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Published on January 26th, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer


New Microlight Flying School for the Northwest

Northern Light Aviation is a new microlight school serving the Northwest based at the City of Derry Airport. The CFI Peter Durrans is an experienced instructor and has been flying since 2002. He has amassed in excess of 4500 hours of flight instruction on microlight aircraft throughout the U.K., Ireland and Europe.

The new school will operate an Ikarus C42, a spacious, comfortable, factory built training aircraft. Northern Light Aviation will be offering training towards the U.K. NPPL microlight licence, bi-annual license revalidation and the BMAA advanced strip skills diploma.

The City of Derry Airport base offers fantastic facilities as well as full air traffic control and integration with medium sized commercial aircraft. Commenting on the launch of the new school, CFI Peter Durrans said: “It will give students a massive head start to be operating from a regional airport facility with all the benefits and practice that it will bring. It will develop confidence in dealing with ATC, broadening student experience for their future flying endeavours. City of Derry has its own charms being the only commercial airfield in the U.K. and one of a handful in Europe not to have controlled airspace and accept medium sized commercial jets. The surroundings are stunning nestled at the mouth of the Foyle between the mountains of Donegal and the Sperrins, the regular tourist route of Mussendon temple, Giant’s causeway and the Carrick a rede rope bridge are only a few minutes flying time away.”

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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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