Published on July 22nd, 2022 | by Alan Dwyer


Avtrain and Spright Sign an MoU for Pilot Training

This week at the Farnborough International Airshow, in the presence of An Táiniste Leo Varadakar, the Irish Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Spright and Avtrain signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate for EASA pilot and operator training and certification. This collaborative project will take place at the Future Mobility Campus, located in Shannon, Ireland. Avtrain is Europe’s leading Drone Pilot & Operator training and certification organisation, offering consultancy services for large scale projects.

The regulatory oversight of the project will be under the remit of the Irish Aviation Authority for the grant of their EASA operator certification. The planned project will commence with the first flights planned for the Fall of 2022 at FMCI, based at Shannon Airport, County Clare. The collaboration will include certification of pilots, unmanned aerial systems (UAS), use-case proof of market, business development, and airspace utilisation.

Pictured are (L-R) Steven Flynn, Director of Strategic  Programs, Spright (div. of Air Methods), Russell Vickers, CEO FMCI, Julie Garland, CEO Avtrain, Tom Kelly, Divisional Manager Industrial and Life Sciences, Enterprise Ireland and An Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar TD.

Commenting at the Farnborough Airshow, the Director of Strategic Projects at Spright, Steven Flynn said, “We are excited to collaborate for the advancement of the UAS industry and to begin bringing real world UAS deployments to local communities. The future vision for the UAS industry is to bring greener, more efficient solutions that solve supply chain issues around the globe. This project promises to advance Ireland as a technological innovator leading the world forward.”

Also commenting was the founder and CEO of Avtrain, Julie Garland who added, “Yet again Ireland is at the forefront in Europe leading the way in the UAS industry. The collaboration between Spright, Avtrain and FMCI, along with other strategic industry partners, will push the boundaries to the next level and Ireland will be at the forefront of innovation and excellence within this developing sector.”

And from the Future Mobility Campus Ireland, Russ Vickers added, “This project is a prime example of our vision for a collaborative ecosystem for UAS in Ireland. The growth in this ecosystem is gaining momentum and we are delighted that Spright and Avtrain have chosen FMCI as their home for collaboration.”

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