CASA’s role in sport aviation
Our sport aviation office
Australian sport aviation operates under self-administration. This means that CASA sets the regulations and our sport aviation section works with self-administering organisations to ensure the regulations are applied and enforced.
Find out more about these self-administering organisations.
Meet the team
Lee Ungermann - Team Leader Sport Aviation
As team leader, Lee heads a multidisciplinary team of sport aviation professionals covering a wide and diverse sector. Lee has a background working in the sport and recreational aviation industry and is a qualified commercial pilot, trained accident investigator and flight instructor.
Mick Poole - Sport Aviation Technical Officer
Mick is our technical specialist, with a wide-ranging technical and aviation background. Working in the aircraft manufacturing sector, GA and RA-Aus maintenance, and warbird environments has given him a complementary and highly desirable set of skills and experience, he consistently uses in support of sport and recreational aviation.
Klaus Schwerdtfeger - Sport Aviation Technical Officer
Klaus is our technical aircraft certification specialist and complements the sport aviation section’s technical team well with his attention to detail and his mix of skills and experience as a longstanding South African CAA certification engineer and accident investigator. With a degree in mechanical engineering, experience as a glider and GA pilot and a strong interest in constructing amateur aircraft, he is able to provide valuable knowledge and guidance to the sector.
Zane Tully - Sport Aviation Operations Officer
Zane complements the team with his aviation experience across both GA and recreational aviation. With a background in sport and recreational instruction (three-axis, weightshift and gliding), GA flying (both fixed and rotary wing) and experience with incident/accident investigation, complaint handling and flight training, he is able to provide valuable operational safety and regulatory knowledge to the sector.
Steve Fickling - Sport Aviation Operations Officer
Steve has over 20 years of experience in skydiving operations. This experience included safety roles for the Australian Parachute Federation, where he was director safety. Having flying experience with GA, recreational aircraft and gliding, and working within the oil and gas industry in auditing roles, gives him a broad understanding of aviation from both sport and industry viewpoints.
Raymond Hudson - Sport Aviation Safety Assurance Officer
Raymond complements the team with his aviation experience across RPT, GA and recreational aviation. With his background in GA, recreational flying and working in the airline industry in flight operations technical and safety roles as well as being a CASA approved weight control authority, he is able to provide safety management system support and advice to industry and the rest of the team.