Published on August 11th, 2022 | by Mark Dwyer


Aviation Regulator Resigns

IAA Chairman, Ms Rose Hynes has been informed by Diarmuid Ó’Conghaile that he is resigning his role as IAA Aviation Regulator / CEO Designate with effect from 31st October. He will take up a new opportunity in the European aviation sector.

Diarmuid Ó’Conghaile

Ms Hynes thanked Diarmuid for his enormous contribution towards the implementation of the Government’s Aviation Separation policy and wished him well in the future.

“This policy separates air navigation services and aviation regulation. It involves the establishment of a new air traffic management company, AirNav Ireland to manage air traffic control. The new IAA will be a new single independent aviation regulator, responsible for all aspects of civil aviation regulation in Ireland. It will include merging the Commission for Aviation Regulation (CAR) with the aviation regulation functions of the IAA to create.”

Mr Ó’Conghaile said it was a privilege to have a leadership role in the organisation at a time when the IAA was supporting the aviation sector through the disruption of the pandemic and building the new IAA and managing the ongoing regulation of the aviation sector. 

“Throughout my time working with the IAA and the Commission for Aviation Regulation (CAR), I have been struck by the depth of expertise and experience and the great commitment from everyone to serving the aviation sector and its consumers. I am grateful for having spent this time with the IAA and CAR and for what I have personally learnt during the period.”

It is the IAA Board’s intention to seek the commencement of a selection process to appoint a successor as soon as possible.

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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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