Published on April 15th, 2015 | by Mark Dwyer


Shortlist Announced for Aviation Industry Awards 2015

The 2015 Aviation Awards Shortlist has been announced with many of Ireland’s most successful and emerging aviation businesses making the final cut. This year’s Gala Awards black-tie ceremony will take place on Thursday 28th May 2015 at the Double Tree by Hilton on the Burlington Road (formerly the Burlington Hotel) in Dublin.

Sponsored by the IAA, the awards ceremony will be attended by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe, TD and key figures in the Irish aviation industry. Richard Curran, presenter Dragons’ Den, journalist and broadcaster, will be the Master of Ceremonies. 

AIA Winner 2014

Winners from the Aviation Industry Awards 2014


Shortlisted nominees include many world leading companies such as AerCap, Avolon and GECAS (Leasing Achievement category), Ryanair (Innovation category), Aer Lingus, Air Contractors, Emirates and Etihad (Aircraft Operator category), Dublin Aerospace (MRO Achievement category), daa (Airport category), Trinity College Dublin (Aviation R&D category) and CAE Parc Aviation and Datalex (Export category).

The aviation sector plays a huge role in the country’s economy with over 40,000 people employed and contributing over €4 billion to national GDP. Eamonn Brennan, Chief Executive, of the Irish Aviation Authority said: “We’re really pleased with the level of interest with some of the world’s most successful aviation companies entering the Awards in 2015. The calibre of the companies is superb and the high quality of the submissions showcase the level of innovation in this country and how our industry is helping Ireland to maintain its position as a ‘centre of excellence’ for aviation.”

“I wish to thank and congratulate every company that has submitted an entry and I’m looking forward to the winners being announced on the 28th May at the Gala Awards Ceremony. It is the only event in Ireland that brings together leading companies from every sector of aviation (airlines, airports, lessors, training schools, R&D, MRO, support and general aviation). We see this as a great opportunity to network and engage with aviation professionals from across the entire aviation spectrum, as well as being a chance to acknowledge and recognise staff support.”

The Aviation Industry Awards are devised and organised by Event Strategies Ltd. Entries will be judged by an independent judging panel. See more at:

Full Shortlist 

Aviation Company of the Year

This award will be announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday, May 28th at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Burlington Road, Dublin 4.

Outstanding Contribution to Irish Aviation Award

This award will be announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday, May 28th at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Burlington Road, Dublin 4.

Aircraft Operator Award

  • Air Contractors
  • Aer Lingus
  • Emirates
  • Etihad Air
  • Stobart Air
  • Turkish Airlines

Airport Achievement Award

  • City of Derry Airport
  • daa
  • Ireland West Airport Knock
  • Shannon Airport Authority

Aviation Innovation Award

  • AeroDocs-Arconics
  • Combining the Largest Lessors of Airplanes and Helicopters – GE Capital Aviation Services & Milestone Aviation Group
  • Electronic Flight Bag – Ryanair
  • Helicopter Dehumidification System – Waterford Institute of Technology & Canadian Helicopter Company
  • International Aviation Services Centre (IASC) – Shannon Group 
  • Journey to Business Intelligence – daa
  • Registair
  • Use of RPAS Technology – Coastway Surveys
  • Versadrones

Aviation Export Award

  • Aero Inspection International
  • Airbus Helicopters International Services
  • Airtel-ATN
  • CAE Parc Aviation
  • Datalex
  • Eirtech Aviation
  • Gerard Daniel Worldwide

MRO Achievement Award

  • Aero Inspection International
  • Dublin Aerospace 
  • Eirtech Aviation

Aviation R&D Award

  • Centre for Innovative Human Systems – Trinity College Dublin
  • CrewFactors – Vocavio
  • Fluids, Vibration & Acoustics Research Group – Trinity College Dublin
  • Photonics Packaging and Integration Group – Tyndall National Institute

Aviation Support Services Award

  • Aero Inspection International
  • Part M Aviation Ireland
  • Piercom
  • Simtech
  • Swissport Ireland
  • TEG

Aviation Leasing Achievement Award

  • AerCap
  • Avolon
  • GE Capital Aviation Services

Upcoming Aviation Professional Award

  • Niall Duggan – Part M Aviation Ireland
  • Mark Dwyer – National Microlight Association of Ireland & Flying in Ireland 
  • Capt. Julie Garland – National Flight Centre
  • Ellie McGimpsey- Belfast City Airport

Aviation Sustainability & Environment Award

  • Cork Airport
  • Shannon Airport Authority

Aviation Academic Education Award

  • Dublin City University
  • Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Institute of Technology Carlow
  • University of Limerick

Aviation Training Award

  • Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Apprenticeship Scheme – Aer Lingus
  • Cadet Pilot Training – Aer Lingus
  • National Flight Centre
  • Ryanair
  • Simtech Aviation Training
  • Trident Safety Group

General and Sport Aviation Award

  • Bray Air Display- Simtech Aviation
  • Executive Helicopters
  • Foynes Air Show
  • National Flight Centre 
  • National Microlight Association of Ireland

Safety Award

  • “Be Shannon Aware”- Shannon Airport
  • City of Derry Airport
  • DHL Express Ireland
  • Dublin Airport Defibrillator Programme – daa
  • Shell & Topaz Aviation
  • Stobart Air
  • Swissport Ireland
  • The General Aviation Council of Ireland (GASCI)

People Development Award

  • Certified International Management Programme – DHL Express Ireland
  • Certified International Specialist Programme – DHL Express Ireland
  • National Flight Centre
  • The Transforming Security Programme – daa

Customer Service Award

  • “Always Getting Better” Programme – Ryanair
  • Cork Airport
  • DUB HUB – daa
  • Project Freerunner – daa
  • Signature Flight Support 
  • Swissport Ireland

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About the Author

Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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