Recently joined ILAS Member, Tadhg Firman from Foulksmills in Co Wexford, was one of nine students of the 32nd Air Corps Cadet Class commissioned on July 28 2016 at the Air Corps Headquarters in Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel. As well as his wings, Lieutenant Firman was awarded the 'Cadet Jevins Trophy' for achieving the highest standard in the ground school syllabus, and remarkably was also presented with the 'The Commandant D K Johnston Cup' for achieving the highest standard of flying during his training. Lieutenant Firman is type-rated on the Pilatus PC-9, and has also been checked out on the ILAS Field tractor for grass cutting duties.
ILAS extends it congratulations and good wishes to Lieutenant Firman on the occasion of his commissioning. Fellow 32nd class cadet, Christopher Jevins, who was also commissioned on the same occasion is another regular visitor to ILAS Field, as was his older brother David who was tragically killed in the PC-9 accident in Connemara back in 2009, and in who's memory the 'Cadet Jevins Trophy' has been awarded.
We have uploaded some photos of the occasion to the ILAS Facebook page:
The photos show Cadet Tadgh Firman being presented with his "Wings" by Brigadier General Paul Fry GOC Air Corps and newly commissioned Lieutenant Firman being presented with the 'The Commandant D K Johnston Cup' by Major General Kieran Brennan, Deputy Chief of Staff Ops.