Published on December 5th, 2020 | by Mark Dwyer


New Book – 50 Year Journey in the Sky

Cork Airport based pilot Pat Punch celebrates 50 years of flying this year and to celebrate he has written a book to document his memories and experiences during that time. Pat started flying in 1970 with Munster Aero Club at Cork Airport and was a founding member of Centenary Flying Group in 2003. They have been flying Cessna 172, appropriately registered G-EICK, since 2007. That particular aircraft is featured on the cover of this book.

In November Pat celebrated 50 year’s flying light aircraft and the book, written entirely since the first COVID lockdown in March, is about that ’50 year journey in the sky’.

The proceeds from the book are for two very worthy causes, Marymount Hospice, Cork and Cork ARC-Cancer Support House. The book is available from the Atlantic Flight Training Academy (AFTA) Head Office and from Vibes ‘n Scribes, Cork City at €10.00 per copy. It can also be purchased via email for €10.00 + €2.50 P&P by contacting wan@cprint.ie

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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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