Alf is passionate about life, aviation, and spreading knowledge through service to the Australian community.
Alf joined the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in 1978 and graduated from the RAAF Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Graduate Diploma of Military Aviation. Chasing his childhood dream to fly, Alf graduated from the RAAF Pilot's Course in 1981 and commenced an uninterrupted 30 year flying career covering RAAF service, airline and general aviation, covering 61 aircraft types totaling 9,040 flight hours.
A graduate of the United States Navy (USN) Test Pilot School as an Engineering Experimental Test Pilot, Alf's military tours included flying the P-3C Orion to numerous locations around the globe and, significantly, 20 years’ experience as a Qualified Test Pilot predominately with the Aircraft Research and Development Unit (ARDU).
Armed with an ATPL(A), Alf left the RAAF in 2000 to pursue a civilian aviation career flying the SAAB 340B at Kendell Airlines and then Regional Express (Rex) for a five year period. During that time he was appointed Chief Pilot of Flinders University of South Australia’s Airborne Research Australia (ARA), conducting high altitude atmospheric research programs in the unique Grob 520T Egrett.
Alf rejoined the Air Force in 2006 for a decade, where he further expanded his aviation management experience by commanding ARDU, and then as the Chief of Staff at the Directorate of Defence Aviation and Air Force Safety (DDAAFS). During his four years at DDAAFS, Alf graduated from University of Southern California as an Aircraft Accident Investigator, completed the Singapore Aviation Academy’s Integrated Safety Management System course and completed the USN Aviation Safety Commander's course. Alf retired from Defence in early 2016 after graduating from ANU with a Graduate Diploma in Strategic Studies before joining CASA as the Aviation Safety Advisor Team Leader.
Alf is a life member of the international Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP) and is an active member of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI). He remains current in aviation practice by flying the Robin 2160i and Baron aircraft.