New Runway nears Completion
Ballyboy's second runway is nearing completion and, pending final commissioning, is expected to be opened in early winter.
The new tarmac runway 11/29 runs parallel to the existing grass runway on the southern side of the airfield. The runway has a 600m usable strip with overruns of 50m at each end. Runway width is 12 metres. As part of the construction, a new tarmac taxiway has been constructed across the existing runway, fully blended with the grass surface, enabling aircraft to move between the runway and hangar areas on hard surface all the way.
The new runway will enable safe operations at the airfield throughout the year. The existing grass runway, which has been in use since the airfield opened in 1994, was frequently closed for periods in the winter as the ground became too soft for aircraft use.
It is expected that the new runway will attract an increased number of touring aircraft from Ireland, the UK and Europe, making use of Ballyboy's convenient location for exploring the local area, the wider Meath region and beyond.
Ballyboy welcomes the Irish Historic Flight Foundation.
The Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF) has moved into its new home at Ballyboy Airfield, with the Foundation's four aircraft - three DHC-1 Chipmunks and a Boeing Stearman - taking up residence in a purpose-built hangar at the airfield.
At the announcement in August 2020, Michael Hickey, Chairman of the IHFF, said “we are delighted to be moving into this brand new, purpose-built hangar at Ballyboy. This new facility provides us with a centre of operations for our aircraft and gives us the opportunity to build a maintenance base to support these and other aircraft as we look to grow our fleet over the coming years. We would especially like to thank Bernard Cullen and his family for their ongoing support of the IHFF.”
Bernard Cullen, the owner of Ballyboy Airfield said “we are delighted to have the IHFF move into their new hangar here in Ballyboy. In addition to this new hangar, we have recently completed the installation of a new tarmac runway and we look forward to welcoming other vintage aircraft operators from the UK and beyond in the near future.”
Irish Historic Flight Foundation is a fantastic initiative for the aviation industry to celebrate Ireland’s rich aviation heritage and was founded in 2014 with the support of key companies involved in the Irish aviation indutry and the Irish Aviation Authority. The IHFF displays its aircraft at shows around the country and also holds a collection of historic artifacts and documents from the history of aviation in Ireland.
2019 Fly-in and Family Fun Day
The 2019 Ballyboy Fly-in and Family Fun Day in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland took place on Sunday 4 August 2019. Thanks to everyone who attended and helped us to raise funds for DSI.
Under blue skies we had a full day of flying and entertainment. The kids were kept busy with our giant bouncy castles and face painters. And there was something for everyone with our full schedule of flying, with helicopters, our air display and lots of small aircraft activity throughout the day.
Special thanks to our many sponsors, volunteers, suppliers, supporters, Meath Civil Defence, Follow-Me Aircraft Marshallers and our Flight Display Director. Thanks also to our visiting pilots and crews who kept the huge crowd entertained – particularly the Garda helicopter, Air Corps Medevac helicopter, and our aerobatic displays from Rich Goodwin, the Irish Historic Flight Foundation and Eddie Goggins.
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