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Oisin McGrath, Lieutenant - Pilot - Air Corp
Oisin McGrath is a pilot in the Irish Air Corp. He studied and completed Degree in Aeronautical Engineering in University of Limerick, and applied to the Air Corp in his final year in college. He now flies regularly on a variety of missions and is trained to fly on a number of different aircraft.
The subjects that I took for my Leaving Certificate are..English, Irish, Maths, Physics, Biology, Geography and French.
NB: It must be noted that the Air Corps requires certain subjects and is detailed in the Cadetship Booklet!!!
I completed my Leaving Certificate and after I completed a degree in Aeronuatical Engineering in University of Limerick. I applied for the Air Corps during my final year in college.
Having completed a degree in Aeronautical Engineering helped me initially during the interview process. While it is not a pre-requisite to have completed a degree, it was helpful during the Aircraft technical section of the final interview.
Also, a very big part of the Wings course is the ground schoool subjects. This involves 750 hours of lectures and consists of a full ATPL (Airline Transport Pilots License) syllabus. Having the degree meant that I had covered most of the subject matter while in college. This made things a little easier for me! Having said that, all the subjects are taught from the very basics!
In the Air Corps, training is on going. We are involved in courses on a regular basis. These courses vary from flying courses to computer courses to activity/adventure training courses.
As we have a range of aircraft in the Air Corps, pilots will be trained on a number of different aircraft throughout their careers. As a result further training within the Air Corps is inevitable!