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Published on November 28th, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer

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Squawk 7000 – The Kinsale Aviation Festival 2021

Welcome to another Squawk 7000 podcast, I’m just back from Kinsale, and it was a great pleasure to meet so many of our listeners – who all told me they like to listen to our podcast while walking – well, this week, get ready for a good healthy stroll as we have got a lot of people to talk to.

This weekend past saw Kinsale’s inaugural aviation festival, established to promote Ireland’s rich and extensive aviation history; The event was organised by the Flying Poet Aviation Café and Bookshop in Kinsale and supported by the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF), Goodbody Stockbrokers and Avolon…and as the event prepared for take-off on Saturday afternoon last I caught up with organisers Paulo Massolini and Joe Gill – we also hear from the recipients of its 2021 Aviation Valour Award to the crew: Lieut Col Eric Kut, Capt Cory Jackson, First Lieut Mark Lawson, Technical Sgt Justin Triola, Airman 1st class Nicolas Baron, Staff Sgt Derek Laurent and Senior Airman Richard Johnson, part of the sixth airlift squadron. They flew the refugees from Kabul to safety in difficult circumstances in an aircraft designed for a maximum of 336 passengers on humanitarian missions.

We also hear from author Michael Traynor, Michael Hickey Chair of the IHFF, Kevin Humphreys, a director of the IHFF, and from Karen O’Sullivan from the Irish Community Air Ambulance who benefited from fundraising from the 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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