At Atlantic Aviation Group (AAG), we take pride in guiding our people to set and achieve their career goals. In this week’s #TalentThursday, meet Frank McDonagh our Base, Line Maintenance and Workshops Manager at Atlantic Aviation Group.
What inspired you to work in Aircraft Maintenance?
Coming from an engineering background and having friends working in the industry brought me into aircraft maintenance.
Where did you work prior to AAG?
I started my aircraft maintenance career in Lufthansa Technik Shannon Ltd. (LTSL) formerly known as Shannon Aerospace. I worked there for 5 ½ years before venturing into the contract side of aircraft maintenance. I moved to Dublin in 2001 and worked for FLS Aerospace for 3 ½ years as a contract mechanic/composite technician. In March 2004 I entered AAG (formerly known as Air Atlanta Aero Engineering) as a contract mechanic and became a permanent employee in May 2004.
How long have you been an employee in AAG and what positions have you held since you began your career here?
I have been an employee in AAG since 2004. My positions have varied throughout my years in AAG, I have always felt that career progression within the company is something that is open and available to all. I started as a contract mechanic on line 1 and moved to the composite shops as a composite tech. From there I moved into supervisory roles within the company. Shops supervisor, Production floor supervisor (cabin, structures, u/floor, fuselage), flexi crew supervisor between the years 2006 and 2012. In 2012 I moved into the Production Planning role which is now known as the Planner/Scheduler. From 2012 to 2016 I also worked as Project leader across different lines and on project aircraft as they arose. In 2016, I took up the position of Line Maintenance and Project Aircraft Project leader primarily working on STAR AIR line maintenance, lease/transition aircraft and modification/project aircraft.
What is your current role in AAG and what does a day in AAG look like for you?
In September 2017, I took on my current role within AAG is as EASA 145 Base, Line Maintenance and Workshops Manager. My day to day role within AAG is fast paced, non-stop, challenging but enjoyable. Daily, structured meetings take place with various departments, improvement projects are a daily task along with the stated roles and responsibilities within the MOE. Meeting with production individuals and customers is also a significant part of this role on a daily basis. Staff engagement daily is also very important.
What are the benefits to working in AAG?
For me the benefit of being able to go home to my family on a daily basis is what brought me back to Shannon. The quality of life in the West of Ireland and what it has to offer for me as an individual and also my family is very important. A known career path within an organisation is also of high priority and the people focus that AAG promote is key. As I had previously worked in LTSL I was looking for a new challenge and this company has proven to be that.
What’s your favorite part of working in AAG?
For me the people within an organisation are key. The company’s focus on people has moved leaps and bounds since AAG formed. The contribution from various departments to assist Production on a daily basis and with improvement projects is very welcoming.