Published on June 13th, 2017 | by Mark Dwyer


ASG receive Approved Training Organisation (ATO) Approval

Aerostellar Global (ASG) have announced that they have met the stringent regulatory requirements to operate as an approved training organisation (ATO) (IE.ATO.012) of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The ATO approval allows ASG to offer both residential (full-time) and distance learning (part-time) ATPL training.

​Incorporated in Ireland in 2015, ASG provides high quality, cost-effective and responsive training, consultancy, and services to both the aerospace and defence sectors. Managed by a group of aviation specialists with unrivalled operational and technical aviation expertise, ASG delivers industry-leading aviation training.

Speaking about the ATO approval, Mr. Diarmuid O’Riordan, Managing Partner at ASG, says “Approval to operate as an EASA ATO is the culmination of significant work in conjunction with the Irish Aviation Authority. The approval adds to the growing list of solutions and services provided by ASG to the aviation industry. In terms of teaching the airline pilots of the future, our training philosophy is quite simple: to provide premium quality instruction which will benefit flight crews throughout their career in aviation; from job interview to line operations as an Airline Pilot, and not simply to “tick the box” to pass the ATPL examinations – although we do know that’s important too! The choice as to where a student completes their theoretical knowledge training is an important one, and the determining factor should be quality”.

ASG instructors are carefully selected from industry, including: current airline pilots, aircraft and avionics technicians, human factors specialists, aeronautical engineers and air traffic controllers. Through such high quality instruction, aside from being more likely to excel at exams, students are more likely to retain this important information, be more prepared to land your first airline job, and to operate more effectively throughout your career as an Airline Pilot.

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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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