Published on March 3rd, 2020 | by Mark Dwyer


Inaugural Graduation Ceremony at AFTA

AFTA were pleased to welcome back past graduates for AFTA’s 2020 Graduation Ceremony. It was an important day marking the achievements of graduates now employed as first officers across Europe including with AFTA partner airlines Ryanair and Stobart Air. The Ceremony was hosted by AFTA’s third level education partner Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) in the newly refurbished Rory Gallagher Theatre.

CIT and AFTA have collaborated to create the ‘International Business with Aviation Studies Programme’, which was recognised at the recent 2020 Education Awards. Dr. Fenton was on hand to open proceedings for the Graduation Ceremony, handing over to Head of Training and CEO Captain Mark J Casey who welcomed the many family, partners and friends of graduates who had travelled from all over Ireland and Europe to attend this special day.

After speeches from AFTA senior instructors and guest speakers, all graduates were invited on to stage where they were met with a rapturous round of applause as they were presented with their Graduation Certificates. During the speeches, the pivotal role that families, partners and friends have played in supporting graduates during their training to achieve their goals was acknowledged and words of wisdom were shared. The Graduation Ball that followed the day’s events was held in the Rochestown Park Hotel.

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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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