Published on March 22nd, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer


Squawk 7000 – Not all flights are the same – especially technical ones!

We’re talking with Donal Young of TFS – Technical Flight Solutions. Technical Flight Solutions is a full-service Specialised Operations Organisation focusing on the area of maintenance check flights, elective check flights and acceptance (pre and post-delivery) flights. The TFS team is led by an experienced group of operational, training and regulatory leaders who have worked with major airlines and the leading aircraft manufacturers today. On this podcast, we talk with one of the founders Donal Young. Donal is the Accountable Manager at TFS and also holds the post of Nominated Person Flight Operations.

Donal has been involved in aviation for over three decades, as a pilot, he has accumulated over 15,000 hours flying aircraft such as the Fokker 50, Boeing 737, Airbus 320 and 330. Donal has worked extensively with a major middle-eastern carrier in the delivery of A320 and A330 aircraft and has completed the Airbus In-Service Aircraft Test Flight Training Program.

It’s an interesting story of the world of regulation, delivery, acceptance and ferry flights.


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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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