Published on March 8th, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer


Squawk 7000 – Special Episode Recovering Irish Aviation

Welcome to this special episode of Squawk 7000, this time; we are taking a slightly different approach to the podcast in that we are bringing you a panel of pilots who between them have extensive experience in aviation in Ireland and overseas and who also share valuable insight into the future of aviation.

There is a growing sense of urgency amongst those whose career is in aviation; by contrast, there seems to be little urgency and few plans from those advising the government on how to recover the aviation sector and the jobs it supports.

A group of aviation professionals have founded Recover Irish Aviation. It provides a voice for the aviation community in Ireland following the economic devastation caused by the events of the last 12 months.

Joining us from Recover Irish Aviation are four Captains, Louise Gilroy actively flying at the moment, Simon Moody awaiting a type conversion which has stalled as a result of the pandemic; Sarah Louise Gibbons, who was a Captain on the RJ85 and a former Chief Flying Instructor pre covid and Daniel Langan a former Captain on the RJ85 pre covid now awaiting a transition to the A320 as a First Officer. 


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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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