GECAS TY Aviation Academy

GECAS is sponsoring the next generation of aviation professionals!

GECAS and Atlantic Air Adventures Aviation Education Centre in Shannon have collaborated to develop a one-week intensive program targeted at Transition Year (TY) students in the local schools.

GECAS TY Aviation Academy is designed to attract teenagers who have a keen interest in an aviation career and gives them an opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the industry.


Whats Involved?

This exciting week-long Aviation Academy introduces TY students to various aspects of the aviation industry through a series of engaging talks and workshops. Students have the opportunity to meet pilots, engineers and air traffic controllers, and to learn about the business and finance aspects of the industry. The week also includes a trip to a live aircraft maintenance facility and a chance to fly the B737NG Simulator with an airline pilot.

The week will close with a visit GECAS, when students will have an opportunity to network with recent graduates of UL’s Aeronautical Engineering who are now working on-site in GECAS & SES. This informal gathering should result in good dialogue and help the students solidify their career plans whatever they may be. There will be a brief presentation on GECAS, the world’s largest aircraft leasing company and how many career options are possible within the sector.

Jane Magill, MD at Atlantic Air Adventures Aviation Centre, said, “We are delighted to be working with GECAS to put in place this programme which will inspire, motivate and prepare the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals for their future careers.”


“GECAS is very serious about attracting the best and brightest in the aviation sector,” said Eleanor O’Connell, SVP Process Management & Controls GECAS. “We want to encourage millennials who are serious about a career in aviation to pursue their dreams.”


“GECAS is a huge supporter of education and actively assists students to develop their careers in the aviation industry. This program is designed to spark the imagination of young students who have an interest in aviation and to encourage them to pursue such interest. It should prove to be a very worthwhile initiative”, said John Ludden EVP and General Counsel of GECAS.

GECAS will sponsor 16 Transition Year students on two Aviation Academy’s over the academic year. The programme is open to all schools all over Ireland and is designed to fulfill one of your TY Work Experience weeks .

See Stephen Daly GECAS TY Aviation Academy Class of Autumn 16 soar to amazing achievements. Stephens was awarded a Gliding Scholarship from the Honorable Company of Air Pilots in Summer 19 when he made his first solo, and was awarded a further PPL Scholarship in summer 2018 which he passed with flying colours!
Now about to embark on his Aeronautical Engineering Degree in University Limerick, and volunteer at the Aviation Discovery Centre at the weekend, passing his passion on to the next generation!

Student Tips!

We receive a lot of applications, but places are limited! Please ensure your application is completed by yourself, the student applying, by hand, and do give us a really great reasons why you should be selected to attend this amazing week of aviation discovery.The most enthusiastic and passionate applications get noticed!

Watch this space for updates soon!  We all hope we can resume this programme then. Meanwhile, check out Summer Aviation Academy which will run in July and August, self funding.

Application Process:  Students should complete the Application form and have it signed by both Parent and TY Coordinator. Forms are to be completed by hand and POSTED Only forms received by post will be processed.

There are 16 places available.  Students will be selected for one of these.
Students must be in Transition Year, and be available for the dates specified.
Students must arrange transport to Atlantic Air Adventures, Shannon Town and bring a packed lunch. Accommodation is not provided.

This course fee is kindly sponsored by GECAS.
An admin contribution by students is required of €50 payable on acceptance of the offer to Atlantic Air Adventures.

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