General Aviation

Published on March 3rd, 2022 | by Mark Dwyer


FunFly Aerosports Launch Pilot Wings Award

FunFly Aerosports Flying Club, based at Clonbullogue (EICL) Co. Offaly, have launched a Pilot Wings scheme to encourage new and experienced general aviation pilots to continue to develop their skills and qualifications. The scheme is open to all pilots, not just FunFly members, and encourages upskilling & development for PPL’s with skill exercises, hours flown and evidence of additional training. There are three levels of award, Bronze, Silver and Gold, with various targets set to achieve each level. Wings are awarded either by post or at the annual wings event. See the video at the bottom of this article for more details.

There are four elements to each level:

  • Cross-country
  • Total and PIC Flying Hours
  • Safety Seminar Attendance
  • Pilot Achievement

Cross Country





Cross-country distance




Number of Takeoffs/Landings




Flying Hours





Total Flight Time (Single Engine)

100 hours

200 hours

300 hours

Total PIC Time (Single Engine)

50 hours

150 hours

250 hours

Safety Seminars

  • GASCI Safety Evening
  • FunFly Aerosports Safety Event
  • GASCo Safety Evening

(Others may be added to the list from time to time. If you would like to attend another event you think may be suitable, please get in touch and we will evaluate whether it’s suitable for inclusion)

Pilot Achievement

  • Tailwheel differences training
  • Strip Flying Endorsement
  • Night Rating
  • Sea Plane Rating
  • Instrument Rating
  • Instructor Certificate
  • Licence Upgrade (e.g. microlight to National PPL, LAPL to PPL etc.)
  • Formation Flying Qualification
  • Display Authorisation
  • Conversion onto three distinct types of aircraft (e.g. Savannah to Ventura, C152 to C172, C172 to PA28 etc.)

Any two differences training from the following list will count as one Pilot Achievement

  • Retractable undercarriage
  • Variable Pitch / Constant Speed Propeller
  • Turbocharger
  • Pressurisation
  • Single Lever Power Control
  • EFIS

Some additional qualifications/achievements may be accepted at the discretion of FunFly Aerosports. Any qualifications achieved outside of General Aviation will not qualify (e.g. B737 or A320 type rating).

For further information and to register to join the scheme, please visit

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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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