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Published on April 16th, 2016 | by Mark Dwyer


RAeS Lecture: “Drones: Aviation’s Wild Child”

RAeS Lecture: “Drones: Aviation’s Wild Child” – 20APR/WE from Paul Gorey


SPEAKER:       Mr Mark Prendergast

                        IAA RPAS/Drone Examiner & Flight Instructor/Aer Lingus A330 Pilot

                        RPAS = Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems

TITLE:              “Drones: Aviation’s Wild Child “


DATE:              Wednesday 20th April 2016 at 8pm 


VENUE:             Abbey Room, Wynn’s Hotel Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1.



In addition to being a drone enthusiast and drone service entrepreneur, Mark is an RPAS Flight Examiner with the IAA and Chief RPAS Instructor at RPAS Training International ( His RPAS regulatory knowledge sees him working on RPAS Working Groups at a national level with the IALPA Safety & Technical Committee and at the European level with the European Cockpit Association (ECA). Having honed his skills as a pilot instructor in the Irish Air Corps he now flies commercial long haul with Aer Lingus.


Drones are the current tech fad and their potential seem limited only by imagination. Consumer and commercial users are ramping up their adoption of drones while big business and research funding is starting to pour in. But who are these drone operators and where do they come from? In this presentation Mark will introduce drones and look at what they do, how they fly and what if any the impact on the traditional manned aviation sector will be.


Members and Non-Members Welcome !

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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