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Flying in Galway

EI-MCG-club-aircraftWelcome to Galway Flying Club!

Galway Flying Club was founded over 70 years ago with the aim of bringing flying enthusiasts together, and continues to facilitate its members in the pursuit of flying as a leisure activity. We are a non-profit, non-commercial flying club based at Galway Airport (just 7km from Galway city centre). We are a Declared Training Organisation (DTO) with the Irish Aviation Authority and train pilots to EASA standards. We have over 100 members (40% of which are people learning to fly) and 8 instructors. Nobody receives any form of payment from the club irrespective of their contribution and this includes flying instructors, who are the voluntary coaches to new members wishing to obtain their pilot’s licence. The club’s qualified instructors take new members, who have never before sat in the cockpit of an aircraft, through the various stages of training to the point of qualification for a Private Pilot Licence. Having acquired this licence, the new pilots are free to use club-owned aircraft for their private use to enjoy and share with friends the pleasures of flight.


If you are one of those who has been looking through the security fence at the airport, or looked up to view the passing aircraft above your head, and if you want to get in and try it yourself, call in to the club-house any weekend where you will be welcomed by a group of like-minded people who will help you make your dreams come true.


Introductory Flight


First Solo 6th October

Congratulations to Andrew McCormack, who had his first solo flight on 6th October.



Galway Flying Club - Winner - Sport and General Aviation Award 2019

Galway Flying Club have won the Aviation Industry Award for General & Sport Aviation on 12th July 2019 - for the second consecutive year!! This prestigious award is for excellence in the Irish and International aviation sector. Well done.


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Membership Age Limit

The minimum age to become a member of Galway Flying Club is eighteen (18).

Leisure flying only

Galway Flying Club (GFC) is a private flying club licensed for leisure flying only.

GFC is precluded from engaging in any form of commercial flying activities such as offering sight-seeing trips, aircraft rental, aerial photography, etc.

Club Aircraft

We have 2 Cessna 172 planes.

The 172 is an excellent training and general purpose light aircraft.

Click on image for aircraft details.