Military Guard CeremonyThe National Monument

A Ceremonial Military Guard will parade at the site of the ‘National Memorial to Members of the Defence Forces who died in the Service of the State’, at Merrion Square park, Dublin during July and August.

Ceremonies will take place at Merrion Square Park, every Saturday from 19th July to Saturday 23rd August 2014.

Units from throughout the Defence Forces and across the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service will participate in this Military Guard Ceremony in solemn remembrance of their fallen comrades.

The ceremony will last approximately one hour.

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Pilatus PC 9M

The Air Corps currently operates seven Pilatus PC-9M aircraft. These aircraft first entered service in 2004 and operate as the main pilot training aircraft for the Air Corps.

The PC-9M is equipped with a comprehensive, fully tandem-capable VFR/IFR avionics package for navigation, communication and identification, using state of the art equipment. The PC-9M features modern avionics including a Head Up Display (HUD) and Electronic Flight Instrumentation System (EFIS) where primary instruments are displayed. The PC-9M is fitted with a Martin-Baker CG-A Ejection Seat which provides safe escape for the pilot from sea level to its operational ceiling at any airspeed greater than 65 knots.


  • Ab Initio Pilot Training
  • Advanced Pilot Training
  • Instructor Pilot Training
  • Close Air Support
Pilatus PC-9M Statistics

Aircraft Type

Pilatus PC-9M


Ab Initio, Advanced & Instructor Pilot Training and Close Air Support


1 Pilot & 1 Student


1 x Pratt & Whitney PT6A-62 turbo prop

Wing Span

10.19 metres (33 feet, 5 inches)


3.25 metres (10 feet, 8 inches)


10.16 mts. (33 feet, 4 inches)


2 x Rocket Pods - Holding x 2.75” (70mm) ‘FN LAU 7’ Folding Fin Aerial Rockets
2 x .5” FN HMG - Each gun with a 250 round belt

Entered Service


Pilatus PC-9M Training Flight

  • PC9 Training Flight

Pilatus PC-9M Performance

Max T/O Weight

3,200 Kilogrammes (7,050 pounds)

Service Ceiling

25,000 feet

Cruise Speed

275 knots

Maximum Speed

320 knots


4 hours, 30 minutes


850 Nautical Miles

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