Published on November 20th, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer


Ireland leading the way in eVTOL Pilot Training

This week at the Dubai Airshow, a historic partnership between three leading Irish organisations – ASG, VectorCap, and Avtrain was announced to create Europe’s first electric vertical take-off & landing (eVTOL) aircraft Approved Pilot Training Organisation.

VertX Aero will become a key enabler for the future safe use of electric urban air mobility aircraft (referred to as eVTOL aircraft) through robust Pilot training. This new organisation combines the strengths of the three organisations which already have proven track records and industry-wide recognition as leading approved providers of aviation training, compliance and oversight, and commercial development and growth. 

The primary objectives of VertX Aero are:

  1. To develop the standards for the UAS Certified category and in particular the pilot licencing and Operator Approvals for eVTOL aircraft and all aircraft operating in the UAS Certified Category. 
  2. To offer online and in person training and certification for pilots and operators in the UAS Certified category for both theoretical knowledge and practical competences towards the grant of an initial EASA licence.
  3. To offer continuous appraisal, checking and retraining for pilots and operators in the UAS Certified category for both theoretical knowledge and practical competences towards the renewal of EASA licence and Air Operator Certification.
  4. To provide consultancy to eVTOL manufacturers for the flight testing of prototype aircraft and their introduction to commercial flight operations.

Speaking today co-founder Julie Garland said “We have entered a new era of Aerial Mobility with eVTOL aircraft and bringing the expertise and combined experience of these 3 company’s together ensures the standards and equivalent level of safety of manned aviation. This heralds a new era of hybrid helicopter and fixed wing pilots and the timely release of EASA NPA 2021-12 on New Air Mobility will give the required regulatory structure.”

Fellow Co-Founder Hugo McNulty says “VectorCap is excited to partner with Avtrain and ASG to further the development of drone pilot training advancements and establish the worlds first eVTOL Pilot training centre of excellence. This turnkey solution will offer new air operator entrants access to airline pilot quality training and examination of their eVTOL aircrew, to ensure the highest operational safety standards, in this exciting new industry.”

Co-Founder Diarmuid O’Riordan says “We look forward to working hand in hand with regulators across the world to assist with the development of new regulations, safety risk management and compliance protocols, operational procedures, Air Traffic Management (ATM) solutions, and robust training courses to support the safe introduction of electric urban air mobility, and to become the industry’s leading training provider in this new, innovative, and environmentally friendly era of urban air transportation”.

Pictured above are (L-R) Leo Clancy, CEO Enterprise Ireland, Hugo MacNulty, Principal VectorCap, Julie Garland, CEO Avtrain, An Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar TD, Diarmuid O’Riordan, Founder ASG, Ambassador Aidan Cronin, UAE and Alan O’Mahony, International Market Advisor, MENA, Enterprise Ireland. 

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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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