Published on January 5th, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer


Squawk 7000 – Are you a Drone pilot – what’s next in 2021? Julie Garland from Avtrain.ie on Drone regulations

Our guest this week is Julie Garland, she is currently the CEO of Avtrain. Avtrain certifies Drone pilots and Operators for all fixed-wing, hybrid, single and multi-rotor drones up to 75kgs. Avtrain currently holds an approval as a Registered Training Facility issued by the Irish Aviation Authority for the grant of a Pilot Competence Certificate and Specific Operations Permission.

Julie is a former Barrister at Law, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, an Airline Training Captain and Aircraft Maintenance Engineer and prior to undertaking her position as CEO of Avtrain she was the CEO of Thunder Tiger Aviation (TTA) and the former Director Compliance for Norwegian Air International. She is an Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) Authorised Examiner for all Drones up to 75kgs in the Helicopter, Multi-Rotor and Fixed Wing Categories for the grant of Pilot Competence Certificates and for Specific Operating Permissions and Co-Chair of the Unmanned Aircraft Association of Ireland.

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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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