GLOBAL AFFAIRS MISSION TO DUBLIN IRELAND FEBRUARY 24-27
The final mission for fiscal year 2015 was recently successfully completed with participation of 4 flight schools: Calgary Flying Club, Ottawa Aviation Services, Super T Aviation and Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre. The mission focused on highlights establishing Canada-Ireland training partnerships with Canadian flight schools and Irish Approved Training Organizations (ATOs), Irish air operators and Irish student pilots who could potentially gain from these alliances. Highlights of the mission included site visits at the Atlantic Flight Training Academy in Cork, National Flight Centre at Weston Airport and face to face meetings with Aer Lingus and the Irish Aviation Authority.
Aviation training is an important export for Canada as we have decades of experience training international students. Many of them want to convert their licenses to the EASA license or to the IAA EASA license, whether they are European Union students, or they are returning to other countries that rely on the EASA standards for hiring their airline pilots.
In the final days of the mission the Canadian Ambassador to Ireland, His Excellency Kevin Vickers, hosted a business dinner for the delegation and invited Irish companies at the official residence. The final day of the mission was focused on the Careers Live Exhibition where mission participants manned the FlyCanada booth promoting Canadian flight training opportunities to over 500 Irish students and their parents.