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Australian Region Newsletter

May 2023
Chairman's Message
Dear Fellow Members,
The Australian Region of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots passed another Annual Milestone with the Annual General Meeting held, via Zoom video conference, on 14th March 2023 and a number of events occurred that well bear notation.

I thank most sincerely the members of the Council, both new and continuing, whose support and abilities make the operations of the Company both efficient and enjoyable.  Deb Evans is our continuing Treasurer; Capt. Rob Dicker’s thoughtful and timely advice a Past Chairman is of continuing benefit to the Company and to me. Group Capt. Peter Norford’s Secretarial excellence is a continuing source of help in keeping the affairs of the Company in order. Capt. Peter Raven, is a bulwark for thoughtful management of the Trophies and Awards. Capt. Brian Greeves whose technical insights have assisted me in understanding significant technical issues, will be of great value as Technical and Air Safety Director to the Company.  Paul Dare, John Siebert and Rob Moore are welcome as Ordinary, but highly contributing, members of the Council.

 Otherwise, we welcome our new Master of the Honourable Company, Captain Jonathan Legat and we look forward to meeting him and his wife, Dominique, on their trip to our Region later in the year. Initial arrangements are being made for that tour which will be after the Trophies and Awards dinner to be held in London in late October.

The PACDEFF Conference, (The Pacific and Australasian CRM Developers’ and Facilitators’ Forum)will be held at Rydges Hotel South Bank, Brisbane, Australia on 12/13 September, 2023. We have been fortunate to have received the benefit of an additional complimentary seat at this conference, which we wish to assign to a new Member of the Company who has not previously had connection with these disciplines. Please contact the Secretary if you would like to have your name considered by the Council.

The Australian Region’s Scholarship Program is now seeking applications for this year’s scholarships which include ATPL, MCC, and IR scholarships. We also have some new scholarships; one from Pinstripe Solutions offering coaching for Air Force or Airline applications and one from the ACE Training Centre for HUET and EBS training. We would welcome the effort of every member to promote these scholarships as widely as possible.

Finally, I would like to offer my personal congratulations to Freeman, Greg Hood AO, for his award as an Officer in the Order of Australia in this year's Australia Day Honours.

Yours sincerely,
Spencer Ferrier
Regional Chairman
Honourable Company of Air Pilots
SYDNEY   NSW   Australia
Master, 2023-2024; Captain Jonathan Legat
As is custom, the Master for 2023-2024, Captain Jonathan Legat, was installed  following the Annual General Meeting held in Merchant Taylors' Hall on Monday 21 March 2023. Jonathan will be supported by his wife, Dominique.

Jonathan's first visit to Heathrow, as a very small boy, is still a vividly implanted in his memory and that was the day he announced: “I am going to be a pilot”. In that brief encounter he’d got the bug; nothing deviated him from that goal and he has now been flying for nearly 50 years.

At 17 he completed a Royal Naval Flying Scholarship, 30 hours flying at Carlisle and seven months later, after A-levels, he finished his PPL at Roborough. Jonathan then flew privately at Biggin Hill until he started his cadetship at The College of Air Training, Hamble.

Upon graduation there were no flying jobs with British Airways so, somewhat reluctantly, he accepted their suggestion of becoming Cabin Crew until one became available. Flying jobs in GA, corporate aviation and the the fledgling Air Europe did eventuate before he moved to Hong Kong to join Cathay Pacific in the mid 80s.

After more than 30 years with Cathay Pacific, 25 years in Hong Kong and 27 years on the jumbo, Jonathan retired from professional flying at the beginning of 2018, having flown almost 25,000 hours.

Jonathan joined GAPAN 20 years ago and took Livery in 2014; he was elected to the Court as an Assistant in 2015.

Jonathan and Dominique live in a small village near Winchester; they have a daughter, a soppy Golden Retriever, a cat and around 30,000 bees. His hobbies include skiing, cycling, riding his motorbike, and he has recently taken up beekeeping and joined a chess club. He plays flute (quite well) and saxophone (badly) and particularly enjoys watching Formula 1, rugby and cricket.

A complete list of the current Court members can be found at this link.

Australia Day Honours
Our congratulations are extended to Freeman, Greg Hood AO, who, in the Australia Day Honours announced earlier this year, became an Officer in the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the national transportation and aviation industries, and to the not-for-profit sector.

Greg's is currently the Deputy Chairman of Airservices Australia, having previously served as Chief Commissioner and CEO of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau and prior to that various senior management positions within both Airservices Australia and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.
Technical and Air Safety
Director of Technical and Air Safety, Captain Brian Greeves has submitted the following report.

This is my first report as director, and I would like to thank all concerned for electing me to serve in this role. For those that do not know me, I was chair of the Hong Kong Regional Committee and started my committee involvement as the Technical Member. I have chaired the International Federation of Air Pilots Associations (IFALPA) Aircraft and Design Committee. I presently run my own small consultancy and provide safety and technical advice to the Australian Airline Pilots Association and to various airports and contractors. In my capacity as the AusALPA Safety and Technical Consultant, I participate in CASA Technical Working Groups and other forums, such as the National Runway Safety Group and its WGs, the BoM’s aviation industry meetings, the AAA Industry Liaison Group and the Australian Aviation Wildlife Hazard Group. I am also a faculty manager for the JAA-Training Organisation based in Amsterdam and conduct regular (virtual) training courses.

Despite this background, I am still a “newbie” to many aspects of Australian Aviation, especially GA and Sports Aviation, so would appreciate your advice and forbearance.

The Terms of Reference for the White Paper have been published. Whilst HCAPA did not make a submission, there will be an opportunity to respond when the Green Paper is published....

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HCAPA 2023 Scholarship Program
Chairman, Aviation Careers and Education Committee, Wing Commander (Ret'd) Arnie Morscheck is seeking your assistance with the HCAPA 2023 Scholarship Program. He writes:

Each year your Company offers up aviation training scholarships in cooperation with some of the best organisations in Australia. This year we have added specialist job preparation coaching services and helicopter related courses.
I am seeking your assistance in publicising the program please, as take up has been slow and my resources are limited – hopefully many of you have links with areas involving young keen pilots and can pass on the scholarship details.
Links to the relevant information which you can share are:


HCAPA Scholarship Page
LinkedIn Post

Please contact me if you need any further information.
Thank you for your support, cheers,

PACDEFF Conference, Brisbane, 12-13 Sept 2023
PACDEFF is the largest CRM, NTS and Aviation Human Factors Conference of its type in the world. In 2023 PACDEFF will be presenting a conference which offers a substantial array of CRM, NTS, Aviation Human Factors, and Aviation Psychology topics, which will be of interest to a wide cross-section of Human Factors, Aviation Psychology and Safety professionals, practitioners and academics.

As a sponsor of this conference the HCAPA receives a number of seats at the conference. We are inviting expressions of interest from any member, particularly any of our younger members and/or those residing in the Brisbane area if you would be interested in attending. Please contact the Secretary with your details.
Images from South Australia
It's good to see some of our members from South Australia taking to the sky! These images are from the Barossa Valley Airshow and the Anzac day flypast in Adelaide.
Top Image: Steve Nelson in his DHC-1 Chipmunk and Steve Johnson in his DH-82 Tiger Moth depart Aldinga for the Anzac Day flypast. Above, clockwise from top: Jim Whalley demonstrating his SIAI Marchetti S-211; Jim Whalley demonstrating his CAC Boomerang; Young Member Holly McRae and Barbara Trappett, proud owner of the Ryan STM-S2, with pilot Ben Lappin;  The line up of aircraft at Aldinga prior to the Anzac Day flypast; Holly McRae tries out the Tiger Moth for size; Barbara Trappett's Ryan STM-S2 at the Barossa Valley Airshow.
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