Published on November 27th, 2020 | by Mark Dwyer


GFTS & APC Announce Partnership

Irish owned Florida based flight school Global Flight Training Solutions (GFTS) and Dublin based Airline Pilot Club (APC) have announced the launch of a partnership which will provide APC members access to a perfect location for their hour building. APC members will be able to build their hours in the wonderful surroundings of Immolakee Airport (KIMM) in Florida, USA. Immolakee is excellently located in the Sunshine State and with GFTS providing the service, students will get high quality, safe opportunities to accumulate flying time quickly and at an excellent price.

Commenting on the announcement, APC founder and CEO, Captain Andy O’Shea said: “This partnership with GFTS provides APC members with even more options to progress their airline pilot training. In choosing GFTS as our first ATO outside the EU we are confident that the combination of Victor Costello’s experience as a Captain in Ryanair and his commitment to quality and safety will be optimum for APC members. In extending the geographic spread of our ATO partners outside the EU and EASA environment, APC is underlining its determination to provide a global service to people who want to become an airline pilot.

Commenting on the announcement, GFTS Managing Director, Victor Costello said: “We at GFTS are delighted to partner with The Airline Pilot Club, a pioneer in the aviation industry. We look forward to adding to their range of training products for aspiring pilots and maintaining the high standard of excellence that APC provides.”

For information on APC visit their website at and for more information on GFTS visit

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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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