Published on February 13th, 2020 | by Joe McDermott


Academy of Aviation

The Academy of Aviation has stated that 2019 was their busiest year to date, with more students than ever taking their highly successful induction courses at their dedicated training facilities next to Dublin Airport. Academy of Aviation founder Ruth Thewlis says “Our specially constructed 4-day induction courses are proving to be our most successful courses. They are designed to assist individuals get their first step on the aviation career ladder. We place a considerable emphasis on mentoring our students, giving them insight into their chosen pathway and guidance on application to the many airlines, airports and ground handling service providers with which we work closely. We don’t exceed 12 on our courses and deliver all training at our bespoke training facility which allows for excellent communication between tutor and student.”

Academy of Aviation Founder Ruth Thewlis

AOA most popular courses include:

  • Airport Passenger Service Induction (Including Check-In)
  • Cabin Crew Induction
  • Ramp Services Induction (Baggage Handling)
  • Flight Dispatcher Induction
Class Room with A320 Cabin Sim

Later this year, AOA plan to add Aircraft Marshaller and Ground Handlers to their induction course to their Syllabus. The AOA training facility includes and Airbus Cabin Crew Training Cabin Simulator, Mock Up Check-In desks as well as Aircraft Safety Equipment Training Zone. The Academy of Aviation is a founding member of The Aviation Training Group. Further details can be found on their website

The Safety Equipment Zone

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About the Author

Joe has worked in operations & business development with a number of Fixed Based Operators (FBO) including USA based companies Landmark Aviation & Universal Aviation. As founder of business airport/FBO focused consultancy Global FBO Consult he has worked on projects in Bahrain, France, India, Ireland, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Tanzania, UAE, United Kingdom & USA. The company specializes in providing cost effective solutions to assist airports, FBOs & ground handling companies grow efficiently & deal with the competition head on, allowing them to attract new customers, keep existing customers & generate maximum revenue. He is a contributor to many BizAv magazines including Business Airport International, Bluesky Business Aviation News, & has written feature articles for P1, historic aircraft magazine FlyPast and a regular contributor to Flying In Ireland. He is a founding member & CEO of the Irish Business Aviation Association (IrBAA), Honorary President of Runway Aviation Club Ghana, founder of Follow Me-Aircraft Marshallers & a “patched” member of the Commemorative Air Force Marshallers-Detachment in the USA.

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