Published on September 3rd, 2019 | by Mark Dwyer


Six West and AFTA Launch Student Initiative Competition

Six West in collaboration with the Atlantic Flight Training Academy (AFTA) in Cork have announced the launch of their Student Initiative Competition which will open on 30th September 2019. The competition, which is open to all students in Ireland from transition to sixth year, is designed to create awareness of Ireland’s thriving aviation industry and to encourage students to consider a career in the field.

The prizes, which have been sponsored by AFTA, include a simulator training lesson on a Boeing 737-800, followed by a flying lesson.  Each prize has been carefully chosen to give the two lucky winners real insight into becoming a pilot and the opportunity to meet and talk to AFTA’s experienced instructors.

Candidates will need to submit a 3 to 5 minute video on any aviation-related topic, that clearly showcases passion and motivation for a future career in the industry. Video entries shall be uploaded via Google Drive from the 30th September 2019 until the closing date on 8th January 2020 (Full T’s and C’s HERE). Judges will be looking for a genuine love for the industry combined with an innovative approach to the challenges facing aviation today. They are looking for students capable of presenting concepts and ideas that push established boundaries and spark conversations and debate amongst Ireland’s industry leaders.

Speaking from Six West’s Dublin headquarters, co-founder Jason Williamson states, “As an aviation business with both Irish and international branches, it is vital that we make students aware of the variety of training opportunities available locally, that can lead to fulfilling careers in aviation. Retaining young talent on our shores is essential for Ireland to maintain its position as a global leader in the industry. Whilst other countries are intent on closing the gap that Ireland has built for itself over the past decades, we must focus on nurturing the next generation of aviation professionals”.

Mark J. Casey, CEO Head of Training at AFTA comments, “We are thrilled to support this fantastic initiative and are confident the competition will be a success. We are looking forward to supporting young aviation enthusiasts by offering assistance and guidance towards a future career in an aviation related discipline. Ireland continues to punch above its weight in all sectors of the aviation industry. As a result, Ireland is in a unique position to offer a broad spectrum of career opportunities to secondary school graduates. This competition is an ideal opportunity to take the first steps towards a career in the aviation sector”.

Additional information about the competition is available here.

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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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