Craig’s interest in aviation began as a child, collecting every aircraft magazine or picture he could get hold of. At the first opportunity, he got on-board. Craig joined the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) at 19-years-old and trained as a pilot. He flew various aircraft types and operations including helicopters, maritime patrol aircraft and the PC9 trainer. His last full-time job in the RAAF was as a flying instructor at central flying school.
After 13 years of service, Craig left the RAAF to work as a civilian flying instructor contracted to train military students in the Middle East. After five years he returned to Australia to co-own and operate a flying college training both fixed and rotary wing students to commercial pilot licence (CPL) level. He held the roles of theory lecturer, flying instructor, safety manager and head of training.
After selling the college, Craig returned to the RAAF as a reservist for the training support cell at the advanced flying training school. In 2011-12, he trained with the RAAF on the HERON UAV and completed an operational tour in Afghanistan.
Craig holds an aeroplane air transport pilot licence (ATPL) and instructor rating as well as a helicopter CPL.
He has learnt and seen first-hand the value of robust safety and quality managements systems throughout his career. In June 2012, Craig joined CASA as an aviation safety advisor with a commitment to influencing and promoting safety to the aviation community.