The Skies Are Safe



Casement Aerodrome, County Dublin

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney mark the arrival via Switzerland and Denver of three new Pilatus PC-12 NG Spectre Aircraft for the Irish Air Corp.

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61 thoughts on “The Skies Are Safe

  1. goldenbrown

    hm. 3x turboprop passenger planes. it seems an oddball aircraft to buy in. what is their purpose I wonder? the expeditious removal of failed asylum seekers given the current absence of commercial flights?
    or is it simply for our political class to arrive in style again?

    1. rominick

      No we don’t deport failed asylum seekers here, we’ll give them houses for free when direct provision is finally ended.
      The 10,000 homeless Irish can go to hell.

  2. Charger Salmons

    What rank is the person who has to give the prop a good pull to start the thing up ?
    On the plus side Rockall is now safe from aerial attack.

  3. Paulus

    The Air-Corp wanted some new apparatus.
    So they got three new planes from Pilatus.
    Though they have a propeller,
    their performance is stellar
    as they speed through the cumulo-stratus

    …so, do I win one?

  4. :-Joe

    A bit strange unveiling new toys in a recession but I would imagine they were ordered and paid for, hopefully out of necessity, some months ago..

    Probably patrol and reconnaissance planes… maybe even fast-tracked to keep any more salmon’s from getting through the net?…
    – (If you’re talking about him he’ll take it as winning but I couldn’t resist…)


          1. Cian

            There were 3 planes ordered in 2017;
            There were 3 planes delivered this week.

            I don’t know what “extra one” you are talking about.

          2. GiggidyGoo

            Read my link then, the article dated 2nd April 2020. The first sentence of the article

            “It is understood that the Irish Air Corps will be taking delivery of a new Pilatus PC-12 today, Thursday 2nd April. In December 2017, the Air Corps announced the purchase of 3 Pilatus PC-12’s however it is understood the aircraft being delivered today is an additional aircraft recently procured by the Department of Defence.
            (Bold Italics are great)

          3. GiggidyGoo

            You figured out then what the extra one. As in four bought rather than three. Aaaaand the usual diversion. Suddenly talking about a contract rather than a number. You and Rob aren’t on form at all these days. Zoom meeting required. ROFL!

      1. :-Joe

        Ah.. there you have it, backed up straight from the source, via agent neo-data for the department of F-f/g stats, information and perception managment itself :P

        No need to question a source, or it’s validitity, you can guarantee it’s correct… Like an algorithm ready to go..

        Once you learn to understand it better and get used to it, it’s handy like a useful app notification…


          1. Cian

            A post about the delivery of 3 planes.
            Someone asks about the timing and when they were ordered
            someone answers (accurately and succinctly).

            O.M.G. diversion,
            O.M.G distraction
            diversion and distraction

            #bolditalics is the best

          2. GiggidyGoo

            A post about unveiling new toys. Four of these planes were bought. So your answer wasn’t very accurate as three were ordered in 2017, and a fourth bought this year. Diversion and distraction.

  5. Gabby

    North Korea will now think twice about incursions into Irish airspace. We can do our Christmas shopping calmly.

    1. :-Joe

      No need..

      Apparently, they already have an underground bunker army of hackers(mind slaves) but evading radar / satellite surveillance so the details are vague…

      Pilots and fighter jets are already on the way out to make way for the killer robot drones controlled remotely by online gaming ethusiasts…


        1. Papi

          That came to Oslo for the Nobel and broke down at Gardemoen, Enda stuck there for about five hours and the pilot was passing by with a hammer in his hand.

        2. GiggidyGoo

          “No” sounded very certain. Did you bother checking?, or were you just trying to get away with a lie, distraction or diversion? GIYF

  6. Praetorian.

    Rory O’Connor,GOC Air Corps…started as an apprentice in Baldonnel,then joined the cadet school to become a pilot…now a brigader general…a gent,great guy.
    Mark Mellet…FOCNS now Chief of Staff…possibley the worst COS the Defence Forces ever had.
    Jaqui McCrum…the secretary at Defence…another number crunching,pencil pushing career civil servant with zero military background or experience.

    And then Coveney….a sap.

  7. Charger Salmons

    Let’s cut to the chase.
    Whatever Mickey Mouse crop-sprayers the Air Corp buy the fact is the airspace over your noggins at the moment is protected by the boys and girls of the Royal Air Force.
    I don’t say this to trigger you poor saps but just as a simple statement of fact.
    Heh x 633.

      1. GiggidyGoo

        It’s his inferiority complex. He’s on 7.5 today on the Sure Have Inferiority Troubles meter. He hit 9.8 earlier in the week.

      2. Charger Salmons

        Same reason as you Praetorian.
        Express an opinion, have some bantz, not take it too seriously.
        Chill bro.
        It’s just the internet.Not real life.
        I mean in real life I’m sat overlooking a harbour full of multi-million pound yachts about 3000 miles from Ireland smoking a Cohiba and drinking a vodka martini.
        This Broadsheet stuff is just a folderol.
        An amusement.
        You mustn’t take it too seriously.

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