Published on September 6th, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer


Squawk 7000 – When it comes to women flying it seems Mum and Dad are the main influencers and supporters!

Last weekend we were at the ILAS fly-in at their airfield in Wexford – this weekend I flew into Birr for the Annual Birr Breakfast Fly-In, which this year was in aid of the local St.Vincent De Paul. Over 40 aircraft flew in and while the hungry crews sat down to a full Irish Breakfast I spoke to some of the many women in aviation that were at the event from recently soloed students to experienced pilots and instructors.

Over €2,000 was raised from visitors on the ground and from the visiting aircraft who attended from all over Ireland, despite the challenging weather conditions. This figure will be added to funds already raised at other events this year to a total of over €252,000. Plans are now firmly in place that this will be an annual event.

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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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