Pilot salaries in Ireland are low compared to other countries, but a new pilot training scheme will make it easier for travellers to get paid.
In the next few weeks, Irish travellers will be able to register for the Ireland Pilots Professional Pilot Certificate Programme, or iPP.
The programme is designed to help more experienced pilots who are considering switching careers.
They will be offered up to €2,500 to cover travel, accommodation and other costs while they are travelling.
“The aim is to help people who are thinking about making the transition from the commercial pilot to the professional pilot, and are concerned about being unable to travel to a destination,” said Prof Ian McIlwraith from the University of Limerick.
The plan was first unveiled in June and the next stage is to offer the scheme to the rest of the world.
“I think the biggest thing is that it’s really open-ended,” Prof McIlwrath said.
“It’s very similar to what people who have completed the training would be doing.”
They are looking at the job, they are thinking, ‘I’d like to go somewhere, I’d like some time off.
I’d really like to see the country’.””
And then they’re also looking at what it would take to actually get the job done.
“The programme will also be offered to people who will be returning to Ireland from overseas.”
If you are looking for some kind of training for a job, you would have to have had a good qualification.
If you were a young person coming back to Ireland, that might not be a good choice.
“You might want to look at that, but it’s also about giving people a better understanding of what it’s like to fly and the people who fly.”
The program is being rolled out in Dublin, Limerick, Galway and Waterford over the next six weeks.
The scheme has received the backing of the Department of Tourism, the Tourism and International Development Department, the Department for Tourism, Arts and Sport, and the Irish Aviation Council.
“People who are already in the business can apply for the training, and that’s what’s so exciting about this programme,” said David O’Brien, CEO of the Tourism Council.
He said the programme is a great opportunity for the tourism industry.
“This is a good opportunity to get people to consider flying as an option for their future, and we believe it will help them get the best deal they can,” he said.
Mr O’Connor said the scheme will also help those who already have their commercial pilot licence.
“We’re really proud that this is a very important pilot training program, and it’s a good example for others in the aviation industry, that there are some very important things that people can do to get their pilot licences,” he added.
“These pilots are a key component in our economy, and if they don’t have them, they’re very, very, low paid.”
So we hope that it will create an incentive for people to get those certificates.
“Prof McIlwi said the program will be introduced to the Irish skies this summer, with the first pilot training flights set to take place on January 31st.”
There are no restrictions on the number of people that can apply, and there will be a focus on people who already know how to fly.
“That’s why we’re so excited that the Irish Tourism Council has been involved with this, because that’s an important part of our business.”
The scheme will be available to all Irish travellers and will cost just €2.50 per month.