IASA IAC Interview - Andrew MacIntyre

by Elizabeth Shields

Posted on June 28, 2019

Andy, you are on the Industry Advisory Committee for IASA. Can you give me a brief outline of what this role entails?

I attend the various meetings held throughout the year, the agenda is set by the committee themselves and they seek our advice from time to time on how they should deal with various things. More often than not, the committee have everything set up themselves. They are extremely good from that point of view; in fact, I am amazed at times of their organisational capabilities. But, if for instance we can use our influence having spent a lifetime in the industry to help them do what they wish to do and then we do that as part of those particular meetings. From time to time, we will give them some advice on the possible organisation of the conferences etc. We answer any queries from the committee or the students individually and we do our best to help them in that sense. The commitment from a personal point of view, is in no way an onerous task, its three of four meetings per year and some advice from time to time.  


You were recently involved in our 4th Annual Symposium, did you enjoy the day?

Absolutely! I’ve attended every year; this was my second time on a panel and my first as a moderator. I I thought that particular session went very well. It was held in the Helix, so it was very convenient. We were dealing with point of view from the requirements of students that want to get into the industry. The panel was quite varied we had people from the ex-military who had experience of being on interview boards etc. like myself, we had people from other parts of the industry that had done something similar like pilots and recruiters. I think the advice that we all gave was useful, certainly the response from students that attended the event that it was a popular and informative briefing.


You are in contact with students on a daily basis as a lecturer in DCU, would you have any advice for students that want to get involved in aviation

It has been a pattern right through my lecturers here in DCU, and I’ve been here 9 years, that the academic side of things are extremely important. However, what students sometimes forget is that it’s the holistic approach from the point of view of character development that is as important as the academic side. The aviation industry is very much people orientated and because of the number of stakeholders involved in the industry. One stakeholder is dependent on the other stakeholder to do their job in order for them to fulfill their requirements. That takes lots of things, it takes; team work, management, leadership and good communications. All of these things I advise my students here in DCU would be, to develop those traits within their own characters. The way to do this is to simply speak up, ask questions and contribute in class, join various societies and organisations such as IASA. They all give students the experience and practice to develop these competencies and traits.


You have always been a big supporter of IASA, why do you think students get involved?

For the reasons similar to the previous question, it’s another opportunity for students to develop their team skills, communication skills and leadership skills especially. There’s always the opportunity being a member of IASA to going on to one of the organisational committees. That gives you the experience of doing the things that you’re going to be doing later on in aviation anyway, you will be organisaing, communicating & briefing.  IASA is another outlet to learn these skills and especially these days with such a blinkered and wrote learning method of study in secondary school it can be hard for students to be exposed to developing these qualities. When you go to university, students should use any available opportunity to develop their skills and joining IASA is one of the best ways of doing that.


How do you feel IASA is contributing to the industry?

Its already been very obvious and I’ve been given anecdotal evidence from people within the industry that they’re very impressed with the quality of students Ireland is producing. Already, the people that are passing through the 3rd level colleges are rapidly climbing the corporate ladder in aviation. The reason for that is because they value the students that we are producing. They see that through IASA, because it’s the first point of contact between the students and the industry. All you have to look at is the engagement by the industry with IASA, all the main airlines, Irish Aviation Authority, leasing & finance companies etc.  They’re all involved in the sponsorship of IASA and very much support IASA when it comes to the annual conferences and career expeditions. It’s obvious and evident that the industry already know that IASA are contributing to the caliber of Irish students being produced in Ireland today.