The Company

cropped-SKYBOUND-Logo.pngSkyBound Airsports was launched in 2016 by a team of experienced light aircraft pilots and builders to import the Best Off range of aircraft. In addition to offering advice and support throughout your build we also supply spares and equipment that can be fitted to any light aircraft or microlight.

What we do?

  • Supply SkyRanger Swift and Nynja kits to Ireland
  • Supply the full range of options and spares for the Best Off fleet
  • We can supply a range of radios, transponders and other Avionics
  • Advice and support during your build project
  • Service kits for Rotax and Jabiru engines
  • Second hand aircraft sales

Meet our experienced team below. If you want to get in touch, please use the Contact Us page

Steve Newlands

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Steve & his EclipseR EI-ELL

Steve is our resident maintenance / service and in-house inspector. He appreciates all types of microlights as he has rebuilt many weightshifts from the ground up as well as repaired/ re-covered many many aircraft (including Ikarus C42s).

He is trained to iRMT (Independent Rotax Heavy Maintenance Technician) standards through CFS Aerospace and has climbed through the ranks within the NMAI to senior inspector. You’ll normally see Steve working happily under an aircraft or stuck in an engine bay to keep a client in the air whilst others are out flying.

He has a passion for all types of aircraft from weightshifts, to older classic types (eg. TST Thrusters etc) to the latest and greatest carbon fibre and composite hot-ship machines. As well as engine/ airframe repairs and service Steve is a qualified Electrical/Electronics & Mechatronic engineer so has found himself also getting more and more involved with avionics repairs & installations over the past few years.

If you’ve any queries or questions don’t hesitate to give him a call.

 

Mark Brereton

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EI-WIG in its original colours after it was built

I commenced my training for my NPPL(M) (microlight) in France in 2000. After two weeks I got as far as my cross country and between one thing and another was only able to finish the course and received my licence in 2005.

My first build project was that same year, when we built an X-Air 582 from a new kit, followed by the second project a new SkyRanger 912UL kit the following year. This SkyRanger (EI-WIG) was to become the start of a love affair with the SkyRanger aircraft. I clocked up over 700 happy hours in the SkyRanger. In 2013 I striped down the aircraft and replaced the Dacron skins for the more modern Xlam. I also fitted the new Ninja style seats to the airframe. These new additions and new colours transformed my SkyRanger to a fresher/newer looking aircraft and also inspired me to get more involved in the technical side of the microlight scene in Ireland. In 2013 I joined the Committee of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI), and in 2014 I became the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) dealing with all aspects of microlight certification, alterations, permit paperwork and licensing with the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA).

To date I have over 1000 flying hours logged, and am here to help you in any way possible so please feel free to get in touch.

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EI-WIG following recovering with new Xlam skins in 2013

Mark Dwyer

Mark D and Mark B on the way to the LAA Rally at Sywell 2013 in SkyRanger EI-WIG

Mark D and Mark B on the way to the LAA Rally at Sywell 2013 in SkyRanger EI-WIG

Mark has been flying for 15 years and currently flies and instructs commercially for a large European airline. He brings lots of experience to SkyBound Airsports from his time as Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) and Editor of “Flying In Ireland Magazine”. In 2015, Mark was awarded “Upcoming Aviation Professional of the Year” by the Irish Aviation Authority. He holds a Flight Instructors Rating for Microlights and Group A classes and has amassed over 4,500 hours on over 30 different aircraft types (many on the SkyRanger!).