Meet the

Aviation Ireland Team

Portrait image of Captain Paddy T. Bear.
Paddy T. Bear
Captain @aviationirelandchallenge

Captain Paddy is an ex Irish Air Corp (IAC) pilot who learned to fly at Abbeyshrule Airfield, Co Longford with the T Bear Flyers Academy. During his time with the IAC, Capt. Paddy flew the Fouga Magister CM-170 jet aircraft used for training, for the Light Strike Squadron and for the Silver Swallows display team. One of his career highlights was flying with the Silver Swallows display team when they appeared at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, in 1997, where the team was awarded the prestigious Lockheed Martin Cannestra Trophy for the Best Display by an Overseas Performer.

Following his retirement from the Irish Air Corps in 2012, Capt. Paddy spends his time in Emper, Ballynacarrigy, Co Westmeath with sidekick Lucky enjoying country walks, relaxing and other outdoor activities. Coming out of retirement in 2023 to raise awareness and much needed funds for the LauraLynn Children’s Hospice is a final act of getting back in the air to travel the world and spread the word on the Aviation Ireland Challenge.

Portrait image of Lucky.
Sidekick @aviationirelandchallenge

Lucky was rescued as a young pup near the canal in Mullingar, Co Westmeath in 2014.

Roughly only six weeks old Capt. Paddy took in the young pup under his wings & Lucky was named after all the good luck that Capt. Paddy has had in aviation and passed it on through this name ‘Lucky’.

Capt. Paddy is bringing Lucky on the year-long adventure with the Aviation Ireland Challenge and Lucky is representing the Dogs Trust Ireland.

Passport photo for Capt. Paddy T. Bear.

Frequently Asked Questions
What’s Your Favourite?

Aircraft To Fly: Pilatus PC-9M
Dream Aircraft To Fly In: Supermarine Spitfire
TV Show: Only Bears & Horses
Film: Top Gun / Top Gun Maverick
Books: Biggles
Character: Winnie-The-Pooh
Holiday Destination: Bear Island, Canaries
Song: Bears Just Want To Have Fun
Band: Bear City Rollers

Passport photo for Lucky.

Frequently Asked Questions
What’s Your Favourite?

TV Show: Paw Patrol
Film: The Secret Life of Pets
Book: Where’s Spot?
Character: Marshall – Paw Patrol
Treat: Schmackos
Walks: The Royal Canal – Ballynacarigy
Toy: Kong Bounzer
Song: I Should be so Lucky

About Us

"Captain Paddy T. Bear", sidekick “Lucky” and our human carer Jason, will be flying around Ireland in as many different aircraft types as we can to promote and fundraise for the good work of the LauraLynn Children’s Hospice and The Dogs Trust of Ireland.

During our travels we will each be carrying a logbook to record our flight hours, pilot in command, aircraft type and registration. At the end of the year, along with us, our logbook and a scrap book of our adventures, we will be auctioned off to raise valuable funds for two Irish charities.

Capt. Paddy T. Bear will be donated to LauraLynn Children’s Hospice and Lucky to The Dogs Trust of Ireland. Our challenge will take place across Ireland in 2023 from as many different airfields and airports as we can and maybe, just maybe some global travels too. We hope to meet as many people on our adventures as possible.

"Thank you for your support!" - Paddy and Lucky


As part of the Aviation Ireland Challenge, Paddy and Lucky's travels are all for the purpose of raising money for two wonderful Irish charities.

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