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About Trim Flying Club

Club History

Trim Flying Club was formed following a public meeting in the Wellington Court Hotel, Trim, in June 1979. The objective was to provide opportunities for recreational flying activity and training in the County Meath area at minimal cost but consistent with proper standards of safety and maintenance, that would be open to all.
The first Chief Flying Instructor was Captain Eddie Foyle, an Aer Lingus pilot. The first club aeroplane was EI-BCS, a French built Socata Rallye 100, purchased for £10,000. Initially the Club had no local airfield and the aircraft was based in Abbeyshrule, Co. Longford. Students and instructors thought nothing of driving the 50-miles to and from Abbeyshrule, such was the novelty and excitement generated by the whole affair!
About two years after the initial formation of the Club, it moved to a grass airstrip on the Murphy farm, about 3 km from Trim. The club grew in Trim, members who were professional pilots established training standards and in November 1997 the Club was awarded Registered Training Facility (RTF) status by the Irish Aviation Authority, which was subsequently followed by the award of Declared Training Organisation status.
As well as helping members to maintain their PPLs and being socially active over the years, the club has trained dozens of people from all walks of life to the level of Private Pilot. Today many are flying professionally with major airlines. From little acorns do oak trees grow! Though someone aspiring to a career as a professional pilot is usually better to consider the commercial Flight Training Organisations as the voluntary and primarily social nature of the club may not suit their objectives to start earning as quickly as possible.
In 2006, Trim Flying Club incorporated the members and aircraft of the Garda Aero Club.
In late 2016, the club moved to establish its new home in Weston Airport, just outside Dublin. Moving to Weston allows the club to continue operating through the winter months, along with the benefits of a towered field and maintenance on site.
The present Chief Flying Instructor, Michele Dore, is Irelands first female CFI and how proud are we that she is one of our members! She is an invaluable part of our club. As well as providing access to recreational flying for members, the club holds social events.

Our Aircraft

We operate two Cessna 172s. These airplanes have proved to be very reliable aircraft that we use on an almost daily basis in flight training, cross country and even international travel.
EI-TFC is our club PPL touring airplane.

Model: F172R

EI- EYJ is our club training aircraft.

Model: F172N

Built: 1978

Engine: Lycoming O-320-H2AD

Past Aircraft

Over the years, the club has operated a number of other aircraft. If you have photos or information about any of our historical aircraft, please let us know!

EI-DDC - (built 1974) Cessna Skyhawk 172M, Lycoming O-320-E2D, sold in 2018.

EI-STT - (built 1974) Cessna Skyhawk 172M, joined us when the Garda Flying Club amalgamated with our club, sold in 2016.

EI-POD - (built 1977) Cessna Cardinal 177B, sold in 2009. The reg POD was in memory of a founding member Pat O' Donnell.

EI-BCS - (built 1974) Socata Rallye100, the first plane the club owned, purchased for £10,000,

EI-BRX 2 Seater C150 Aerobat

EI-BBO 4 Seater SOCATA MS893 Rally 180

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