About Me

Career Profile

An aviation specialist with significant operational experience in airlines and general aviation in Australasia and the Pacific. Safety oriented with  a strong focus on attention to detail and quality output. Excels in situations that require resourcefulness to solve complex problems. Worked in challenging environments all over the world and lead by example.

Professional Education

  • Instrument Rating (Aus) - MFS 2014
  • Airline Transport Pilot Licence Theory - PPSC 2008
  • Instrument Rating (NZ) - AFS 2002
  • Commercial Pilot Licence - IAANZ 2000
  • Graduate, Mountain Instructor Course - NOLS 1997
  • Graduate, Staff Selection Course -HIOBS 1997

Key Skills and Strengths

Strong work ethic.

Resilience and a ‘can-do’ attitude.

Leadership of teams of up to 20 members.

Proven problem solving and analytical skills.

Demonstrated ability to communicate verbally and in writing to a wide range of audiences and in many different environments.

Career Highlights

  • Completing aerial survey of entire Adelaide metropolitan area on-time and within budget. (Adelaide, Australia 2013)

  • Operations Controller during Christchurch earthquakes. (Christchurch, New Zealand  2010 & 2011)

  • Medical evacuation by air of terminally ill pregnant patient from Tanna, saving the life of an unborn child. (Vanuatu 2012)

  • Introduced a Safety Management System that included a risk assessment of pilot experience and aerodrome grading  for bush flying operations. (Vanuatu 2012)

  • Crewmember for guided dog sledding expedition, 9 clients + 5 crewmembers + 90 dogs,  travelled 1000 miles across the Iditarod Trail in Alaska during winter taking 25 days. (Alaska, USA  1996)

  • Lead Member of a cave rescue team that retrieved a woman who had become trapped in a cave. (Waitomo Caves, New Zealand  1995)

  • Teaching rope rescue techniques to Ambulance and Helicopter rescue crewmen. (Wellington, New Zealand 1995)

Work History

Work History
Jun 2013 - Aug 2015



Australia and New Zealand

Role Responsibilities

  • Aerial survey flights to capture imagery and photographic data. Required accuracy was within 20 feet of a vertical and lateral line in space and velocity within 5 knots of target.
  • Single pilot in command under Instrument Flight Rules across Australia and New Zealand.
  • Cross country navigation in and out of multiple airspace classes.
  • Flight planning at short notice to ad-hoc sites taking into account weather, terrain, fuel endurance , job specifications and airspace restrictions.
  • Completed training courses in Fatigue Risk Management, Crew Resource Management, Dangerous Goods and Hypoxia Awareness.
  • Carried out personal visits to build professional relationships with ATC units and Defence Force personnel across Australia and New Zealand to facilitate airspace clearances.


  • Improved productivity through consistently flying to a high degree of accuracy and reducing the amount of non-productive flight time. This resulted in consistently completing tasks within budgeted flight time and delivering a quality product much quicker than our competition.
  • Established flight planning procedures to be able to relocate to new sites at short notice which enabled greater flexibility and productivity.
Jul 2012 - Nov 2012

Chief Pilot / Manager Check and Training

Air Taxi Vanuatu

Port Vila, Vanuatu

Role Responsibilities

  • Extended single engine, over water daily tours and on-demand charter across the islands of Vanuatu.
  • Authorisation of flights.
  • Rostering of pilots and administered the pilot training programme.
  • Researched Air Law and wrote content for the Operations Manual Suite including Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Flight planning , aircraft performance and weight and balance calculations.
  • Carried out hazard evaluations on aerodromes that included short, steep and unprepared strips, often solo for the first time.


  • To prevent incidents and accidents made by inexperienced pilots I introduced a system where pilots, aerodromes and aircraft were assessed in a risk matrix. The system improved safety by identifying high risk activities and removing a combination of low aircraft performance and/or inexperienced pilots in environments requiring a high level of skill. This system greatly reduced avoidable incidents and is still in place today.
  • Improved safety and efficiency by designing and implementing weight and balance spreadsheet calculators. This resulted in speeding up passenger check-in, maximised useful load and improved the accuracy of safety critical data.
Mar 2012 - Jun 2012

Senior Pilot

Air Taxi Vanuatu

Port Vila,Vanuatu

Charter and tours around the islands of Vanuatu. Scenic flights over active volcanoes. Urgent medical evacuations from remote airstrips. 

Key responsibilities:

  • Piloting of passengers and freight in 6 and 7 seat aircraft.
  • Giving pre-flight passenger safety briefings.
  • Weather evaluation and route selection.
  • Customer service and liaison with hotels and tour providers.
  • Decision-making in a dynamic environment amid changing priorities.
  • Making command decisions quickly.
  • Adapting to living in a remote/undeveloped country.

Oct 2011 - Mar 2012

Hiking Guide

Ultimate Hikes

Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

Role Responsibilities

  • Multi-day hiking guide. 5 day/4 nights/53km
  • Track hazard evaluation and communicating hazards  with other team members and clients.
  • Pre and post walking host responsibilities.
  • Natural history interpretation.
  • Helicopter passenger briefing and loading.
  • Group presentations on use of equipment and daily briefing of trail conditions.
Oct 2009 - Oct 2011

Duty Operations Controller

Pacific Blue Airlines

Christchurch, New Zealand

Role Responsibilities

  • Day of Operations fleet and schedule control including disrupt recovery to provide high levels of on-time performance. 10 x B737 aircraft operating 4-6 sectors per day on Trans-Tasman and South Pacific routes.
  • Monitored weather across the network and anticipated possible disruption events.
  • Liased with maintenance engineers regarding possible unserviceability of aircraft.
  • Designed “what-if” scenarios regarding possible network disruption events and communicated plans with affected parties.
  • Assigned daily lines of flying to aircraft taking into account future maintenance requirements and operational restrictions.
  • Prepared concise and non-emotive daily event logs and occurrence reports.
  • Participated in Incident Assessment Team conference calls in regards to major network events or risks to the business.
  • Night shift operations involved flight watch of B777 Virgin Blue International flights across the Indian and Pacific Oceans.


  • The nature of the circular network, the fact that there were few out and back sectors and long crew duties meant that disrupts to the schedule due to weather diversions or unserviceable aircraft required a complex resolution. I reliably achieved my goal of not allowing a disrupt to extend into the following day’s schedule.
  • During the Christchurch Earthquakes I was required to repatriate all Christchurch based crew who had suffered damage to their dwellings from all over the South Pacific and implemented wide ranging strategies to keep the airline running.
Sep 2008 - Apr 2009

Duty Crew Controller

Pacific Blue Airlines

Christchurch, New Zealand

Role Responsibilities

  • Day of Operations crew control ensuring all domestic and international flights were crewed by correct flight and cabin that were suitably qualified and complied with all legal and company policies.Fleet of 10 x B737 aircraft on Trans-Tasman and South Pacific flights.
  • Allocating crew resources to fill flight duties for immediate day of operations needs. 50 flights per day.
  • Selecting ‘best fit’ resources to replace unavailable crew members and reassigning other flight duties as a result.
  • Booking accommodation, transit flights and ground transfer for up to 60 crewmembers per day.
  • Monitoring crew hour legalities during normal and abnormal operations.
  • Evaluating possible schedule disruption and it’s impact on available resources and preparing contingency plans.


  • The airline had a high resource utilisation rate and very low spare capacity. Often there was no reserve coverage. I resolved last minute crewing changes by all possible options that didn’t require cancelling a flight.
Mar 2006 - Aug 2008

Pilot / Base Manager

Air Safaris and Services Ltd

Lake Tekapo and Twizel, New Zealand

Role Responsibilities

  • Scenic flights in the Mt. Cook and Westland National Parks.
  • VFR flying in a mountain environment with challenging weather conditions.
  • Liaised with booking agents, tour group leaders, management and information centres.
  • Sole-charge of satellite base.
Nov 2005 - Mar 2006

Line Pilot / UNICOM Operator

Aoraki Mt Cook Skiplanes

Mount Cook, New Zealand

Role Responsibilities

  • On-call Pilot for scenic flights around Mt Cook and Westland National Parks in wheeled aircraft.
  • Provided traffic and weather  information to company aircraft and submitted official hourly weather observation reports to MetService NZ.
Nov 2004 - Jan 2006

Pilot / Operations Manager

Mt Cook Skydive

Twizel, New Zealand

Start-up skydiving operation.

Role Responsibilities:

  • Pilot for parachuting operation.
  • Operations Manager of a small start up business.
  • Liaised with booking agents and other airport users.
  • In conjunction with other airport operators, established aerodrome procedures for aircraft operating safely around parachutes.
Mar 2003 - Jun 2003

Pilot / Airline Agent

Lee's Sea Air

Role responsibilities:

  • Charter flying in remote Northern Alaska.
  • Flight planning and booking of charters.
  • Unloading freight and mail.
  • Ground operations for other airlines
  • Weather reports to pilots via radio.
Nov 1999 - Apr 2001

Ground Operations Supervisor / Baggage and Freight Handler

Origin Pacific Airlines

Christchurch, New Zealand

Ground Operations Supervisor

Role responsibilities:

  • Team Leader for 20 ground staff.
  • Overall responsibility for aircraft turnarounds. 20hr/day operation.
  • Unloading and loading baggage, ground power starts, marshalling, catering, cleaning and toilet servicing on Jetstream 31/32/41, Dash 8, ATR72
  • Aircraft role configuration changes. (Freight to passenger configuration and vice versa)
  • Staff training
  • Liaison with flight crew, customer service agents, airfreight agents.
  • Rostering of ground staff utilizing both full-time and casual workers for peak times.
  • Allocating resources to ensure maximum efficiency and excellent on-time performance.
  • Reacting to changing deadlines and re-allocating resources accordingly.

Baggage /Freight handler 

Role responsibilities

  • Receiving, recording, loading and unloading freight for Metroliner aircraft
  • Reconfiguring aircraft from passenger configuration to freight configuration and vice versa
  • Calculating aircraft zone weights for load control.
Sep 1997 - Apr 1998

Professional Sled-dog trainer

Goose Lake Kennels

4 time Iditarod Champion Jeff King

Denali Park, Alaska, USA

Role responsibilities:

  • Numerous homestead and kennel duties using basic water, power and heating facilities for 100+ racing Alaskan huskies.
  • Monitoring animal conditioning and general health.
  • Planning training routines and route selection. (Up to 100 miles per day)
  • Planning transport of equipment to race locations.
  • Organising and preparing food and equipment re-supply drops for races.
  • Repair of equipment.
  • Assisting in kennel tours to the general public.
  • Handler for the winning team of the the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race team in 1998.
  • Work ethics and self motivation.
  • Cold weather survival.
  • Problem solving and resourcefulness.
  • Wilderness navigation.
  • Time management.
  • Expedition logistics 
Sep 1995 - Mar 1996

Expedition Crewmember

Knik Kennels / Iditarod Challenge

Knik, Alaska, USA

Role responsibilities:

  • Crewmember duties on Joe Redington Snr's  “Iditarod Challenge” Knik, Alaska to Nome, Alaska taking 25 days and travelling 1000 miles. Winter 1996.
  • Trail breaking. Route finding. Liaising with Yupik and Unuit village locals on trail conditions and weather.
  • Training and conditioning of 90 racing sled dogs prior to expedition.. 
  • Expedition logistics. Preparing equipment, Preparing food resupply drops.
  • Training of clients in sled control and animal care.
  • Kennel duties. Care of animals. Repair of equipment. Snowmobile maintenance. Assisting in cooking and camp duties.
  • Completion of personal and professional mid-distance races (50-200 miles)


Sep 2002 - Nov 2002

Multi-Engine Instrument Rating

Ardmore Flying School

Full-time theory and practical short course.

Mar 1987 - Nov 1989

Technician's Certificate in Draughting

Technical Correspondence Institute

Technical Drawing

Surveying Practise

Engineering Materials

Certificate completed while working as a Draughtsman for Telecom New Zealand Ltd.

Jan 1983 - Mar 1987

Secondary Education

Melville High School

University Entrance (Higher School Certificate equivalent) 


Aug 2013 - Aug 2016

Workplace First Aid

Australia Wide First Aid
Feb 2015 - Feb 2016

Drug and Alcohol Management Plan Training

Jul 2014 - Jul 2015

Fatigue Risk Management System Training

Jun 2014 - Jun 2015

Hypoxia Awareness

Altitude Training Centre 
Jun 2013 - Jun 2015

Dangerous Goods Awareness

Civil Aviation Academy Australasia
Jun 2013 - Jun 2015

Crew Resource Management

Civil Aviation Academy Australasia


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