Published on November 29th, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer


National Flight Centre Launch Helicopter Pilot Training

National Flight Centre Pilot Academy has announced it has been approved by the IAA for the provision of Helicopter Pilot training. The training will take place at NFC’s Academy based at Weston Airport in their Robinson R44 type helicopters.

NFC’s Chief Flight Instructor (H), Donal Loughnane, said “we are seeing an increasing number of students wishing to pursue helicopter Pilot training. We have purpose built classrooms for lectures and pre and post flight briefing rooms and we provide the student with qualified instructors for the ground school subjects. As our facilities are approved by the IAA, students can undergo the EASA examinations conveniently in-house at the NFC training centre. NFC have been providing helicopter charter services for a number of years and is a licensed AOC operator, approved and registered by the IAA. Helicopter Pilot training is a natural extension to our existing helicopter activities”. 

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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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