Published on October 23rd, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer


ASG & Simtech Aviation Host Event for Trainee Airline Pilots

ASG and Simtech Aviation hosted an event on 16th October for trainee Airline Pilots where they had a unique opportunity to fly the Boeing 737-800 simulator for free. It was a fantastic day for all of those involved with attendees receiving plenty of free merchandise, refreshments and snacks, and of course some hands on time practising to fly the Boeing 737-800. Numbers for the event were very limited and all students were required to hold a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) in order to secure their place.

ASG founder & MD, Diarmuid O’Riordan, commented after the event: “It was fantastic to meet so many like minded people with a shared passion for the aviation industry. We all engaged with each other and had some great conversations and exchanges. We shared our own views on everything from future flight training options, airline recruitment, and the likely future trajectory of the industry. These past 18 months have been so challenging for anyone involved in the aviation industry and it was just great to finally be able to hold an in-person event. For me, personally, it was particularly nice to be able to meet, for the very first time, those many new ASG students who have put their faith in us for their ATPL theory training throughout the pandemic. Another major highlight was being able to see one of our former ASG students, John Murtagh, coach a current ASG student (Gary Freeman) on how to land the Boeing 737! Given the success of the recent event, and the fact that we could not facilitate everyone’s attendance due to the limited numbers, we certainly intend on holding many more events like this in the future”.

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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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