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    A quote from page 29.

    "the air corps is tasked with protecting the integrity of Irish territorial airspace and with providing air support to army operations. It provides the capability to conduct aerial surveillance and reconnaissance and to maintain an armed aerial presence in a low threat environment. It also provides a limited airlift capability, monitors air activities and demonstrates rights of passage.

    "The lack of air intercept capability has been identified and is currently under consideration".

    Interesting eh?

    PS: report released to public today.

  • #2
    Sounds good, but it could also just be something they said to shut people up complaining about it.

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    • #3
      I am currently considering buying a power boat, Building a new house and Getting married.
      All I need is the Money and a woman...
      Fail to prepare....prepare to FAIL!

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      • #4
        "the air corps is tasked with protecting the integrity of Irish territorial airspace and with providing air support to army operations. It provides the capability to conduct aerial surveillance and reconnaissance and to maintain an armed aerial presence in a low threat environment. It also provides a limited airlift capability, monitors air activities and demonstrates rights of passage.

        Hold on lads , I did a language course! Translated, the above passage means

        "we the Air Corps have a buck-shee copy of microsoft Combat Flight Sim. We play it often.

        I'm sorry, even with my linguistic skills, I cannot translate "demonstrates rights of passage".

        Lurk.

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        • #5
          It's like if you have a right of way in the ground. You have to walk along it every so often to demonstrate your continued claim to it.
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          With 50,000 men getting killed a week, who's going to miss a pigeon?

          Guns don't kill people, bullets kill people.

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          • #6
            It's on.. http://www.military.ie/

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            • #7
              Thank's yellowjacket, my interpretation / translation is then;

              "we went there on holidays, ah well, really? we actually only looked at it in the brochure, but it looks great"!

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              • #8
                http://www.rte.ie/news/2003/0618/6news/6news56_6a.smil


                Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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                • #9
                  The interim round up of activity in the IAC released last week stated the IAC had delivered over 6200 missionjs in 2010. Given that the larger fixed wing types eg MATS dont go up as often as the other units and an overall compliment of 27 aircraft is it fair to accept some aircraft are up daily esp whem training and maintenace and keeping current ops are added to the above.

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                  • #10
                    If an average PC-9 is being flown for 90 minutes twice or three times a day, then that racks up a lot of "missions". Given that one flight to the USA for the GIV would fund the equivalent of twenty PC-9 flights, then the round total of missions listed is essentially vague and a bit of a catch-all. Some flights have a greater value than others, both to the AC in general and the State in particular.
                    regards
                    GttC

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                    • #11
                      Thanks,it seems that all routine flights are all classed as "missions" which appears a bit self serving.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by danno View Post
                        The interim round up of activity in the IAC released last week stated the IAC had delivered over 6200 missionjs in 2010. Given that the larger fixed wing types eg MATS dont go up as often as the other units and an overall compliment of 27 aircraft is it fair to accept some aircraft are up daily esp whem training and maintenace and keeping current ops are added to the above.
                        Originally posted by GoneToTheCanner View Post
                        If an average PC-9 is being flown for 90 minutes twice or three times a day, then that racks up a lot of "missions". Given that one flight to the USA for the GIV would fund the equivalent of twenty PC-9 flights, then the round total of missions listed is essentially vague and a bit of a catch-all. Some flights have a greater value than others, both to the AC in general and the State in particular.
                        regards
                        GttC
                        Originally posted by danno View Post
                        Thanks,it seems that all routine flights are all classed as "missions" which appears a bit self serving.
                        A mission could be 30 minutes or 10 hours depends on the mission and the aircraft. An AC mission may be to bring a sick person from Baldonnel to London or to conduct a maritime patrol. A NS mission could be to patrol a specific area or board a specific vessel. They are hard to compare.

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                        • #13
                          In the AC missions equate to flights. Therefore even a training flight in a 172 is considered a 'Mission'. If you want to see what the AC are actually doing mission wise have a look at the ATCP / MARpat etc mission hours and flights. This is the actual service provision or 'mission' for the State. Its a hell of a lot less then 6000+ missions.

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