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Brief History

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Brief History
The beginnings of the modern club
Recent developments

Recent developments

By the 1980s the Club had become firmly established, though its Clubhouse in the form of a converted bus regularly changed location depending on the ever-expanding airport’s requirements.  The bus was later replaced by more permanent accomodation, which survived until 2002 when the present Clubhouse was built.  ATH was replaced in 1980 by a new Cessna 152 EI-BIB, BFR was replaced by another Ralley EI-BMJ and it, in turn, was replaced by a Tampico that was used for a few years in the 1990s in addition to numerous rented Cessnas and a Piper J3 Cub that was used for a number of years.  In 1997 the Club purchased its first Cessna 172 EI-GWY followed by a second, EI-MCF in 2002; in 2006 Whiskey Yankie was replaced by C172 EI-NFW and, at the end of 2007, Charlie Fox was replaced by EI-MCG equipped with a G1000 Integrated Flight Deck.

EI-MCG Glass Cockpit aircraftNone of these developments would have been possible but for serious commitment and hard work by a core of members.  Some of those stalwarts have been with the Club since the 1970s, including our present Chairman and former CFI, Michael C. Farragher.  A group of enthusiastic members who learned to fly at Galway during the 1980s went on to develop a keen interest in aviation, and their concern for the welfare of the Club has been responsible for its steady progress over the past quarter of a century.  Our current CFI, John McGinley, belongs to that group, and it is therefore not surprising that the standard of instruction at Galway is of the highest.  The fact that all our eight instructors received their early training with the Club guarantees that a student pilot at Galway will easily absorb the club ethos and be trained to a high standard.