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Rob grew up in a family with his father an instrument fitter in the RAAF and then an Air Traffic Controller with AirServices Australia. Robs’ aviation career started in 1995 when he learnt to fly while working in oil analysis. Following completion of his commercial pilots licence, Rob completed his instructor rating and gained part time work as a charter pilot and flight instructor.
Whilst working part time as a pilot, Rob left the oil analysis industry and took a short-term contract as an Airways Data Systems Officer at Brisbane’s Air Traffic Control Centre.
Completing this six-month contract, Rob gained full time employment at a Coolangatta based training and charter service where he completed his command instrument rating. Rob later joined Flight West Airlines, however following the subsequent closure of Flight West post Ansett collapse, Rob joined Queensland Police Service (QPS).
After 15 years serving the people of Queensland in various locations including Gold Coast, Logan, Charleville and Brisbane performing duties including, forensic crash investigator, (where he completed ATSB and RaAus air crash investigation courses), scenes of crime officer and forensic imaging officer, Rob was successful in becoming the RPAS Chief Pilot for the QPS, as well as for Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES).
For 3 years Rob ran and grew the RPAS operations through QPS and QFES whilst also assisting other intra and interstate agencies, with a heavy emphasis on safety and continual aviation education to enhance understanding of the aviation environment.
After 18 years with Queensland Police, Rob joined the aviation safety team in April 2020, to follow his aviation passion and to continue promoting safety assisting in keeping Australia’s enviable safety record.