Atlantic Aviation to feature in RTÉ documentary

Atlantic Aviation to feature in RTÉ documentary



Atlantic Aviation Group (AAG) will be featured in a new RTE One programme titled “The Classroom Divide” tonight (Monday September 18th at 9:30 p.m.)

Presented by Joe Duffy, the programme examines Ireland’s education system 50 years on from the introduction of free secondary schools.

Based in Shannon Airport, Atlantic Aviation Group are featured in the programme due to their world class apprenticeship programme in aircraft maintenance. The company have produced the last two Worldskills champions (known as the Olympics of Skills competitions) and 5 of the last 6 winners of the IrelandSkills competition in aircraft maintenance.

“The Classroom Divide” features interviews from current and former apprentices giving insight on the benefits of enrolling in an apprenticeship programme.

This year after receiving more than 1000 applications, Atlantic Aviation Group recruited 15 apprentices for their 2017 Aircraft Maintenance Apprenticeship, the largest ever intake of apprentices in the their programme. Next year’s programme will be open to applicants in Spring 2018. If you’re interested in finding out more about the Aircraft Maintenance Apprenticeship go to to find out more.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

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.