Published on January 18th, 2022 | by Mark Dwyer


Squawk 7000 – Go Around and listen to Victor Costello – flying the flag in Florida

Listen again to one of our more popular episodes on Go Around. Our guest Victor Costello has experienced success as a professional athlete playing senior rugby throughout the 1990s until his retirement in 2005. He won 39 caps for Ireland between 1996 and 2004. He also made 126 appearances in the Leinster shirt. 

Victor was part of the Irish team at the 2003 Rugby World Cup; a former five-time Irish shot put champion, he took part in the 1992 summer Olympics in Barcelona, that was followed by a career as a professional pilot flying the Boeing 737, and he has now set up an Irish flying school in Florida – Global Flight Training Solutions which offers hour building packages for pilots from around the world.

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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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