Go Around and listen again to Captain Noel Flynn.
Season 2, Ep. 41
Here's another chance to hear our shat with Captain Noel Flynn. He recalls his early days in aviation in South Africa, as the odd job man at the Springbox Aero Club, his early days flying with the South African Airforce to his career in SAA and Cargolux. His stories capture the passion he has for aviation, and he tells us about his involvement in the DC-3 in the Aer Lingus colours and the airshows at Bray and Foynes. It's a great chat!
Go Around and listen to Victor Costello - flying the flag in Florida.
Season 2, Ep. 40
Listen again to one of our more popular episodes on Go Around. 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.comFormer Irish International rugby player and Boeing 737 Captain Victor Costello & Partners have established a new flying school in Florida and are inviting all pilots needing to hour build for their CPL to visit. Global Flight Training Solutions (GFTS) was established last year and is based at Immokalee Airport (KIMM) in southwest Florida.
Go Around and Listen again to David Kelly
Season 2, Ep. 39
In 2021 David Kelly's aircraft was 80. It's a Luscombe - a tail dragged, and he started looking for it before he had even finished his PPL. In this episode of Long Final, David shares some entries from his logbook and tells us the story of his "affair" with a classic aircraft that left the factory in 1941 when Charles Lindbergh was only 39 and Orville Wright was still alive.
Go Around and listen to this episode with Mark Brearton
Season 2, Ep. 38
In this episode, we get another chance to hear Mark Brereton. Mark is well known in the General Aviation industry in Ireland. He has built many aircraft over the last few years, including SkyRangers, X-Airs, Savannahs and Venturas. He is also currently the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI).You can find out more about self-build kits and how Mark can help you get airborne at https://funflyaerosports.ie/ and how to fly them at https://funfly.ie/
Flying in Winter -
Season 2, Ep. 37
On December 8th last GASCI held an event on safety - among the topics was flying in Winter - here's Gerry Humphrey's presentation that gets us ready for snow and ice. The General Aviation Safety Council of Ireland is a volunteer body composed of representatives from General Aviation in Ireland set up in 2012. They meet regularly, aiming to promote General Aviation Safety in Ireland.A large part of the GASCI function is to promote safety awareness among all those involved in the Irish GA community. This goal includes pilots and ground handlers at FBOs, aircraft engineers, Air Traffic Controllers, airfield operators, and government regulators.More information at https://www.gasci.ie/
The work of the Air Accident Investigation Unit Ireland
Season 2, Ep. 36
On December 8th last Kate Fitzgerald, of the AAIU made a presentation as part of the GASCI Safety event. It was a fascinating insight into the work of the unit. TheAir Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU)is part of theDepartment of Transport and is responsible for the investigation of aircraft accidents,serious incidents, and incidents (Occurrences) that occurwithin Ireland.In addition, theAAIUprovides assistance to foreign safety investigation authorities who conduct investigations into occurrencesinvolving Irish registeredand/or operatedaircraft abroad. Our thanks to GASCI for sharing the event with us on Squawk 7000.
75 Years of Galway Flying Club
Season 2, Ep. 34
The Galway Flying Club is the longest-operating flying Club in the country, founded in 1946 and based initially in Oranmore. 2021 is an exciting year in the history of Irish aviation as Galway Flying Club celebrates 75 years. Due to the present Covid situation, the Club cannot celebrate this achievement as they would like, but this week on the podcast, we hear from Ian Fennell, Chairperson of the Club and Cormac Carey, the Head of Training. We'll also hear some voices from among the club members, including Patrick Richards, JP Reynolds and Bridie Mitchell.Western Wings:The Story of Galway Flying Clubhttps://www.kennys.ie/shop/western-wings-the-story-of-galway-flying-club
Report from the Kinsale Aviation Festival 2021
Season 2, Ep. 31
Welcome to another Squawk 7000 podcast, I'm just back from Kinsale, and it was a great pleasure to meet so many of our listeners - who all told me they like to listen to our podcast while walking - well, this week, get ready for a good healthy stroll as we have got a lot of people to talk to.This weekend past saw Kinsale's inaugural aviation festival, established to promote Ireland's rich and extensive aviation history; The event was organised by the Flying Poet Aviation Café and Bookshop in Kinsale and supported by the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF), Goodbody Stockbrokers and Avolon…and as the event prepared for take-off on Saturday afternoon last I caught up with organisers Paulo Massolini and Joe Gill - we also hear from the recipients of its 2021 Aviation Valour Award to the crew: Lieut Col Eric Kut, CaptCory Jackson, First LieutMark Lawson, Technical SgtJustin Triola, Airman 1st classNicolas Baron, Staff SgtDerek Laurentand Senior AirmanRichard Johnson, part of the sixth airlift squadron. They flew the refugees from Kabul to safety in difficult circumstances in an aircraft designed for a maximum of 336 passengers on humanitarian missions.We also hear from author Michael Traynor, Michael Hickey Chair of the IHFF, Kevin Humphreys, a director of the IHFF, and from Karen O'Sullivan from the Irish Community Air Ambulance who benefited from fundraising from the event.
600kg MTOM IAA Consultation Process
Season 2, Ep. 25
The Irish Aviation Authority has recently published astakeholder consultationon the “Option to exempt certain light aircraft below 600kg MTOM from EU regulations”. Mark Dwyer outlines the background to the consultation, expand on some detail in the consultation document and give some pros and cons as he sees them.As many pilots as possible must respond to this stakeholder consultation, regardless of your opinion. Various organisations and individuals have worked tirelessly to get to this stage, and it would be a shame to see the project abandoned due to a lack of interest from the GA community. So please, take 5 minutes and submit your opinion here:https://forms.office.com/r/WYbvcrJ0tt