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Ireland leading the way in eVTOL Pilot Training

Dubai Airshow – 16th November. [Press Release] Today a historic partnership between three leading Irish organisations – ASG, VectorCap, and Avtrain to create Europe’s first electric vertical take-off & landing (eVTOL) aircraft Approved Pilot Training Organisation, VertX Aero was launched with An Tánaiste Leo Varadkar at the Dubai Airshow. 

Pictured are (L-R) Leo Clancy, CEO Enterprise Ireland, Hugo MacNulty, Principal VectorCap, Julie Garland, CEO Avtrain, An Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar TD, Diarmuid O’Riordan, Founder ASG, Ambassador Aidan Cronin, UAE and Alan O’Mahony, International Market Advisor, MENA, Enterprise Ireland.

This agreement heralds in a new era of Pilot training. VertX Aero will become a key enabler for the future safe use of electric urban air mobility aircraft (referred to as eVTOL aircraft) through robust Pilot training. This new organisation combines the strengths of the three organisations which already have proven track records and industry-wide recognition as leading approved providers of aviation training, compliance and oversight, and commercial development and growth. 

The primary objectives of VertX Aero are:

  1. To develop the standards for the UAS Certified category and in particular the pilot licencing and Operator Approvals for eVTOL aircraft and all aircraft operating in the UAS Certified Category. 
  2. To offer online and in-person training and certification for pilots and operators in the UAS Certified category for both theoretical knowledge and practical competencies towards the grant of an initial EASA licence.
  3. To offer continuous appraisal, checking and retraining for pilots and operators in the UAS Certified category for both theoretical knowledge and practical competencies towards the renewal of EASA licence and Air Operator Certification.
  4. To provide consultancy to eVTOL manufacturers for the flight testing of prototype aircraft and their introduction to commercial flight operations.

Speaking today co-founder Julie Garland said “We have entered a new era of Aerial Mobility with eVTOL aircraft and bringing the expertise and combined experience of these 3 company’s together ensures the standards and equivalent level of safety of manned aviation. This heralds a new era of hybrid helicopter and fixed-wing pilots and the timely release of EASA NPA 2021-12 on New Air Mobility will give the required regulatory structure.”

Fellow Co-Founder Hugo McNulty says “VectorCap is excited to partner with Avtrain and ASG to further the development of drone pilot training advancements and establish the worlds first eVTOL Pilot training centre of excellence.

This turnkey solution will offer new air operator entrants access to airline pilot quality training and examination of their eVTOL aircrew, to ensure the highest operational safety standards, in this exciting new industry.”

Co-Founder Diarmuid O’Riordan says “We look forward to working hand in hand with regulators across the world to assist with the development of new regulations, safety risk management and compliance protocols, operational procedures, Air Traffic Management (ATM) solutions, and robust training courses to support the safe introduction of electric urban air mobility, and to become the industry’s leading training provider in this new, innovative, and environmentally friendly era of urban air transportation”.

About ASG

 ASG is an Approved Training Organisation of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) permitted to deliver aviation training up to and including Air Transport Pilot Licence theory training. Since its foundation in Dublin (Ireland) in 2015, the company quickly established itself as one of Europe’s leading aviation training organisations with a reputation for providing high-quality training to student pilots and airline customers alike. 

ASG was one of the first aviation training providers in Europe to receive approval to deliver all of its regulated classroom training via remote means; their learning facilities are equipped with 4K webcams and RØDE broadcast quality microphones. With its unique hybrid classroom concept, customers can now even choose to flexibly alternate between both physical and remote classroom attendance throughout their learning journey. Aside from the many satisfied student pilots, the company also delivers a variety of specialised aviation training courses such as Flight Operations and dispatch, Crew Resource Management (CRM), Search & Rescue (SAR) tasking, Ramp operator, Flight Time Limitations (FTL) & Fatigue Risk Management (FRM), and Crew Control. Recent ASG customers include: Aer Lingus, Norwegian Air, SAS (Scandinavian Airlines), the Irish Coastguard, Aramark, the Irish Air Corps, Simtech Aviation, Stobart Air, ASL Airlines, Aluminium Offshore, Hibernian Airlines, DAS Private Jets, Enrst & Young, Catraeus Aircraft, American Aviation Academy, and Cityjet to name but a few.

ASG are online at https://www.asg.ie

About Avtrain

 Avtrain is setting the standards for others to follow. Their mission is to encourage prolific drone operations and keep the skies safe through certification and the highest standards of training. They live by the 3D’s – If it is Dull, Dirty or Dangerous then a drone should be doing it. Innovation is the core of Avtrain and they see the development of training through VR, AI & AR as futuristic yet realistic.

Avtrain certifies Drone pilots and Operators for all fixed-wing, hybrid, single and multi-rotor drones in all weight categories. They hold an approval as an EASA Recognised Entity issued by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) for theoretical knowledge, practical training & assessments and recommendations to the Authority for the grant of EASA Open A2 and all Specific Category Authorisations, Declarations & Light UAS operator Certificate. 

Avtrain is based at the Guinness Enterprise Centre, Dublin 8 and carries out practical training and assessments at multiple bases across Ireland. 

We are online at www.avtrain.aero

About VectorCap

VectorCap, an Irish based aerospace investment manager is seeking to invest and partner with SME businesses exclusively in the aviation and aerospace industries. Recently established by commercial airline pilot Hugo MacNulty with further backing from family, the co-founders of Prem Group.

Hugo has over 20 years of commercial aviation experience with a leading European airline and a background in finance and commercial real estate. 

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A chance to save money

The IAA have reduced their fees for Specific Category Operational Authorisations for PDRA-S01 from €290 to €100 until the end of November, 2021 so make sure to take advantage of this. To be able to take on this opportunity you must join our course on 25th and 26th of November.

If you need any information on converting your SOP/PCC over to an EASA Authorisation before the end of 2021 please do not hesitate to contact our team at train@avtrain.aero to discuss the Open Category vs Specific Category Authorisations and which of them meets your needs.

Join our training on the 25th and 26th of November.

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Catch our CEO, Julie Garland, talking with the eVTOL Insights Podcast host, Jason Pritchard, about certifying drones and an exciting proof-of-concept trial with a global logistics company in Ireland.

In this episode from the eVTOL Insights Podcast our CEO, Julie Garland, was delighted to join host Jason Pritchard to talk about all the work Avtrain has been doing in Ireland to encourage prolific drone operations and keep the skies safe through certification and the highest standards of training.

She expanded on the different projects she and the team have been doing this year and also gives her thoughts on the growing industry so far. Julie also talks to the sVTOL Insights podcast host about an exciting partnership with one of the world’s biggest logistics providers as part of a proof-of-concept.

 

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Skyports, Future Mobility Campus Ireland, Avtrain and Shannon Group join forces to bring advanced air mobility to Ireland [Press Release]

Back in May,2021 – Skyports, Future Mobility Campus Ireland, Avtrain and Shannon Group have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish Ireland’s first passenger and cargo vertiport. The partnership will work towards launching an operational vertiport at Shannon’s FMCI campus in 2022, thereby encouraging participation and investment in Ireland’s Advanced Aerial Mobility (AAM) industry. The long-term goal is the establishment of Ireland’s first air taxi service and routine beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) drone operations.

Those collaborating in this venture are: Skyports, the world’s leading passenger air taxi and cargo drone vertiport provider; Future Mobility Campus Ireland (FMCI), Ireland’s first testbed for future mobility located next to Shannon Airport; Avtrain, Europe’s leading drone training and certification body; and Shannon Group’s International Aviation Services Centre, which supports and promotes one of Ireland’s largest aviation clusters located at Shannon.

The consortium has begun working towards launching beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) proof-of- concept operations as early as September 2021. These flights will demonstrate the viability of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and highlight the benefits that research and investment in AAM will bring to urban and rural areas of Ireland.

Duncan Walker, CEO at Skyports, said: “This partnership provides a launch pad for Ireland’s advanced air mobility market. To be contributing at this early stage demonstrates the criticality of vertiport infrastructure to the success of the industry. Participating alongside a group of such high calibre organisations puts us in a strong position to kick-start the project, providing the perfect mix of expertise to make our AAM plans a reality.”

Russell Vickers, CEO at Future Mobility Campus Ireland, said: “Ireland and this region, in particular, has a huge potential to shape future research and development of Advanced Aerial Mobility. This partnership demonstrates the belief in that potential. The development of a vertiport in conjunction with a UAV testing area provides a natural extension to the capabilities of the Future Mobility Campus. The ecosystem continues to grow thanks to the vision and belief of our partners.”

Julie Garland, CEO at Avtrain, said: “The calibre of the partners in this project ensures its success. The vast experience in training & certification standards, vertiport development, BVLOS drone ops, airport operations and autonomous mobility are a force to be reckoned with in the Advanced Air Mobility market. The location next to Shannon Airport is the epicentre of the aviation industry in Ireland and is critical to the future integration of manned and unmanned aircraft. The future is here, onwards and upwards!”

John Drysdale, Business Development Manager at Shannon Group, said: “Collaborating with stakeholders who are experts in their field will provide a robust platform to develop new technologies and innovations in this exciting sector. The Shannon Campus will provide an ideal incubation space within which the future of mobility can be developed in a collegial manner bringing great opportunities to the region.”

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Drone Deliveries Take Flight in First-of-its-Kind Trial in Ireland [Press Release]

Drone Deliveries

Between September and October, FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX), and the world’s largest express transportation company, in collaboration with Future Mobility Campus Ireland (FMCI) Air, announced the completion of its first scheduled drone last-mile delivery flight in Ireland. The delivery marks the launch of a trial service delivering goods from FMCI, based at Shannon Airport, County Clare, to Foynes Port, County Limerick, Ireland’s second-largest port operator and largest bulk port company.

The drone deliveries were conducted by Skyports, a world-leading operator of cargo drone deliveries, on behalf of the FMCI Air consortium which also includes Avtrain, Shannon Group and FMCI.

The delivery of the first FedEx Express package in Ireland via drone demonstrates the benefits of drone delivery for last-mile service and the commitment by FedEx to exploring the latest innovations in last-mile delivery.

The delivery is part of a month-long trial which will see a number of test flights conducted in the Mid-West region, beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) between Shannon Airport and Foynes Port, with deliveries anticipated to be made in under 13 minutes. Clare County and Limerick City and County Council have shown their support for the project, highlighting the role that the councils are playing and leading from an innovation perspective.

Mike Roche, Operations Managing Director, FedEx Express Ireland, said: “We are always looking for new and innovative ways to deliver the world to our customers’ doorsteps and I’m delighted that this drone delivery trial is underway and an example of how we, as an industry, continue to explore new technology to help meet our customers’ evolving delivery needs.”

Julie Garland on behalf of the FMCI Air Consortium, said “The calibre of the partners involved in this trial ensures its success. To test the incorporation of Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone freight deliveries into global supply chain logistics is the future happening now. The location of this trial from the FMCI base adjacent to Shannon Airport, in controlled airspace, with full air traffic control services, demonstrates the integration of manned aircraft operations with simultaneous vertiport drone operations becoming the norm and paving the way for Advanced Air Mobility.”

More information about FedEx technology and innovation is available at fedex.com/technology.

About FedEx Corp.

FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenue of $87 billion, the company offers integrated business solutions through operating companies competing collectively, operating collaboratively and innovating digitally under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its 560,000 team members to remain focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. FedEx is committed to connecting people and possibilities around the world responsibly and resourcefully, with a goal to achieve carbon-neutral operations by 2040. To learn more, please visit about.fedex.com.

About FMCI Air

FMCI Air is a consortium of companies formed in May 2021 to bring advanced air mobility to Ireland. Those collaborating in this venture are: Skyports, the world’s leading passenger air taxi and cargo drone vertiport provider and drone delivery operator; Future Mobility Campus Ireland (FMCI), Ireland’s first testbed for future mobility located next to Shannon Airport; Avtrain, Europe’s leading Drone Pilot and Operator Training and Certification Body; and Shannon Group’s International Aviation Services Centre , which supports and promotes one of Ireland’s largest aviation clusters located at Shannon. The consortium is working towards launching an operational vertiport at Shannon’s FMCI campus in 2022, thereby encouraging participation and investment in Ireland’s Advanced Aerial Mobility (AAM) industry. The long-term goal is the establishment of Ireland’s first air taxi service and routine beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) drone operations.