Published on July 1st, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer


Squawk 7000 – The Flying Poet

In conversation with Pilot Paolo Massolini, born in Zambia, living in Kinsale.

Our guest this week was born in Zambia, went solo illegally at 15 years and 1 month and started flying professionally in 1983 for a charter company in Zambia. He later flew in Botswana then in South Africa for a charter company Safair Freighters on the C130 and then eventually for South African Airways on the Boeing Fleet 737 and 747 and the Airbus A340, A330 and A320. He is now in Kinsale in Ireland where he owns the Flying Poet. https://flyingpoet.ie/

Paolo is also one of the founders of a well-known aviation establishment in Johannesburg, the Hi-Flyerz Aviation Bar. The Flying Poet Aviation Café aims to promote awareness and create enthusiasm for aviation in Ireland. The paraphernalia in the café provides a good insight into all spheres of aviation.

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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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