General Aviation

Published on August 16th, 2019 | by Mark Dwyer


Ryanair/AFTA Mentored Students First Solo’s

Congratulations to all the Ryanair/AFTA Mentored students (pictured below) who completed their first solos at AFTA’s Waterford base recently. AFTA have had a busy year since Ryanair announced their training partnership with the academy last September. Students on the Ryanair/AFTA Mentored Pilot Programme have travelled to Cork from all over Europe to participate in this programme and achieve their ambition of becoming a commercial pilot. Every pilot will say their first solo is a pivotal and unforgettable experience in their career. It was a real sense of achievement for both students and their Flight Instructors to see the Ryanair mentored students complete this milestone.

The Mentored Pilot Programme that will see 450 pilots join Ryanair from AFTA over the next 5 years. This 16-month intensive training programme gives trainee pilots a structured path to achieve their pilot licence and reach a standard where they are ready to join the Ryanair Boeing 737 type rating programme. Trainee pilots on the Mentored Pilot Programme are being trained by AFTA instructors using Ryanair procedures as they take their first steps towards becoming Ryanair pilots.

More details about the Ryanair Mentored Pilot Programme can be found HERE

Xenya Murphy

Thomas Splendori

Matteo Magni

Gareth Moore

Dylan Brazil

Fraser Heywood

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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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