Published on June 22nd, 2017 | by Mark Dwyer


IAA Chief to become next Eurocontrol Director General

Eamonn Brennan, Chief Executive of the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA), has been appointed as the new Director General of Eurocontrol. Mr. Brennan will succeed Frank Brenner whose term comes to an end on 31st December 2017. Mr. Brennan was nominated by the Government through the Director General Civil Aviation Ireland.

Founded in 1960, Eurocontrol currently has 41 member states and is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. The organisation employs approximately two thousand people and operates with an annual budget in excess of half a billion Euros. Although Eurocontrol is not an agency of the European Union, the EU has delegated parts of its Single European Sky regulations to Eurocontrol, making it the central organisation for coordination and planning of air traffic control for all of Europe. The organisation works with national authorities, air navigation service providers, civil and military airspace users, airports, and other organisations.

Ms Anne Nolan, Chairman of the IAA said, “On behalf of the Board of the IAA, I wish to congratulate Eamonn on his successful appointment.  Eamonn has provided visionary leadership for the IAA and the Irish aviation industry over many years and we wish him well in in his new position at the helm of the European air traffic management industry.  We are tremendously proud of this marvellous achievement.  This is a very prestigious position and a great reflection on his character and competencies as an aviation leader who is admired and respected throughout Europe.  For the IAA, the process to select Eamonn’s successor will commence over the Summer through an open process.”

“The 41 Eurocontrol Member States are delighted to welcome Eamonn Brennan as the Director General of Eurocontrol as of 1 January 2018.” said Mr. Piotr Samson, President of the Eurocontrol Permanent Commission and Director General of Civil Aviation of Poland. “Eamonn Brennan is a leading figure in European aviation. His leadership experience and understanding of the issues facing air traffic management today will be invaluable in ensuring that Eurocontrol can respond to the evolving needs of all the Agency’s stakeholders and support the full implementation of the Single European Sky in a pan-European context.”

Mr. Brennan was the Commercial Director of the Authority prior to his appointment as Chief Executive in 2003. He is qualified as a Chartered Accountant and prior to joining the IAA he worked for a decade in executive and consulting roles in Ireland, UK, Malta and in South East Asia, mainly in the travel, aviation and tourism industries. He has an avid interest in aviation and has held a private pilot’s licence and has enjoyed flying in Ireland, the UK, Europe and Malaysia.

As well as being a member of the Board of the IAA, Mr. Brennan is also a member of the Board of Aireon, a joint venture between the IAA, Iridium Communications Inc., Nav Canada, ENAV (Italy), and Naviair (Denmark), which was established to launch the world’s first satellite based air traffic surveillance system from 2017. He is also a member of the Board of Entry Point North, an international provider of Air Traffic Controller training services, in partnership with Naviair, LFV (Sweden) and Avinor (Norway).

On his selection as the Director General designate, Eamonn Brennan thanked the Irish State and the Director General Civil Aviation Ireland for his nomination.  He thanked the Eurocontrol Permanent Commission and the Provisional Council for putting their trust in him.  “I hope that I can bring my experience to Europe and Eurocontrol as a unifying force to manage the safe and progressive development of European aviation over the next five years,” said Eamonn.

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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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