LIST REFERENCE DETAILS
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
A indicates Alternative
spelling. The Corrected spelling is shown as per Ordnance Survey maps,
which does not always correspond with the popular / local spelling.
names are cross-referenced.
possible we prefer to use the name of the townland in which the site is located
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
the actual townland in which the site is located as the primary name.
townland name will be included for reference.
Abbeyshrule 2 is a case in point, named
after the local village while the airfield itself is
in the townland of Cloonbrin, 1.25k NE
of the village.
majority of names on the lists, are in fact townlands.
Kevin Glynn’s excellent VFR Flight Guide Ireland 2006 some of the strip names
of the actual airstrip owner rather than that of the location or townland. In
have added that as a secondary name and includes the townland as the primary name.
townland represents one of the smallest geographical units in
size from a few acres to over 3000 acres. The average size of a townland is
300 and 500 acres.
COUNTY The county in which the site is located.
sites may be named after the nearest town, which in a few cases is not be in
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
only is shown to the right-hand side of the column.
are given in kilometers as a direct line from the centre of the nearest
town to the location,
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,
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
dates, as used mostly by
the flying circus and air display groups of the 1930’s. With probably little or
activity, prior to, after or even in the intervening periods.
GRID REFERENCE Taken directly from O/s maps sheets and
OSI online mapping.
the next few months we intend to increase the grid ref from the present three
figures to five for each
and northerly reading. This will give a more accurate position for the pin on
/ 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
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.
official and unofficial frequencies are listed in the Site Data table, where
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
fact be transferred to a GPS unit for use in locating aviation sites from the
remember there is no guarantee that the grid’s or co-ords used are correct. If
believe some GPS unit’s operate on a slightly different co-ordinate system than
Irish ordnance survey, so you are likely to notice slight discrepancies in
SITE TYPES in
AERODROME Description used, probably since before the First
World War, to describe a location
aside primarily for the use of aeroplanes. In everyday use until 1942, when it
suggested that Winston Churchill decreed that henceforth all “Aerodromes” will
re-titled “Airfield” following the
US entry into the European war.
still use the term “Aerodrome”, more out of nostalgia, rather than for
any hope of
bringing the title back into general use.
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,
to a private site with a single runway, one hanger and training facilities.
private grass strip/s, from which one or more fixed wing aircraft operate.
airstrip’s do have hard landing area’s, such as compacted gravel coated with
a mixture of grass and tarmac, through to full tarmac. No training.
LANDING GROUND Basically, a military landing ground,
strategically positioned so as to receive aircraft
distress, and as a location to land at , when the home base is not available,
FIELD STRIP One
off site, used only a couple of times, mostly before the second world war.
also flying circus reference below.
LANDING GROUND Military version of the
“AIRSTRIP”, also used pre World War Two for some private site’s.
STRIP Location, little used. Not an Aerodrome nor an Airstrip. No
MICROLIGHT AIRSTRIP Similar to airstrip, but generally
with a shorter landing/ take-off grass area, some are not
suitable for standard fixed wing aircraft.
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
marked with a H, to the open grass area,
with no markings, but with multiple
HELISTOP Title was used
for the landing site at NORTH WALL,
(equated to the bus-stop).
thought it would be a more appropriate for the sites that would see just one or
and sometimes never be used again. .
At the time we decided to include helistops in the database, apart
operators like Irish Helicopters and Celtic, there were only about 30 or
private helicopters in the Republic. While in
Northern Ireland, Helicopter
Hire were the main heli providers including a few private operators. Our
that a helistop could turn out to be a helipad even if seldom used and that
in 2006 when we had 130+ privately owned
Irish registered helicopters in the
plus 40-50 in NI and almost as many carrying foreign registrations. Also
number ‘s were increasing every day.
that volume of helicopter traffic it did seem ridiculous to keep adding
the database, but as we have stated above there is always the possibility that
may materilise from a helistop.
Ireland also experienced a similar
in helicopter traffic with the same results
we could not keep up with the vast majority of helistop site’s, as new ones
been created on a daily basis. We can only record those that come to our
(2011) helicopter operations have decreased as dramatically as the economy
so have helistop sites, which eases the problem.
HELIBASE This is my
definition of all military helicopter landing sites, large and small. Title
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
will be titled “MARINE”, and may be on a canal, river, lake, lough or on the
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
or have used, cables or vehicles as
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
to the ship by a winch system and used as lookout points from high
AIRSHIP MOORING-OUT STATION First
World War site used for the holding of and resupply to airships away from their
DECOY SITES Second World War sites
constructed in open country in order to resemble nearby
and to attract enemy action away from the real sites. (these sites have yet to
STARFISH SITES Set up in remote areas
in order to convince enemy night bomber crews that they were
built-up or other strategic locations, used during Second World War. (these
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
as Field strip’s, because at that time the majority of private site’s were
aerodrome’s or landing ground’s. Title’s that seemed inappropriate for site’s
in all probability see very little use.
SITES These sites are normally
suitable unprepared farm fields, with approaches free from
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
As such they are not
required to carry a civil aircraft registration in the
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.
second paramotor type carries the power pack on a frame, which may contain one
two seats and also a wheeled undercarriage . In this configuration the owner is
oblidged to apply for and display
civil aircraft registration on the aircraft. Not
sure if the (Irish) IAA
also have such a requirement.
database was set up in this manner so as to accommodate sites of ANY description
to aviation in