Not too many people know this, but the government aircraft is not only used for flying the president around.

“Ever since I was a child I’ve been fascinated with flying. My dream was to become a pilot and when I was about 14 I first heard about the Irish Air Corps and knew it was for me. A guy from the military came to our school to give a talk and took us for a day out to show us around the base. I remember seeing the aircraft and being amazed by the fact that I could fly the president around and get paid for it; I thought that was the coolest job in the world! At the end of the day, I was convinced this was what I wanted to be. I worked really hard and a few years later there I was! I got to fly, not one, but two presidents. My dream came true but in the process, I got to discover something even more meaningful. Not too many people know this, but the government aircraft is not only used for flying the president around. It is also used for flying sick children to the UK for life-saving surgeries. Imagine being a parent whose child is waiting for a transplant or a surgery but the operation can only be performed in the UK. Your child is too sick to fly on a traditional aeroplane, and that is where we can help. From the time they find out a donor is available, to get from the hospital in Dublin to the hospital in London takes less than two-and-a-half hours. The aircraft crew, the air traffic controllers, the drivers, the nurses, the doctors…. they all work together in perfect sync to save that child’s life… And I have the privilege of flying that plane! Imagine that! I cannot think of a more rewarding job; I would do it for free!”