Victor Costello - flying the flag in Florida.
Season 1, Ep. 21
On this week's podcast, our guest Victor Costello has experienced success as a professional athlete playing senior rugby throughout the 1990s until his retirement in 2005.He won 39 caps for Ireland between 1996 and 2004. He also made 126 appearances in the Leinster shirt.Victor was part of the Irish team at the 2003 Rugby World Cup; a former five-time Irish shot put champion, he took part in the 1992 summer Olympics in Barcelona, that was followed by a career as a professional pilot flying the Boeing 737, and he has now set up an Irish flying school in Florida - Global Flight Training Solutions which offers hour building packages for pilots from around the world.www.globalflighttrainingsolutions.comOYw3GN3h2ZIPZAX27XVr
News Feb 22nd, 2021
Season 1, Ep. 20
On this week's Short Final – Dublin Airport Passenger Numbers Down 78% in 2020, ASL Airlines exercise options for 10 Boeing 737 freighters, and even as aviation continues to feel the effects of Covid restrictions, there is room for those in the industry to help others with their generosity. https://irishairspectacular.ie/
50 Years of Flying in Coonagh Limerick Flying Club
Season 1, Ep. 19
On this Long Final episode, we get to do some hangar flying - as we help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Limerick Flying Club based in Coonagh.Joining me by Zoom® Chairman of the Club Harry McNamara,Founding Member Foncy Hobbins, current CFI David Fielding and former CFI and Founder Member Brendan Beegan.Towards the end of the sixties, there was an interest in developing a social side to the business operation at Coonagh - this social club was called the Limerick Flying Club.After Shannon Flying services moved to Oranmore in Co, Galway and eventually became Aer Arran, the group of enthusiasts at Coonagh were without an aircraft or an Instructor. In 1970 they decided to formalise the club and arrange membership. Foncy Hobbins, Brendan Beegan and Bryan Carpenter became the initial committee of Limerick Flying Club with Bryan as President.EI-AOO arrived at Coonagh on the 6th of February 1971 from Iona piloted by Pierce Cahill. By the end of the Summer of 1971, the club had a membership of approximately thirty members, and Arthur Brennan had become the Chief Flying Instructor, and by the end of the year, Colum Johnston had joined as an Instructor.This podcasts name-checks many names associated with Flying in Ireland over the last 50 years. http://www.limerickflyingclub.com/
News Feb 15th, 2021
Season 1, Ep. 18
On this week's Short Final – REVA Air Opens a base at Shannon; an Airbus A319 is impounded at Dublin Airport and Bombardier Aerospace has announced it will cease production of the iconic Learjet this year.
Aviation Education - Degrees to turn to professional development
Season 1, Ep. 17
On this episode, we look at the options to get professional academic qualifications in the aviation industry.Ireland is home to various top-class aviation industry education and training options aimed at aspiring high flyers.Ranging from an MSc in Aviation Finance in UCDto Carlow Institute of Educations, Bachelor of Business in Aviation Management and Munster technological University's International Business with Aviation Studies (BA Honours) course.Dublin City University offers a BSc in Aviation Management, the first university degree in Ireland to combine management studies with the option to train as a commercial pilot. Alternatively, its students can opt to undertake air traffic controller training.DCU also offers an MSc in Management (Aviation Leadership), a specialist postgraduate programme designed to provide participants with knowledge in all key aviation sectors and strategic management.Well joining us on this episode from DCU are Dr Cathal Guiomard, assistant professor of Aviation in DCU Business School and programme chair for the BSc in Aviation Management and Dr Marina Efthymiou assistant professor in aviation management and course director of the Master's course - theMSc Management Aviation Leadership.Details of the open day on Feb 16th are available on this link. https://business.dcu.ie/events/?action=tribe_photo&tribe_paged=1&tribe_event_display=photo&tribe-bar-date=2021-02-06&tribe-bar-search=Aviation
News Feb 8th, 2021
Season 1, Ep. 16
On this week's Short Final – Funding for Airports under the new Regional Airports Programme 2021-2025, a busy month for the Irish Community Rapid Response Air Ambulance and Limerick Flying Club celebrates its 50th Birthday.
Mental Health in Pilots - We're only Human too.
Season 1, Ep. 15
Captain Paul Cullen is a researcher with the School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin, and the founder of the Lived Experience Wellbeing Project. Paul is an IFALPA accredited accident investigator and has logged over 13,000 hours flying the A320/1, A330 and B737. Paul previously held the role of Director of Safety & Technical with the Irish Air Line Pilots’ Association and is currently Secretary of the Human Factors (Wellbeing) Group at the Royal Aeronautical Society. Paul has collaborated with a range of industry stakeholders such as the Flight Safety Foundation, EASA and the International Labour Organisation.Paul is particularly interested in understanding how sources of Work-Related Stress affect the physical, mental and social wellbeing of safety-critical workers in aviation, and how this impacts flight safety. In particular, Paul wants to understand why some workers are susceptible to psychological distress yet others remain resilient while working in a similar environment, and to determine how resilience training might best be incorporated into aviation.Paul is a staunch advocate for the acceptance of mental health within aviation, seeing it as something to be embraced rather than feared.Link to the Wellbeing for Pilots Book - mentioned in the Podcast https://www.tcd.ie/cihs/assets/pdf/wellbeinguide.pdf
News Feb 1st, 2021
Season 1, Ep. 14
On this week's Short Final – The Boeing 737 MAX has been cleared to return to European skies, a new unmanned Fighter Aircraft to be Built in Belfast and a new Irish aviation Gin hits the market!
Petticoat Pilots - Women aviators Ireland 1909-1939
Season 1, Ep. 13
This week we're talking with author and pilot Michael Traynor. Michael is the author of two large, hardback volumes totalling around 600 pages, including almost 800 images, called Petticoat Pilots from 1909 to 1939.Michael tells the stories of twelve trail-blazing women. He spent eight years researching the lives of these women. With an introduction by no less than the president, Michael D. Higgins, it's a remarkable piece of work.Michael joined me from his home, and before we talked about his latest book, I was curious about his own flying career.More information on the book is available at https://petticoatpilots.com/