Irish Authority Evolves as Europe’s ‘Getaway’


A time line from the past to the future runs through the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) North Atlantic Communications Center at Ballygirreen, a townland on the Shannon Estuary in western Ireland.  Originally known as Shannon Aeradio, the station dates to 1936, when a transmitter hut, a receiver hut and a short-wave radio direction-finding hut were built to provide communications by Morse code with flying boats crossing the North Atlantic Ocean between Ireland and Newfoundland, Canada.  The experimental flying-boat trials were “a complete success,” paving the way for the future of transatlantic aviation, reads a signpost in front of the station.

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