Published on August 29th, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer


ASG Completes 2-week Training Course for the Irish Coastguard

Dublin based ATO, ASG, have delivered an intensive two-week Search and Rescue (SAR) Aviation Tasking & Co-ordination course to their partners at the Irish Coast Guard (IRCG). This is 8th SATaC course that has been successfully conducted for the IRCG.

The aim of the course was to provide in-depth theoretical knowledge in subjects relevant to SAR Aviation Tasking and Co-ordination (SATaC). Some of the subjects included: Operational Risk Management, Meteorology, Navigation and map-reading, Principles of Flight / Mass & Balance, Flight Planning, Air Law, Communications, Operational Procedures, Human Factors and Crew Resource Management (CRM), SAR Operations, Fatigue Risk Management and Flight Time Limitations.

The company said: “We are very proud to be assisting Ireland’s front line services with critical training of this nature. Over the past two years, we have built up significant expertise and experience in delivering courses for customers remotely and we were delighted to be able to use this expertise to provide this vital training to the Irish Coast Guard which co-ordinates all Search and Rescue (SAR) services for Ireland 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.”

Main photo above taken on a previous course, pre-COVID.

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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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