Meet the sport aviation team
Our sport aviation office
Australian sport aviation operates under self-administration. This means that CASA sets the regulations and then through its dedicated self-administering sport aviation office (SASAO) works in close cooperation with established recreational aviation administration organisations (RAAOs), to make sure the regulations are applied and enforced. The RAAOs provide CASA with specialist knowledge of, and insight into, the sport aviation industry.
The Sport Aviation Self Administration Handbook 2010 provides further detail of CASA’s expectations for RAAOs and their board members in ensuring that self-administration is providing a safe environment for sport aviators, as well as for other airspace users and people and property on the ground.
RAAOs are required to meet performance standards and undergo surveillance events (audits). The organisations must continually assure CASA that they are providing appropriate oversight of their sport aviation activities and managing risks.
CASA also receives regular reports about RAAOs’ activities and safety performance, and is therefore aware of safety issues across the industry. This helps to create a safer sport aviation industry for participants and the general public.
Meet the team
Team Leader SASAO. As team leader, Lee heads a multidisciplinary team of sport aviation professionals covering a wide and diverse sector. Lee has a background in working in the sport and recreational aviation industries and is a qualified commercial pilot, trained accident investigator and flight instructor.
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 prized set of skills and experience he consistently uses in support of sport and recreational aviation.
Sport Aviation Technical Officer. Klaus is our technical aircraft certification specialist and complements the SASAO 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.
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 (3-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.
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.