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Published on October 17th, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer

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DCU and NFC Flight Training Partnership

A new partnership between DCU Business School and National Flight Centre (NFC) will see DCU students on the Aviation Management with Pilot Studies degree programme be able to complete their professional pilot training with National Flight Centre. Students choosing Pilot Studies as their preferred option on the course can now begin their pilot studies at the start of year 3, which will allow them to complete their B.Sc. and Airline Transport Pilot training within a 4-year period.

DCU Business School, Dr Cathal Guiomard commented: “A proportion of DCU aviation management students have always pursued pilot training and the link with NFC will make that easier in the future. In addition, trainee pilots of the NFC will be able to obtain a DCU degree in aviation management, so this partnership will benefit anyone looking for a combined pilot training and aviation management qualification.”

National Flight Centre, Head of Training, Darragh Owens commented: “There is growing international recognition that degree-level studies, combined with professional pilot education and training, can contribute significantly to the quality of candidates entering the airline industry. University experience and qualifications develop analytical skills and encourage a broader personal outlook. These enhance longer-term career prospects for pilots as they transition into management and wider leadership roles, while enriching the contribution of skill and competence they can bring to employers.”

NFC, based at Weston Airport, Dublin, has had a long-standing collaboration with DCU and is one of Europe’s longest established flight training academies.  Further information is available at www.nfc.ie and https://business.dcu.ie/course/aviation- management-aviation-management-with-pilot-studies/

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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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