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.

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 such as BBQs and visits to organisations of interest to aviation enthusiasts (e.g. ATC).