Published on February 26th, 2023 | by Mark Dwyer


ASG Expands Training Partnership with the Irish Coast Guard

ASG is proud to have expanded its close training partnership with the Irish Coast Guard (IRCG), Ireland’s SAR and Maritime Safety Agency. They have recently developed, and successfully delivered, the organisation’s first recurrent training programme for Watch Officers engaged in Search & Rescue (SAR) aircraft tasking.

The partnership with the IRCG began almost five years ago when ASG began working closely with their team on the development of a bespoke Search & Rescue Tasking and Coordination (SATAC) training course for their personnel.

Since the development of this initial course, they have successfully delivered this specialised training course to over 100 Watch Officers across 11 two-week courses. They have also welcomed visiting course participants from a variety of external agencies including the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA), the UK HM Coast Guard, and the Garda Air Support Unit (GASU).

Participants in this recurrent training course had previously completed the full SATAC course and this new course was specifically designed to refresh participant knowledge. The course included Operational Risk Management, Emergency Response Planning, Meteorology, Navigation and map-reading, Flight Planning, Air Law, Communications, SAR operating procedures, Flight Time Limitations, Human Factors and Crew Resource Management (CRM).

As one of Ireland’s frontline “blue light” service, the IRCG’s mission is to deliver a world-class SAR, maritime casualty, and pollution response service to the Irish coastline – ASG are proud to support them with this safety-critical training as they deliver on their mission to co-ordinate all Search & Rescue services in Ireland, 24 hours per day and 365 days per year.

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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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