Published on February 19th, 2020 | by Mark Dwyer


Get FREE Tickets to Pilot Careers Live Dublin

FlyingInIreland are delighted to be supporting Pilot Careers Live Dublin again this year. To celebrate we have FREE tickets to give away to our readers. Simply follow this link and then use the promotional code FII20.

Pilot Careers Live (PCL) Dublin is Ireland’s biggest flight training event and is a must attend for anybody considering a career in aviation. Over the years PCL has expanded to include not just pilot training but other aspects of careers in the aviation industry including Air Traffic Control and the military. The Irish Aviation Students Association (IASA) will also be attending and they can provide advice about other areas of the industry such as leasing, engineering, finance etc. Licensing advice and guidance will be available from the Irish Aviation Authority Licensing section. The majority of exhibitors will be flight training organisations so it’s an excellent opportunity for budding pilots to identify and speak with schools about the training packages they offer. Aer Lingus and Cityjet will be there to discuss their pilot training requirements.

One area of PCL that has really developed over the years is the seminar programme which gives visitors the opportunity to listen to experts in the aviation industry about career prospects.

Seminar Programme

Pre Training Assessments and How to Ace Them
Margie Burns, Aviation Selection Consultants
How can you prepare for your assessments? What are the requirements? Why are potential pilots falling short? what can they do to improve their chances? Testing and assessments are a regular feature of your aviation career, from before you start training to your last sim check before retirement. Margie Burns from Aviation Selection Consultants is talking you through the process and a series of practical tips designed to get your aviation career off to a great start.
Pilot Officer – A Career in Military Aviation
Captain Steve Connolly, Irish Air Corps
Press and Public Relations Officer
Question Time
Get your questions answered.
Our panel of experts from a selection of ATOs will be challenged to succinctly answer the most popular questions posed by our visitors in our pre-event survey
Panelists confirmed:
Captain Sarah Bowen, Head of Training, Helicentre
Captain Kyle Johnston, Training and Compliance Manager, Atlantic Flight Training Academy
Lee Woodward, CEO, Skyborne 
Darragh Owens, Head of Training, National Flight Centre
Anthony Petteford, Managing Director, VA Airline Training
Who is the Modern Pilot?
Captain Marnie Munns
The aviation industry is evolving.  A diverse workforce is vital to ensure that the airlines stay ahead of their competition and meet their customers needs. How can you prepare yourself for this industry and stay one step ahead in this competitive environment.  Future proof your career.
Aer Lingus
Captain Karl O’Neill, Aer Lingus
Presenting a flying career with the Irish flagship carrier. Captain Karl O’Neill will discuss recruitment methods, selection criteria, routes to Flight deck careers and Pilot development opportunities within Aer Lingus.

PCL 2020 will be held at the Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin on Saturday 7th March from 10:00 until 16:00. If you’re interested in a career in aviation, whether you’re a student or looking for a career change, it’s highly recommended. For more information see

Confirmed Exhibitors

Aer Lingus Go to their website
Aerodynamics Academy Go to their website
Atlantic Flight Training Academy Go to their website
CAE Go to their website
Aviation Training Center of Tunisia (ATCT) Go to their website
CityJet Go to their website
FTE Jerez Go to their website
Helicentre Aviation Academy Go to their website
Irish Air Corps Go to their website
Irish Aviation Authority (Air Traffic Control Careers) Go to their website
Irish Aviation Authority (Licensing) Go to their website
Irish Aviation Student Association (IASA) Go to their website
Leading Edge Aviation Go to their website
National Flight Centre Go to their website
Pooleys Go to their website
Quadrant Pilot Go to their website
Simtech Aviation Go to their website
Skyborne Airline Academy Go to their website

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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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