Published on March 15th, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer


Squawk 7000 – From Airbus to Tractor

Pilot Kieran O’Regan talks about how he is dealing with the pandemic effects on his flying career.

In a previous Long Final episode, we looked at how the pandemic changed the lives and livelihoods of thousands of people in aviation almost in an instant. It’s now over a year since government health measures saw aircraft and their crews grounded and furloughed.

Kieran O’Regan has been a pilot with Aer Lingus for the last five years, which he, like many in aviation, sees as a passion more than a job. However, now he is working as a farming contractor and has swapped the right-hand seat of an Airbus A320 for a tractor’s cab.

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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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