Published on May 15th, 2022 | by Mark Dwyer


New Appointments at AerAdvise

Dublin based independent technical consulting and asset management company AerAdvise has announced two new appointments to its team. Mike Byrt has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer of Technical Operations effective 2nd May while John Whitty has been appointed as Special Advisor to the AerAdvise technical advisory committee effective 10th May.

Mike Byrt will report to Pat Toner Group CEO. Mike has over 35 years experience in the aviation industry and has most recently held the position of Technical Services Director & founder of the CAMO business inside the Atlantic Aviation Group since January 2017. Throughout the course of his long career, he has held a series of senior technical roles with international organisations including Shannon Aerospace (Lufthansa Group) & Part M Aviation.

Toner said: “Our AerAdvise business is poised for long-term growth, with an established operational platform Dublin and Ireland recognised as the international centre of excellence for aircraft leasing. Mike has overseen the transformation of several aviation technical businesses into global multi-tier service providers with sustainable, profitable portfolios of business and we are very pleased he will be leading AerAdvise into the next phase of its expansion.”

Byrt said: “AerAdvise is a fantastic technical consultancy platform to the aviation industry, with a targeted range of service streams, a wealth of talent and established reputations internationally. With market conditions improving markedly, I look forward to working with Pat and the broader operational team to grow the business further.”

John Whitty will also report to Pat Toner Group CEO as part of the technical advisory committee supporting the new COO Mr Mike Byrt and the larger AerAdvise business framework. Mr Whitty has been instrumental in the foundation and development of AerAdvise having held the position of Chief Technical Officer (CTO) since its formation.

Mr Whitty has been involved in aviation for many years firstly having begun his career with the Irish Air Corps and subsequently holding very senior roles both in local Irish & international aviation business beginning with AerLingus, Air Transport Division New Zealand, AerTuras, Schreiner Airways and Aergo Capital, to industry regulatory institutions such as the Irish Aviation Authority.

Toner said: “I am delighted that such an experienced and industry recognised expert such as John has accepted to remain and serve as part of our newly established technical advisory committee. The richness of the expertise and diversity that will be amassed in the group of experts who have accepted to give so generously with their time to serve as Special Advisers will undoubtedly make an important contribution to the work and mandate of the AerAdvise business. I welcome John as part of this team, and look forward to working closely with him and our other advisors going forward”.

Whitty said: “Having held the position of CTO with the AerAdvise business from its formation, I am delighted to further support the exciting next stage of its planned growth strategy as an advisor to its newly formed committee. I am very confident that Mike with his technical experience as COO will continue the impressive growth of the business built to date. I would also like to add that Pats vision & strategy for both AerAdvise and the broader group is very exciting and something I look forward to being a part of”.

AerAdvise is an independent technical consulting and asset management company serving high-value aircraft leasing clients around the world. The AerAdvise team comes with several decades of experience in aircraft leasing with some of the largest companies in 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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