New aviation institute opens in Shannon

New aviation institute opens in Shannon



A new state-of-the-art aviation institute has been opened in Shannon by Atlantic Aviation Group.

TEDxShannonED is located in the Shannon Free Zone and is an independently organised TED event curated by SOLAS in partnership with Atlantic Aviation Group.

Among the speakers at the official launch was Atlantic Aviation Group owner Patrick Jordan.

In his presentation entitled ‘Many paths to success’, Mr Jordan explained how he came to acquire the Shannon based company in 2015 following a period of examinership under the previous ownership.

He said “The thought of over 50 years of experience and 220 highly skilled employees losing their jobs did not sit easy with me. I have a great love for the West of Ireland and I felt the fundamentals of the company were good so I could make a go of it.”


Mr Jordan went on to explain that the new core values at the company now underpin the actions of each of the employees creating a more productive, fun and rewarding environment for everyone. The company has enormous ambition which is shown with this €2million investment in the Institute and the plans to facilitate over 500 national and international students in Shannon by 2020.

The TEDx Shannon event will be broadcast on YouTube in the coming weeks. For all of the latest, go to or sign up to the Atlantic Aviation Group social media.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.