A low flying light aircraft is to begin flying over the South East of Ireland to conduct the Tellus survey which collects geochemical and geophysical data on rocks, soil and water across Ireland.
To collect this data, the latest phase of the survey will involve a low-flying aircraft flying from August 2020 until the end of the year (weather permitting) over Counties Laois, Kilkenny, Tipperary and Waterford, and neighbouring parts of Kildare, Carlow, Offaly and Cork. For up to date information and the planned weekly flight schedule, please visit www.tellus.ie.
The aircraft will fly at a low level of 60 metres over rural areas (approximately eight times the height of a standard two-storey house), rising to 240 metres over urban areas.
The sound of the plane is similar to that of a passing lorry and it may startle sensitive livestock, such as horses, pedigree cattle, sheep-in-lamb and poultry flocks. The speed of the aircraft is about 216 km/h or 130 mph.
As it is vital to raise public awareness of the project, particularly amongst farmers and animal owners, the Tellus team is delivering an ongoing communications campaign across the region to ensure all stakeholders are informed.
If you have any concerns about the survey, particularly if you own sensitive livestock and you would like to be kept informed of latest flight plans in your area, you can contact the Tellus Freephone information line on 1800 45 55 65 or visit www.tellus.ie.