRIP”, also used pre World War Two for some private site’s.


            LANDING STRIP                       Location, little used. Not an Aerodrome nor an Airstrip. No Facilities.



            MICROLIGHT AIRSTRIP           Similar to airstrip, but generally with a shorter landing/ take-off grass area, some are not

                                                            suitable for standard fixed wing aircraft.


            MODEL FLYING SITE               Some operators prefer to use  “Radio Controlled” rather than “Model” for the site type.


            TEMPORARY LANDING GROUND  As the title states a temporary version-of the military landing ground.


            BEACH STRIP                          This term is used for ANY aviation activity on sand.


            HANG-GLIDER / PARAGLIDER SITE Self explanatory.


            HEILPORT                                Civil passenger and freight operations and/or a full helicopter maintenance facility.


            HELIPAD                                  This title covers many private sites, from those with dedicated hard landing areas

                                                            and marked with a  H, to the open grass area, with no markings, but with multiple

                                                            helicopter activity.


            HELISTOP                                Title was used for the landing site at NORTH WALL, Dublin, (equated to the bus-stop).

                                                            we thought it would be a more appropriate for the sites that would see just one or two

                                                            visitors, and sometimes never be used again. .

                                                            At the time we decided to include helistops in the database, apart from the

                                                            commercial operators like Irish Helicopters and Celtic, there were only about  30 or

                                                            so private helicopters in the Republic. While in Northern Ireland, Helicopter Training

                                                            and Hire were the main heli providers including a few private operators. Our thinking

                                                            was that a helistop could turn out to be a helipad even if seldom used and that still

                                                            stood in 2006  when we had 130+ privately owned Irish registered helicopters in the

                                                            Republic, plus 40-50 in NI and almost as many carrying foreign registrations. Also

                                                            those number ‘s were increasing every day.


                                                            With that volume of helicopter traffic it did seem ridiculous to keep adding helistops

                                                            to the database, but as we have stated above there is always the possibility that a

                                                            helipad may materilise from a helistop. Northern Ireland also experienced a similar

                                                            increase in helicopter traffic with the same results

                                                            Obviously we could not keep up with the vast majority of helistop site’s, as new ones

                                                            were been created on a daily basis. We can only record those that come to our


                                                            Today (2011) helicopter operations have decreased as dramatically as the economy

                                                            and so have helistop sites, which eases the problem.


            HELIBASE                                This is my definition of all military helicopter landing sites, large and small. Title used

                                                            to show that it is a military site only and does not reflect its size.  


            MARINE                                   Area of water based aviation. All private, civilian and military water based aviation

                                                            activity will be titled “MARINE”, and may be on a canal, river, lake, lough or on the

                                                            open sea

                                                            around the Irish coast.


            BALLOON BASE                      Home location of the balloon, and probably not a launch site.


            BALLOON LAUNCH SITE         Self explanatory.


            FREE FALL PARACHUTE         Special landing area used by parachutists. Can be located on or off-airfield.

            DROP ZONE (FFPDZ)


           GLIDER FIELD/AIRSTRIP/SITE Location of glider activity. Some sites operate powered aircraft as tugs, while others use,

                                                                        or have used, cables or vehicles as launch systems


            AIRSHIP PATROL STATION     First World War military airships site.


            KITE BALLOON STATION         First World War kite balloons were inflated at these sites, and transferred to military

                                                            warships,attached to the ship by a winch system and used as lookout points from high

                                                            above the deck.


            AIRSHIP MOORING-OUT STATION First World War site used for the holding of and resupply to airships away from their

                                                            base stations.  


            DECOY SITES                          Second World War sites constructed in open country in order to resemble nearby

                                                            airfields and to attract enemy action away from the real sites. (these sites have yet to

                                                            be added)


            STARFISH SITES                     Set up in remote areas in order to convince enemy night bomber crews that they were

                                                            attacking built-up or other strategic locations, used during Second World War. (these

                                                            sites have yet to be added)


            FLYING CIRCUS SITES             We have also referred to the sites, used by the flying circus and display groups of  the

                                                            1930’s, as Field strip’s, because at that time the majority of private site’s were known

                                                            as aerodrome’s or landing ground’s. Title’s that seemed inappropriate for site’s that

                                                            would in all probability see very little use. 


            PARAMOTOR SITES                These sites are normally suitable unprepared farm fields, with approaches free from

                                                            obstacles. All take off’s and landings are obviously into wind. At least 100m of a clear

                                                           level run is required with no obstacles for safe operations.


                                                            Paramoter aircraft come in at least two different types. The first has a power pack

                                                           strapped on the back of the operator and when the parachute deploys, is foot launched.

                                                            As such they are not required to carry a civil aircraft registration in the UK. These

                                                           aircraft are also exempted from registration in the Republic. Initially the sites we have

                                                           placed on the database are primarily related to this type of paramotor.


                                                            The second paramotor type carries the power pack on a frame, which may contain one

                                                            or two seats and also a wheeled undercarriage . In this configuration the owner is

                                                           oblidged  to apply for and display the UK civil aircraft registration on the aircraft. Not

                                                            sure if the (Irish) IAA also have such a requirement.


            OTHER SITES                          The database was set up in this manner so as to accommodate sites of  ANY description

                                                            related to aviation in Ireland.


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