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Published on December 7th, 2020 | by Mark Dwyer

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The Airline Pilot Club Announces Partnership with VA Airline Training

Dublin based Airline Pilot Club (APC) and VA Airline Training (VA) based at Cambridge have announced the launch of a partnership that is aimed at providing aspirant airline pilots with professional guidance and high-quality training as they move along their route to an airline pilot career. APC has established an 8-step process that guides people and their families through all the key issues associated with becoming an airline pilot. VA has earned a reputation for providing high-quality Airline Pilot Standard Multi-Crew Co-ordination (APS MCC) pilot training and has partnerships with a growing list of airlines.

APC’s process provides APC members with access to an online assessment of their suitability for the airline pilot career as well as practical assistance in creating a Personal Development Plan so that they are ready to approach an airline with confidence. APC members can access powerful insurance policies to assist them in securing funding for their pilot training. A key element of the APC process is to connect its members with high quality Approved Training Organisations (ATO) such as VA. 

APC founders, along with VA Managing Director Anthony Petteford FRAeS have unrivalled experience and connections in the airline industry. This partnership will allow them to leverage these unique resources so that APC members and VA trainees benefit from introductions to well-known airlines throughout Europe and the best possible start to an airline pilot career.

Commenting on the announcement, APC founder and CEO, Captain Andy O’Shea said “We are very pleased to be announcing the launch of our partnership with VA Airline Training. I am very aware of the quality that Anthony Petteford and his team provide VA cadets. VA provides one of the best APS MCC courses on the market and we are excited to give our members access to these and other VA training services at preferential rates; available only to APC members.

On behalf of VA, Anthony Petteford said: “Having worked with both Andy and Petter over many years, we share a kindred spirit in providing genuine competency-based training based upon an ethical commitment to our cadets and experienced pilot customers.  It is a natural extension to these relationships that we should work together in this exciting new venture in partnership”

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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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