Department of Defence - Irish Air Corp

Dept. of Defence – Irish Air Corps

Irish Air Corps

"The Irish Air Corps has been recruiting and training Pilots since the formation of the State. Many former Air Corps Pilots have in the past and are currently holding senior management positions in Air Lingus, City Jet, Ryanair, the AAIU and the IAA.

When recruiting Pilots we are searching not just for people who can master the art of flying a high performance Military Aircraft but individuals who can lead not only in the Air but also on the Ground.

We are searching for Men and Women who can withstand the rigors of intensive Military Training and who have the necessary skills to become an Officer in the Permanent Defence Forces.

Training a Military Pilot is an expensive business where mistakes can be costly, it is therefore essential that every effort is made to ensure that the correct candidate is selected.

Since 2006 Mr. Paul Harris from the RCSI Institute of Leadership and Healthcare Management has been contracted by the Air Corps through PARC aviation recruitment to evaluate the final 50 candidates. Paul has carried out psychometric testing and evaluation on all Air Corps candidates attending for final interviews thus directly contributing to a 20% increase in Pilot success rates since 2006.

On several occasions when circumstance demanded Paul was able to consult directly with his faculty colleagues in order to ensure that the correct analysis and in turn the correct decision was made. This access to the wider RCSI collegiate provided a depth of confidence in re-affirming that the right decisions were made.

As President of the interview board over the past 4 years, I was completely satisfied with the level of dedication and professionalism displayed by Paul at all times and would hope to continue our collaboration, circumstance permitting, into the future."

J. A. Lynott, Lt. Col. OC Air Corps College