Thursday, 14 March 2013

Aer Lingus & G-Mac Foundation partner to make dreams come true for young cardiac patients in Florida

Aer Lingus for the second year running has partnered with 2010 U.S Open champion Graeme McDowell's charitable organization, The G-Mac Foundation, to bring young patients from Ireland and their families, to Orlando, Florida for a trip of a lifetime. The children are all recovering cardiac patients of Our Ladies Children’s Hospital in Crumlin.

Aer Lingus sponsored the group of 35, which included seven children and their families from all over Ireland, traveling from Dublin to Orlando for a memorable holiday in Florida.

Aer Lingus Director of Communications Declan Kearney said “We are very proud to continue our partnership with the G-Mac foundation in providing these families with a trip of a lifetime. Graeme is a terrific role model for aspiring sports people through his activities on and off the golf course. His charity, the G-Mac Foundation, provides much needed support for kids and their families affected by illness. We are delighted to be part of it.”

Graeme McDowell said “The G-Mac Foundation is delighted to be able to put this trip together for all of these deserving children and their families. We hope it will be something that helps them on their path to full recovery. I’d also like to thank Aer Lingus for their continued support of this initiative.  I hope the children have a great holiday and I’m looking forward to hearing their stories when I see them during the week.”

Joe Quinsey of The Children’s Medical & Research Foundation at Our Ladies Children’s Hospital said “We all know Graeme as a world-leading golfer who has achieved the highest accolades in the game, but with this initiative to bring recovering young cardiac patients to Orlando for a dream holiday, Graeme, is truly giving those kids, and their families, an unforgettable experience that will stay with them for many years, helping ease their very long road to recovery. To those kids, and their families, GMac is more than a golfing legend, he’s their personal hero.”

The G-Mac Foundation’s mission is to support children’s medical research in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Florida, raising funds for much needed research in the area of children’s medicine.

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College Ireland Aviation Services:Certificate in Technical Aircraft Management

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Technical Aircraft Management Programme

This programme has been developed by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) and College Ireland in partnership with the Aviation Leasing Sector, where Ireland is a global leader.

Who is this programme intended for?

The programme is intended for people who wish to work as Technical Representatives in the Leasing Sector (or may already have some experience within the Sector), or for those who may be working for companies who have to interact with this Sector and want to have a better understanding of how it operates.

Likely participants will have a good technical knowledge of the industry and very often will be B1 or B2 Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineers or may be people with good experience in; Technical Records, Planning, Materials or MRO management.

Programme Duration 

We are planning to run this course in Dublin starting in April on the weekend of the 5th & 6th (and starting in Shannon a week later, 12th & 13th). Lectures will run on Friday evenings approx. 6.30-9.30 and all day Saturday for 10 weekends

Programme Accreditation

At the end of each week there will be an IAA/College Ireland examination and a certificate will be awarded.

Participants, who attend all stages of the programme, do the required assignments and successfully sit a number of examinations set by IT Carlow will qualify for a certificate awarded by IT Carlow “Special Purpose Award Certificate in Business in Technical Aircraft Management”. This award qualifies for 30 ETCS credits (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System). Graduates of the course may qualify for advanced entry into a BBS Honours Degree programme.

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CAE announces Four-year pilot supply agreement with Ryanair

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CAE announced on Tuesday 12th March it has concluded a series of long-term commercial training and services contracts valued at approximately C$245 million with GECAS, Jetblue Airways, LANTAM Airlines Group, Ryanair and Turkish Airlines.

CAE signed a new four-year training services agreement with Ryanair extending a training relationship that has been in place since 2001. The agreement includes the recruitment, selection, and type-rating training of an expected 1,000 new pilot cadets for the B737NG aircraft. Training will be conducted at CAE's training center in Amsterdam and at Ryanair's training centre at East Midlands airport in the UK.

CAE Group President, Civil Simulation Products, Training and Services Jeff Roberts said "These contracts are a testament to CAE's unique ability to offer end-to-end solutions to our airline customers, from ab-initio training to type-rating through to pilot sourcing, and long-term service agreements following the sale of simulator. We will continue to leverage the capabilities of our recently acquired Oxford Aviation Academy and Parc Aviation and our commercial training network in our commitment to being the partner of choice for airlines on every continent."

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