Gallery of Members
Brian Greeves (Sydney Branch)
Brian Greeves is the founding director of Aviation Solutions (AVSOLS) and has over forty years experience as a pilot, having flown over 40 aircraft types and accumulated nearly 15,000 flying hours, including 10,000 in command. Prior to forming AVSOLS, he was a Senior Captain with Cathay Pacific Airways and also flew with the Royal Air Force and other airlines. He is still rated on the Airbus 330 aircraft.
He now provides aviation consultancy services and training to a number of organizations and companies in Australia and outside. He is a member of the RAeS’ Sydney Branch Committee and the chair of its Lecture Sub-Committee. He has received both the IFALPA’s CN Sayen Award and its Scroll of Merit, and is a liveryman of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots and a holder of its Master Air Pilot’s Certificate.
Brian is British/Irish national and is a permanent resident of Hong Kong and Australia. Brian has extensive community interests, and enjoys hiking, cycling and swimming in his free time.
John King (Sydney Branch)
John joined Hawker de Havilland in 1983 as an aeronautical engineer. In 1985 he joined Qantas, progressing through various Engineering and Customer Services Groups, before being promoted to the position of Manager Military Customers in 1993. Leaving Qantas in 1996, he joined Coopers and Lybrand Management Consulting Services. Rejoining Qantas in 1999 he was General Manager Defence Services; and then General Manager Commercial. He was involved in major defence contracts including the C-130 Weapon System, the RAAF Special Purpose Aircraft fleet and the EADS-QDS KC-30A Tanker.
Leaving QDS in February 2004, John joined Hawker Pacific as the Vice President MRO Australia, responsible for all commercial aircraft MRO activities in Australia across 14 facilities.
In 2007, John established True / False Consulting to provide strategy and business development, implementation, project management, tender team leadership and client engagement services in the Defence, Aerospace, Rail and Resource sectors.
Garry Bates (Queensland Branch)
Air Cdre Garry Bates AM (Ret’d) has been a military aerospace engineer, who served as Director General Aerospace Combat Systems DMO Head Air Force Change Management Implementation and Director General Program Management in the RAAF. He was also Director General Aerospace Combat Systems at the Defence Materiel Organisation, where he managed the acquisition and upgrade of the F-111, F/A18, P3-C and Hawk fleets and airborne guided weapons. He has also been Deputy Chief Executive and Acting CEO of Engineers Australia.
John Vincent (Sydney Branch)
John is the current President of the Australian Division of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He has extensive airline engineering and maintenance experience over a professional career spanning more than 40 years, including more than 25 years in executive and general management roles in large airline engineering and maintenance organisations.
He is an aeronautical engineer, having worked in airline technical services (structures, systems, aircraft performance and fleet evaluation) and aircraft acceptance/delivery roles. He has filled senior engineering, maintenance, fleet development, safety, quality and risk management roles including holding various National Airworthiness Authority (CASA) approvals and has led the Engineering and Maintenance businesses of Air Pacific (Fiji), Ansett Australia and Qantas Airways Ltd.
He is an Adjunct Professor with the University of New South Wales School of Aviation and a director of the Qantas Foundation Memorial.
Andrew Drysdale (Sydney Branch)
Andrew is the Executive Director of Mentor Aviation Services, providing Aviation and Tourism consulting services both in Australia and internationally. He is also a Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales where he lectures on Aviation management. He is a Past President of the Royal Aeronautical Society in Australia, serves on the Council, and is a Fellow of the Society.
He was CEO of Fiji’s Air Pacific, and of Australian Regional Hazelton Airlines, and Regional Vice President Asia/Pacific for the International Air Transport Association (IATA). He has served on the Boards of IATA and of the Regional Airlines Association of Australia.
He also has extensive Tourism experience and was made Life Member of the Pacific Asia Travel Association for his contribution to the Travel industry. He participates in a mentoring program for young executives in that industry.
Craig Schramm (Queensland Branch)
Colonel Craig Schramm was born in Brisbane where he completed his secondary schooling and tertiary education in medicine. He joined the Army in August 1989 as an undergraduate Medical Officer allocated to the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps.
During his military career, Craig has held a number of postings, particularly in Aviation Medicine. He also spent three years as the Director of Future Health Capability for the ADF, and is currently Specialist Medical Adviser – Airworthiness for the Australian Army. He has deployed on a number of occasions, including to Rwanda, East Timor, Banda Aceh, and Afghanistan. He completed Army pilot training in 2004.
He is the current President of the Australasian College of Aerospace Medicine.
Colonel Schramm is married with two children and enjoys music, outdoor pursuits and rugby. He is also a keen private pilot, who enjoys aerobatics and flying historic aircraft.
Wayne Martin (Queensland Branch)
Wayne commenced flying in 1979 and then spent 10 years in the Royal New Zealand Air Force. Following his military career, which was spent on HS748 Andovers, F27s and C130 Hercules aircraft, he joined the Air New Zealand group with one of their Link carriers, Air Nelson. He then moved to Ansett New Zealand, where he spent most of his time on the BAe146. Following this Wayne worked for a crewing company, flying Dash 8 and ATR72 aircraft on various contracts around New Zealand and the South Pacific. In 2004 he joined Pacific Blue, initially as a First Officer, then as a Captain and Training Captain, before moving across to the B777 in 2010.
He has been heavily involved in ground training of a wide variety of disciplines. He has also held various management positions, in Fleet, Training and Non-technical Skills roles. Wayne continues to run the PACDEFF Airline Human Factors Conference, which is held in Australasia every year. The conference is principally a Human Factors practitioner’s conference, which showcases some of the best Human Factors research around and facilitates interaction between Human Factors professionals across the aviation industry.
Wayne has accumulated four degrees, including two Masters degrees and a PhD in Human Factors. His doctoral thesis was entitled ‘Pathological behaviours in pilots: The effects of startle, freeze and denial on situation outcome’. He was made a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society in 2014.