14 February 2014 - Air Corps Officers Receive Commissions.

Minister for State at the Department of An Taoiseach and the Department of Defence, Mr Paul Kehoe T.D, accompanied by the Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Conor O'Boyle will attend the Commissioning Ceremony of three new officers at the Air Corps Headquarters at Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel on Friday, 14th February 2014 at 2 p.m.

Today is a very important and proud day for the members of the 30th Regular Air Corps Cadet Class. It represents the successful completion of over two years of intensive military and flight training and today the three Cadets will be awarded their Military Pilots Wings and Presidential Commission.

The three candidates have completed a very demanding, challenging and rewarding course of basic officer training in the Curragh Camp complete and flight training in the Flying Training School in Baldonnel.

Shortly after arriving in Casement Aerodrome on the 26th Sept 2011 the members of the 30th Regular Air Corps Cadet Class joined the 88th Army Cadet Class in the Curragh where they completed basic military and leadership training. On completion of this module, the class returned to Casement Aerodrome and commenced their pilot ground school including over 750 hours of instruction on 15 diverse aviation related subjects ranging from Principles of Flight to Human Performance and Limitations. The class sat examinations both internally in the Flying Training School and externally with the Irish Aviation Authority.

The successful completion of this training has prepared them to take up appointments as junior leaders and pilots in the Air Corps.  In receiving this Presidential Commission the new officers will take an oath of allegiance in which they will swear to be “faithful to Ireland and loyal to the Constitution”.

Press Release Date: Friday 14th February 2014

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