DIT and National Flight Centre to develop programmes for pilots

22nd July 2010

The DIT College of Engineering and Built Environment and the National Flight Centre have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a view to developing a dedicated degree programme for airline pilots.

Following discussions between the National Flight Centre and the Department of Transport Engineering in DIT, it was agreed to strengthen links between both organisations and to build on areas of common interest.  The National Flight Centre is based at Weston Airport near Dublin and is Ireland?s largest flight Training Organisation, with a fleet of 8 Cessna 150/152s, 5 Cessna 172's, a Cessna 172RG, a Piper Cub and a Beech 76 Duchess.  The Department of Transport Engineering in DIT provides a range of courses to meet the requirements of the Irish Aerospace industry, from aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul apprenticeships to Private Aircraft Pilot?s licenses.   Through listening closely to the needs of the Irish aviation industry in general, new courses are continually being developed, adapted to the changing needs of the industry.

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Dr. Mike Murphy Director and Dean College of Engineering & Built Environment
and Captain Kieran O?Connor Managing Director National Flight Centre.  2nd July 2010

The NFC has been teaching pilots for over thirty years. It has established links with the world?s largest and most successful airlines. Many of its graduates now hold training positions in these airlines.

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National Flight Centre based at Weston Airport

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Captain Julie Gartland, Captain Kieran O?Connor, and
Dr Mike Murphy in the FNPT II Flight Simulator at the NFC.

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