No refund for trainee pilots whose course collapsed in Florida

Transport Minister Leo Varadkar says neither the Government not the Irish Aviation Authority will be able to compensate the 80 student pilots who were left stranded in Florida earlier this month, after their training was suspended.

The students from the Pilot Training College in Waterford had paid up to 80,000 euro for their course at the Florida Institute of Technology Aviation. Two of them are from Donegal, one from Derry.

The trainees met with Minister Varadkar and with the CEO of the Irish Aviation Authority today, to try and recoup some of their fees.

The IAA says it will engage with the examiner appointed to the Pilot Training College in Waterford in an attempt to find out why the company ran into financial difficulty, and what happened to the fees handed over by the trainees.

And Minister Varadkar says he is considering the introduction of a bonding scheme for pilot training courses in the future.