Our Team

We pride ourselves on our team!

We have Ireland’s most experienced Unmanned Aviation instructors. All instructors are qualified military and civilian flight instructors for manned aircraft and have been teaching commercial drone operators for years. These instructors are experts at distilling complex ideas into logical concepts that are targeted toward pilots who operate in the real world!

Our feedback consistently shows that our instructors balance fun and learning, keeping the training focused and drawing on years of drone operations and best practices from the world of aviation.

Our instructors have trained hundreds of commercial operators including bodies such as the Irish Civil Defence, Irish Air Corps, Dublin/ Limerick/ Galway Fire Services, Cork City Council, Environmental Protection Agency, ESB, among others.

Students will access several instructors during the course and can draw on their experiences for the rest of their careers as our door is always open and our phones are always on! We are here to support you throughout your career!

Gearoid Ó Briain

CEO

Oisin McGrath

Head of Training

Odhrán Murphy

Chief Ground Instructor

Peter Smyth

Instructor

Séan McCarthy

Instructor

Vincent Haigney

Instructor

Gearóid joined the Irish Air Corps in 2006 as a cadet pilot. He trained with the military in the Curragh Camp for nine months before returning to Baldonnel to commence his flight training. During his training he flew the Pilatus PC-9M advanced turbo-prop trainer. Upon qualification as a military pilot and Officer in the Air Corps he progressed to 104 Squadron where he flew Cessna 172’s in co-operation with the army in reconnaissance missions. Gearóid later went on to fly the Bombardier Learjet 45 corporate jet. His flying was then split between flying the President of Ireland, cabinet ministers and patients on Air Ambulance flights, all conducted around Europe and in the Middle East. Gearóid was selected for a Flight Instructor’s Course in 2013 and after completion was posted as an instructor to the Flying Training School in Baldonnel where he currently teaches cadet pilots to fly. Gearóid holds a civilian commercial pilot’s licence and military pilot’s licence with multi-engine, instrument and instructor ratings and has completed his Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) theoretical exams. In 2013 he also completed a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Management and Aviation studies, as well as diplomas in counselling psychology and electrical studies. He is currently studying an MBA in Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School having received a full scholarship from Newstalk Radio. Gearóid has a keen interest in sports and has several sporting achievements including the completion of an Ironman and attainment of a Guinness World Record for breaking the standing record of the fastest marathon carrying a military pack of 20lbs!  Gearóid’s background in aviation instruction, combined with his love of model and unmanned aircraft building and FPV racing led to him setting up FlyRyte Drone Academy with Oisin. Gearóid & Oisin were instrumental in the privatisation of the testing of drone pilots in Ireland. Gearóid loves to teach on FlyRyte’s drone training course and to talk to pilots about their plans in this exciting industry.

Oisín joined the Air Corps in 2002. After nine months military training at the Officer training facility in the Curragh, Oisín returned to Baldonnel to begin his flying training. He formed part of the three strong 23rd Regular Air Corps Cadet Class and received his military pilot’s wings and presidential commission as an Officer in the Air Corps in September 2004. Oisín began his flying career in a Cessna 172, flying a range of missions across the country while building valuable flying experience. After 6 months, he returned to the Flying Training School where he flew the PC-9M and held a ground appointment as an administration Officer in Air Corps college. From there, Oisín moved to No. 3 Operations Wing and completed his helicopter conversion course. He was dual rated and flew numerous missions in both Eurocopter EC135 and Agusta Westland AW139 helicopters. These missions included a wide range of tasks including  VIP transport, air ambulance,  troop transport, winching, fast roping, abseiling, helix casting, mountain flying and air gunnery. Oisín also served in the Garda Air Support Unit, flying the Garda Helicopter across a wide range of taskings. In February 2013, Oisín was selected for a flying instructor’s course. He completed the course on the PC-9M and once complete returned to the Garda Air Support Unit as the Chief Helicopter Instructor. His roles now include helicopter pilot training in both ab initio and operational roles. He is the holder of a Commercial Pilots License (CPL) for both fixed wing and helicopters with ATPL knowledge, helicopter single pilot multi engine instrument rating and is also one of the few qualified night vision goggle flying instructors in the country.

 

As a keen sportsman his entire life, Oisín has represented Ireland in surf-lifesaving and triathlon. He has numerous international medals, made up of both European and World Championship titles and was awarded European Lifesaver of the year in 2012.

Oisín holds a first class honours degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the university of Limerick and this inspired his love of drone flying. Along with Gearóid he created the drone training course for pilots in Ireland and is also an drone pilot examiner on behalf of the Irish Aviation Authority.

Odhrán is an instructor with FlyRyte and he is the subject matter expert for the Principles of Flight course content. He is a graduate of D.I.T., holding a BSc in Mathematics & Numerical Methods, and also holds a First Class Honours Degree in Management & Aeronautical Studies. Odhrán has been a pilot for over ten years and has a well rounded background in military aviation which includes a variety of aircraft types: piston, jet and turbo prop. He currently plies his trade instructing students from their very first flight right through until they qualify as military pilots, and is also a Qualified Air Weapons Instructor. Outside of his working life, Odhrán is involved in vintage aviation, and is a member of the Irish Historic Flight Foundation, where he pilots and displays the De Havilland Chipmunk aircraft, which has its origins in the late World War II era. Outside of manned and unmanned aviation, his interests include football, motor sport, and trying to beat Gearoid’s marathon PB!

Peter is from Dublin and is currently a serving Flight Officer with the Irish Air Corps serving as a Military Flight Instructor in the Flying Training School. Peter has always been passionate about aviation and joined the Air Corps in 2005.

Prior to this he completed an honours Degree in Computer Science and Software Engineering in NUI Maynooth, graduating in 2002 achieving a first class honours. Finding the lure of the student life hard to give up, Peter returned to full time education in 2003 completing a masters in Forensic Computing and Security in DCU. He graduated in 2004 with first class honours and spent a year working with Symantec as a Security Response Engineer.

Upon joining the Air Corps, Peter became part of the 26th Air Corps and spent approximately 30 months in training culminating in his commission as an Air Corps Officer and the award of military pilot wings in 2008. Since this, Peter has served as a flight officer on the Super King Air 200 which saw him involved in VIP transport and air ambulance missions. Since 2010, Peter has worked in the Flying Training School, teaching cadets how to fly and training qualified pilots to be instructors on the Pilatus PC-9M. He is also a Qualified Weapons Instructor on the same aircraft.

Given his lifelong interest in aviation, the progression into SUA was quite natural. The combination of accessible aviation with state of the art technology is huge part of the appeal for Peter.”

Seán is from Borris, Co. Carlow. His passion for aviation was sparked in his final year in Secondary School, when he saw an advertisement for the Air Corps Cadetship. He began is military aviation career as part of the 23rd Air Corps Cadet Class in 2002. Since receiving his military pilots wings in 2004 Seán has flown a wide variety of aircraft within the Air Corps, amassing over 2,200 flying hours. Seán completed his helicopter pilot conversion course in 2006 and flew helicopters for 10 years in such exciting roles as HEMS, special forces insertion, winching, air gunnery and spent 3 years flying for the Garda Air Support Unit. Seán has recently returned to the world of fixed-wing flying on the Air Corps’s Casa CN235 maritime patrol aircraft.

 

Seán graduated with a first class honours degree in Management and Aviation Studies from DIT and has served overseas as a public relations officer for the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Seán’s interest in the world of unmanned aviation is fuelled by his excitement for industry’s potential and growth in applications. He cannot wait to see where you take the world of SUA.

Vincent is an instructor with FlyRyte and he is the subject matter expert for the Aircraft Technical course content. Vincent is a qualified military pilot with significant time spent in training and reconnaissance roles with the Irish Air Corps.  He holds a diploma in Motor Industry Management and an Hons Degree in Transport Technology, completed through DIT. Vincent has flown both electric and internal combustion model aircraft and helicopters over the past fifteen years.  In his spare time, Vincent has a passion for cars and is often to be found restoring some classic automobile to its former glory!