Published on January 27th, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer


Squawk 7000 – Michael Traynor – Petticoat Pilots – Women Aviators Ireland 1909-1939

This week we’re talking with author and pilot Michael Traynor. Michael is the author of two large, hardback volumes totalling around 600 pages, including almost 800 images, called Petticoat Pilots from 1909 to 1939.

Michael tells the stories of twelve trail-blazing women. He spent eight years researching the lives of these women. With an introduction by no less than the president, Michael D. Higgins, it’s a remarkable piece of work.  Michael joined me from his home, and before we talked about his latest book, I was curious about his own flying career.

More information on the book is available at https://petticoatpilots.com/

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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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