Published on November 10th, 2019 | by Mark Dwyer


Aer Lingus Pilot Appointed Chair of Flight Safety Foundation Board

Capt. Conor Nolan, Director of Safety and Security at Aer Lingus, is the new Chairman of Flight Safety Foundation’s Board of Governors. The announcement was made last Monday in Taipei during the Foundation’s 72nd annual International Air Safety Summit.

Capt. Nolan, who is an Airbus A330 captain, succeeds Boeing Commercial Airplanes Vice President and Chief Engineer John Hamilton, whose two-year term as chairman ended with Sunday’s Board meeting in Taipei. Hamilton will continue to serve on the Foundation Board.

“I am honoured to have been chosen by my peers to carry on the important work of the Foundation,” said Nolan. “I want to thank John Hamilton for his leadership, which has seen the Board of the Foundation transformed, and I am excited about the next steps in re-establishing the Foundation as the leading voice of global aviation safety.”

Nolan began his career with Aer Lingus as a cadet pilot in 1989 and later became flight safety officer and then safety manager. He currently is responsible for all aspects of safety and security at Aer Lingus, including aviation security, occupational health and safety, and emergency response planning. He has served on the Foundation Board of Governors since 2015 and was treasurer before being elected chairman.

“I want to thank John Hamilton for his service to the Foundation and to aviation safety,” said Dr. Hassan Shahidi, president and CEO of the Foundation. “I’m looking forward to working with Conor on the Foundation’s global campaign to enhance aviation safety.”

Flight Safety Foundation is an independent, nonprofit, international organisation engaged in research, education, advocacy and communications to improve aviation safety. The Foundation’s mission is to connect, influence and lead global aviation safety. Their website is

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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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