Published on December 19th, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer


Squawk 7000 – 75 Years of Galway Flying Club

The Galway Flying Club is the longest-operating flying Club in the country, founded in 1946 and based initially in Oranmore. 2021 is an exciting year in the history of Irish aviation as Galway Flying Club celebrates 75 years. Due to the present Covid situation, the Club cannot celebrate this achievement as they would like, but this week on the podcast, we hear from Ian Fennell, Chairperson of the Club and Cormac Carey, the Head of Training. We’ll also hear some voices from among the club members, including Patrick Richards, JP Reynolds and Bridie Mitchell.

Western Wings: The Story of Galway Flying Club


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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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