Published on May 27th, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer


Squawk 7000 – How two Irish businesses help maintain Ireland as a world leader in leasing

This week we meet with Alan Phelan the founder and CEO of APTN.aero (Aircraft Professionals Technical Network) and Matt Gee who is COO of Six West, they provide ferry and flight operations services to the aircraft leasing community and airlines worldwide and are an enterprise member of the APTN.aero technical network. 

We talk with Matt and Alan about the current state of play in the commercial aviation world and how it impacts the technical side of flying aircraft. We also examine how the aircraft technical sector is a crucial part of the aviation industry in Ireland and how we need to stay ahead of the competition to maintain Ireland’s leading role in aircraft leasing worldwide.”

This podcast was recorded at Bloom HQ in Mountrath, County Laois, one of a number of new Digital and Community Enterprise Hubs around the country where you’ll see many aviation businesses blooming in the future in a post-Covid environment.

sixwestservices.com & https://aptn.aero/

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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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