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.


Former 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.

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EASA Pilot Licencing Requirements Changes Coming into Effect 20th June 2022

Season 3, Ep. 6
On this week's Squawk 7000, from 20th June 2022, any pilot who resides in the EU must hold an EASA Part FCL licence when flying any aircraft other than those defined in Annex I of the EU Basic Regulation.I'm joined by Mark Dwyer of Flying in Ireland on this episode as we explore some of the changes and give you insights into the relevant legislation.Pilots holding a pilot licence and associated medical certificate issued by a third country (non-EU country) involved in the non-commercial (VFR, private, etc.) operation of aircraft registered in Ireland are currently permitted to fly in Ireland without any further formality. The same holds true while flying aircraft registered in non-EU countries where that country permits it e.g. FAA allow holders of a foreign licence to fly privately in the country of issue. However, for pilots residing in the EU, this is due to change from 20thJune 2022.More information and application forms on https://flyinginireland.com/2022/03/easa-pilot-licencing-requirements-changes-coming-into-effect-20th-june-2022/FunFly Aerosports Flying Club, based at Clonbullogue (EICL) Co. Offaly, have launched a Pilot Wings scheme to encourage new and experienced general aviation pilots to continue to develop their skills and qualifications. The scheme is open to all pilots, not just FunFly members, and encourages up skilling & development for PPL’s with skill exercises, hours flown and evidence of additional training. There are three levels of award, Bronze, Silver and Gold, with various targets set to achieve each level. Wings are awarded either by post or at the annual wings event. See the video at the bottom of this article for more details.There are four elements to each level:Cross-countryTotal and PIC Flying HoursSafety Seminar AttendancePilot AchievementMore information here https://funfly.ie/funfly-wings-award/