Weston Airport

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Weston Airport

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Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerBrian Conneely & Co.
OperatorWeston Airport Ltd.
ServesDublin
LocationLeixlip, County Kildare / Lucan, Dublin
Time zoneGMT (UTC±00:00)
 • Summer (DST)IST (UTC+01:00)
Elevation AMSL155 ft / 47 m
Coordinates53°21′08″N 6°29′18″W / 53.35222°N 6.48833°W / 53.35222; -6.48833 (Weston Airport)Coordinates: 53°21′08″N 6°29′18″W / 53.35222°N 6.48833°W / 53.35222; -6.48833 (Weston Airport)
WebsiteOfficial website
Map
EIWT is located in Dublin
EIWT
EIWT
Location of Weston Airport, west of Dublin
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 924 + Stopway 457 = 1,381 3,030 Asphalt
Source: Irish AIS[1]

Weston Airport, also called Dublin Weston Airport, is a publicly licensed general aviation Irish airport serving Dublin and its environs. It is located between Leixlip, County Kildare, and Lucan, DublinNM (15 km; 9.2 mi)[1] west of Dublin. Its traffic is primarily private and commercial flight training as well as business/executive.

The runway lies across the border between Counties Kildare and Dublin. The facility is located on the Dublin side of the line. The Airport Operator's mailing address is in Lucan.[2]

History[edit]

Weston Ltd De Havilland Dragon Rapide on a charter flight from Weston at Liverpool Airport in 1949

Weston Aerodrome was founded in 1931 (licensed circa 1937) by Darby Kennedy (1915-2016), who, from 1946, operated a de Havilland Dragon and several Dragon Rapide aircraft commercially from the Weston flying field, operated under the name Weston Ltd. The charter flights took the biplane airliners to airfields across the United Kingdom. The commercial flight operation ceased in the late 1950s.[3]

Darby Kennedy in 1956

Also operated from the airfield was a flying school, Leinster Aero Club[4] for private pilots with several de Havilland Tiger Moth trainer biplanes, an Auster 5J/1 Autocrat high-wing monoplane and from 1960 two Morane-Saulnier-Rallye four-seater low-winged aeroplanes. The club now operates one training aircraft, a Robin HR 200 EI-YLG, which is fully IFR equipped. The airport was upgraded from a grass runway in the 1980s when a tarmac runway was laid. The main terminal was completed in 2005 along with the control tower and other services.

Developed over many years by Jim Mansfield, the airport was taken over by the National Asset Management Agency in 2011.[5]

Today[edit]

In 2015, over 40 aircraft were based at Weston. The airport has 15 direct employees with another 100 indirect jobs arising from airport tenancies and related activities.[citation needed]

Popular culture[edit]

Several air displays have been held at the airport, and in 1966 Weston was used in filming the World War I air combat film, The Blue Max. The aircraft ground scenes were shot at the airfield, which is not to be confused with RAF Weston-on-the-Green, in England, which has no tarmac runway. It was also used for filming 1971's "Von Richthofen and Brown": Richard Bach, author of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, was one of the film's stunt pilots, and wrote about some of his experiences at Weston during its production.[6]

Location and facilities[edit]

The airport lies between Celbridge and Lucan, just off Exit 5 on the M4 motorway, on the R403 regional road. It is located on approximately 250 acres (1.0 km2) of land and incorporates about 9,000 m2 (97,000 sq ft) of operations buildings, an air traffic control tower, and three large aircraft hangars. There is a restaurant and conference room. An aviation academy is currently[when?] under construction. The main flight school which operates from the airfield also has a Boeing 737 flight simulator, which is open for use by the public.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b EIWT – WESTON (PDF). AIP and charts from the Irish Aviation Authority.
  2. ^ "Latitude & Longitude of a Point", itouchmap.com; accessed 8 May 2018.
  3. ^ Merton Jones A.C., British Independent Airlines since 1946, Merseyside Aviation Society, 1977; ISBN 0-902420-10-0.
  4. ^ http://www.leinsteraeroclub.com/
  5. ^ NAMA's Weston airport starting to turn around as buyer sought, Irish Independent, 20 September 2011.
  6. ^ Richard Bach, "I Shot Down the Red Baron, and So What" in "A Gift of Wings", Dell Reissue 1989, First edition 1974; Kindle pp. 23, 27 and 29 ISBN 0-440-20432-1

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