Homer commenced his career in aviation in 1972, starting as a Pilot and then Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer having gathered experience in the General Aviation, Business Aviation and Airline sectors in Europe prior to joining Airflite.
He has been with Airflite since 1983; and has been a Company Director and one of the owners since 1987. Homer has been Managing Director at Airflite since 2002. He has been instrumental in the growth of the business, from a local sales and maintenance organisation, to a vibrant international organisation with customers throughout Australia and the Asian region. That growth has resulted in the broad capability that Airflite offers today across multiple markets.
Homer is a passionate advocate for the development of in-country capability and reinvestment in localised skill, as evidenced by Airflite’s capability growth, apprenticeship program and establishment of a specialised Registered Training Organisation.
Kris has been with Airflite since he graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce double major in Corporate Administration and Management in 2003. In 2016, Kris became a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and is currently completing his Masters of Business Administration (MBA).
Kris’ duties stretch across a variety of business areas, predominantly focussed on strategy, business development, risk, contracts, and general management. Kris’ journey at Airflite has included prior roles of Project Administrator, Project Manager and Business Development Manager, prior to becoming General Manager.
Kris is also a Chairperson of the Australian Industry Defence Network in Western Australia (AIDN-WA), which seeks to promote the interests of the local Defence industry. Kris has represented the Aviation and Defence industry as a keynote speaker at events for University of WA, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA, the Australian Department of Immigration, Defence and Industry Study Program and AIDN-WA; and as a panel member for a Committee for Economic Development of Australia.
Eastern States Business Manager
Patrick is a former senior RAAF Engineering Officer, having served 22 years in the RAAF. He separated from the RAAF in 1994 to establish the Airflite East Sale site and organisation. Prior to joining Airflite Pty Ltd, Patrick was the Commanding Officer of Maintenance Squadron East Sale .During his career with the RAAF he held significant senior engineering positions including a three year overseas posting with the USAF on F-111s.
Patrick is now in this 25th year with Airflite and after ten years running the East Sale site was promoted to his current position to oversee all operations on the Eastern States of Australia.
His greatest achievement todate was leading the Airflite team presentation in Canberra to secure the Life of Type contract for the PC-9/A.
For the past ten years he has led the small ACS team in managing the RI contract for the PC-9/A and expanded the aircraft lease contracts on the East Coast for the Moorabbin office.
Defence Programs Manager
Steve is a former senior RAAF Engineering Officer, having served 33 years in the RAAF as both a technical airmen and engineering officer. He separated from the RAAF in 2013 to manage the PC-9/A program for Airflite, and was appointed to his current position overseeing the Company’s Defence program in July 2015.
Prior to joining Airflite Pty Ltd, Steve was the Commanding Officer of the Training Aircraft Systems Program Office, and prior to that the Director of Aviation Regulation at the Directorate General Technical Airworthiness where he provided oversight for the ADF aviation engineering and maintenance technical regulatory environment. Steve has completed several management, engineering and technical courses during his time with the RAAF, and has held significant senior engineering and logistics posts throughout his RAAF career including RAAF LIF Hawk Integrated Logistics Support Manager (RAAF Williamtown) and Resident ILS Engineer (BAE Systems UK).
Chief Engineer – PC-9/A
Cameron holds degrees in Science, Aeronautical Engineering and Finance and is a former RAAF Engineering Officer. Prior to separating from the RAAF, he was the F/A18 Airframe Structures Engineering Team Leader and Design Engineer for F/A18 and Macchi Structures and Systems at the Tactical Fighter Weapons Systems Logistics Squadron.
Cameron has been employed by Airflite since 1998 and his roles have included Site Manager of the RAAF Pearce operations, and PC9/A Senior Maintenance Manager. These roles also include managing Airflite contracts held with BAE Systems Australia.
Cameron has extensive experience in ADF communication procedures, engineering reporting and system engineering. He has a depth understanding of Commonwealth contractual requirements and is also a champion of Agile methodology within Airflite. He strives to develop collaborative behaviour throughout Airflite product development and embraces Scrum and Sprint process during projects which require a fast prototype or undefined scope.
Head of Maintenance - Fixed Wing
Paul joined Airflite in December 2011 after moving to Australia from the United Kingdom. He was employed as a Licenced Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (LAME) at the Airflite Perth Hangar.
Paul has been engaged in Business Aircraft Maintenance for over 30 years, working for industry majors such as British Aerospace, Raytheon & Hawker Beechcraft.
Paul has worked in Europe, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, Middle East and now in Australia.
During his years working in Aviation Paul has held multiple senior management roles including Chief Engineer, Chief Inspector, Director of Maintenance and Engineering Manager.
Paul holds multiple Aircraft Maintenance Engineers licences from EASA (UK), USA FAA A&P, and CASA Australia.
In 2017 Paul became Airflite’s Head of Maintenance – Fixed Wing
Robert “Joe” Dobson
Corporate Quality Manager
Joe joined Airflite in 1994, holding roles including Avionics Supervisor and Defence Quality Manager before his current role as Corporate Quality Manager. Joe’s experience extends across Defence and Civilian regulations, both in Australia and Internationally.
Prior to joining Airflite, Joe had a 22 year career in the Australian Air Force, specialising in Avionics. Joe is a qualified Avionics Aircraft Maintenance Engineer and a Lead Auditor for Quality and Safety (ISO9001 and AS4801).
Kim holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance), a Bachelor of Commerce (Honour) in Accounting and is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA).
Kim is the Finance Manager at Airflite and leads a dynamic team of accountants.
She joined the Airflite team in 2007. For 10 years Kim has worked in the accounts sector in varied roles. She started in accounts payable, then became an assistant accountant, before taking the role as senior accountant leading her to her position. She currently holds the position as Airflite’s Finance Manager. She has been in the position as Finance Manager for more than 5 years.
Kim is the senior executive responsible for managing the financial actions of Airflite. She is also responsible for financial planning and record keeping, as well as financial reporting to all stakeholders of Airflite.
BD & Projects Group Manager
Sandro re-joined Airflite in 2015 as Project Manager at the Perth Airport Office. He has previously worked for Airflite for 9 years from 1996-2005 as a Project Engineer.
Sandro’s extensive experience includes working as Project Manager for ANZAC Alliance Installations from 2005-2011 and as an Aircraft Project Planning Manager for CHC Helicopters from 2011-2015. His qualifications include Bachelor of Engineering (Aerospace Engineering) with Honours, Advanced Diploma in Business Administration as well as various short courses and internal training with Airflite, BAE and CHC.
Sandro is also professionally associated with Engineers Australia.
Business Development – Product Sales
Jason re-joined the Airflite team in May 2017 as a Business Development Manager at the Perth Airport Office. He previously worked for Airflite for 14 years from 1997 – 2011 in a range of roles in the Product Support team and the Business Development team.
After 14 years with Airflite he was keen expand knowledge on sales and gain exposure to the way other companies do business. During this time he worked as a sales representative for Aviall for 3 years handling key customers and contract management on a range of programs. In 2014 keen for another challenge he joined Heliwest spending 3 years as their Sales and Customer Service Manager selling not only parts and support services but 5 x Helicopters during that time.
Since re-joining Airflite, Jason has been involved in a wide range of tasks and customer engagement initiatives being put in place by Airflite. Over the coming months he’ll be on the road meeting with customers promoting Airflite’s services and looks forward to seeing you soon!
Chris joined the Airflite team in December 2013 as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics), then progressing to Project Coordinator, Project Leader and Project Manager in the Business Development Unit.
Chris served his engineering apprenticeship in the UK Ministry of Defence, going on to perform Fast Jet, Narrow Body and Rotary Wing maintenance, later progressing to Supervisor.
He then joined Vector Aerospace, certifying MRO in EASA Pt.145 and Military Airworthiness environments while gaining experience in Critical Chain and Lean processes.
Serving as a Subject Matter Expert, he delivered technical expertise to military helicopter operations at home and overseas.
Chris holds a Graduate Certificate (Project Management) and a Diploma (Management and Leadership).
Business Development Manager
James joined Airflite in January 2005 after emigrating from the UK in 2004. He initially joined the company in a Stores Person function as part of the RAAF PC-9/A contract and progressed through to Repairable Items Coordinator and then Project Control. This exposure to the different Airflite business streams and the wider industry earned James a promotion to Business Development Manager. Prior to moving to Australia, James was formally qualified as an Automotive mechanic.
Customer Service Representative (FBO)
With extensive experience in commercial and corporate VIP ground handling since 2007, Tony has had the privilege of Managing and Supervising ground operations, previously holding the positions such as Ramp Supervisor and Charters Coordinator for Dnata Airport Services to Operations and Facilities Manager at the Perth Flight Centre.
Tony joined Airflite in 2016, holding the role as Customer Service Representative within the FBO division, his prime focus is providing clients with exceptional service and guest experience whilst in Perth. Tony has completed a Diploma of Business and is currently completing his Masters of Business Administration (MBA).
Gerard De Souza
Supply Chain Manager
Gerard commenced his aviation career with the Singapore Air Force in 1988 as an Air Operations Specialist, thereafter upgrading to an instructor in 1992, coordinating courses and lecturing personnel on Radar Surveillance systems.
Gerard has a Commercial Pilots Licence, an Advanced Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety; and is an Aviation Safety Lead Auditor. Before joining Airflite in 2005, he has performed a variety of aviation roles in Engineering Safety, Flight Safety, Corporate OHS and Spares Procurement.
The diversity Gerard has provides him an ability to understand aviation situations from many aspects; piloting, flight systems and procedures, radar control and communication, engineering and administrative. As Airflite’s Supply Chain Manager, Gerard negotiates with local and overseas clients, bringing new business opportunities to Airflite, ensuring through sound management of the supply chain that Airflite can deliver on promises made.
James joined Airflite in October 2015 bringing with him 10 + years of accounting knowledge across multiple industries including Investment Banking, Mining.
Since migrating to Australia in 2011 James has worked with some very high profile mining companies and most recently held a Management Accountant role with Toll Group on the Gorgon Project – Barrow Island.
Since joining Airflite, James has been involved in a wide range of tasks, has produced detailed budgets for major contracts and has been a key player in the management team.
James is CIMA qualified (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) and holds a Diploma in Financial Services.
Customer Relationship Manager
Vice President of Aircraft Sales
Nicholas joined Airflite in 2016 as Vice President of Aircraft Sales, having previously held positions Sales Director and/or VP of Sales positions at organisations including Hawker Pacific, Aeromil, Raytheon Aircraft Company and Bombardier Aerospace. Nicholas has extensive experience in business aviation sales and management in the Asia-Pacific region over the last thirty years.
Nicholas holds a Higher National Diploma in Business and Administrative Studies from Greenwich University in London, and is an Executive Committee Member of the Australian Business Aviation Association.
Head of Maintenance – General Aviation
Simon joined the Airflite team in 1996 as a first year apprentice. He went on to become an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME), then a Licenced Aircraft Maintenance Engineer and in 2007 he became Chief engineer for Airflite at Jandakot.
As Chief Engineer, Simon is in charge of all aspects of Aircraft maintenance at Jandakot. He has a team of AME’s, LAME’s and apprentices that assist him daily ensuring all works carried out are to his high standard.
Business Support Manager – East Sale
Tony has been with Airflite since 2015 as a Business Support Manager at our East Sale office.
He holds a Diploma in Business, an Advanced Diploma in Management as well as a Bachelors in Applied Management from Federation University in Victoria.
Tony has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience working a variety of roles. Prior to joining Airflite, Tony gained experience in Inventory Management/Finance and Budget Reporting at CofA(Defence) for 9 years. He has also spent 2 years as a Correctional Officer and 8 years as a Records Manager/Court Co-ordinator for GEO.
He is a qualified APRO (Aeronautical Produces Receit Officer) under the Department of Defence and holds various defence based qualifications including MILIS, AIMS, IMAT and ROMAN.
Branch Manager – Victoria Product Support
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Site Manager – East Sale
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