Published on December 6th, 2020 | by Mark Dwyer


ASG Delivers SAR Tasking Course to Emergency Services

Dublin based Approved Training Organisation, ASG, has recently completed the delivery of an intensive two-week Search and Rescue (SAR) Aviation Tasking & Co-ordination course to members of the Irish Coast Guard (IRCG), An Garda Síochána, and the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA).

The aim of the course was to provide in-depth theoretical knowledge in subjects relevant to SAR Aviation Tasking and Co-ordination (SATaC). Some of the subjects included: Operational Risk Management, Meteorology, Navigation and map-reading, Principles of Flight / Mass & Balance, Flight Planning, Air Law, Communications, Operational Procedures, Human Factors and Crew Resource Management (CRM), SAR Operations, Fatigue Risk Management and Flight Time Limitations.

“We are very proud to be assisting Ireland’s front line services with critical training of this nature: eight of our instructors were involved using videoconferencing technologies. We have a team of 20+ instructors who are operational in the aviation industry and include: current airline pilots, type rating instructors, helicopter / SAR Pilots, aircraft and avionics technicians, human factors specialists, military pilot instructors, aeronautical engineers, and air traffic controllers.”

Over the past few months they have built up significant expertise and experience in delivering courses for customers remotely and were delighted to be able to use this expertise to provide this vital training to the Irish Coast Guard which co-ordinates all Search and Rescue (SAR) services for Ireland 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.

ASG specialise in the delivery of Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) Theoretical Knowledge courses.

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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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