Published on February 27th, 2019 | by Mark Dwyer


ASG Partners with American Aviation Academy

Main photo: Pictured above at the launch of the strategic partnership are Mr. Diarmuid O’Riordan, Managing Director, ASG, Mr. Tom Hannawa, President & CEO, American Aviation Academy, and Mr. Mark Hannawa, Director of Marketing at the American Aviation Academy.

Dublin based Approved Training Organisation ASG and San Diego based American Aviation Academy (AAA) have signed a strategic partnership agreement whereby ASG, an EASA Approved Training Organisation (IE.ATO.012), will deliver ATPL theoretical knowledge training at the AAA campus in the United States.  As part of the partnership, ASG will also continue to offer its industry leading ATPL theoretical courses to students in Ireland.

Speaking at the announcement of the partnership in San Diego, ASG’s founder, Mr. Diarmuid O’Riordan said “We’re proud to be opening a US-based training facility in partnership with the American Aviation Academy (AAA) which is one of the United States’ leading Flight Training Organisations.

ASG founder Diarmuid O’Riordan instructing a recent class

Since our foundation in 2015, ASG’s approach to ATPL training has been characterised by providing students with a bespoke, high quality, and personalised training experience – it’s clear that AAA shares this philosophy and approach to training.

We believe in limiting class sizes to ensure the optimum learning environment, providing support to students throughout their ATPL training journey, and delivering the highest standard of theoretical knowledge instruction. However, what really differentiates us from most other ATO’s is our instructional team – our ATPL instructors are truly passionate about what they do – each one is chosen for their subject matter expertise and practical industry experience which adds real value to the student experience by bringing the subject to life. They are operational in the aviation industry and include: current airline pilots, type rating instructors, aircraft and avionics technicians, human factors specialists, military pilot instructors, aeronautical engineers, and air traffic controllers.

Aside from supporting AAA in delivering ATPL training to students in the US, this partnership expands ASG’s reach globally and also offers our students the option of completing their practical Flight Training, concurrent to their theoretical knowledge training, in the ideal weather conditions of Southern California.

We look forward to working with AAA over the years to come and indeed to realising the many other potential synergies made possible by this new partnership.”

ASG is permitted to deliver theoretical knowledge training for the award of an Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL). Since its foundation in 2015, has firmly established itself as one of the industry’s leading provider of high quality ATPL theoretical knowledge training.  By specialising in providing theoretical knowledge training, the company has been able to focus on providing the best possible preparation for students as they take this crucial step towards becoming an Airline Pilot.

The American Aviation Academy (AAA), based in San Diego (USA), specialises in providing both FAA and EASA flight training – from Private Pilot, Instrument Rating, Multi-Engine, and Commercial Pilot training. The majority of AAA’s students are international students who are attracted by the optimum flying conditions offered in Southern California which boasts over 300 days of sunshine per year. They are one of the few US-based schools permitted to deliver flight training for both FAA and EASA licences.

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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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