Gallery of Members

Rob Moore webRobert Christopher Moore (Adelaide Branch)


Rob Moore OAM AMRAeS, brings a wealth of history and experience within the Australian aviation fraternity. Having first flown solo in a German designed Club Built Edmund Schneider ES49 two seater in 1961, Rob has accumulated over 6000 hours as a pilot of both gliders and powered aircraft. As a flying instructor, Rob has given many young pilots their first taste of flying, and has sent aviators solo, who have progressed to take very senior positions in the RAAF, Air Services Australia and commercial aviation.

Rob Moore was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in the Australia Day, 2000, Honours List, for service to youth, particularly through the South Australian Squadron Air Training Corps, and to Gliding.

In 2009 Rob Moore was awarded the Federation Aeronautic International (FAI) Air Sport Medal. In awarding this medal, the FAI noted that Mr Moore has trained youths, aged 13 to 20 years, to fly gliders with the Australian Air Force Cadets, for 40 years, as well as being state manager of the AAFC for powered flying and parachuting operations. He has been training youths as a Gliding Federation of Australia (GFA) Instructor for 46 years. He was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 2000 for his services to youth through the AAFC and gliding. He has been granted the Livery with the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators in recognition of his services. He is chairman of the GFA Sports Committee and on the committee for the inaugural Club Class World Gliding Championships held in Australia in 2001.

Rob holds a Private Pilot’s Licence, Night VFR, twin endorsement and Glider Towing endorsement. Rob is also a Level 2 Gliding Instructor.

Rob is a Liveryman in the Honourable Company of Air Pilots (HCAP), and is currently Chairman of the South Australian Working Group HCAP Australia.

Rob is a former Gliding Federation of Australia Board Member, former Treasurer of the South Australian Gliding Association 20 years, and former Adelaide Soaring Club Committee person 19 years.

Rob has been a uniformed officer in Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC) for 30 years primarily responsible for flight training, with appointments as Staff Officer Flying Training and gliding CFI.

David AdkinsDavid Adkins (Sydney Branch)


David is currently the Vice Chairman of the Sydney Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society. David held the position of Chairman of the Sydney Branch RAeS and member of the RAeS Australian Division Council, from March 2007 until December 2011. David holds a Master of Business and Technology degree, is a Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society, is a Member of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators and is a Technologist Member of Engineers Australia.

David is a Commercial Pilot Licence holder and is also a holder of a CASR Part 66 B2 (Avionics) Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Licence (LAME).

David was employed by QANTAS for 18 years, 8 years within Engineering and Maintenance, and 10 years within Group Safety. David is currently employed by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority as a Safety Systems Inspector.

David CoxDavid Cox (Sydney Branch)


David is currently the COO at the Faculty of Engineering and IT at the University of Sydney. The Faculty, which has been teaching Engineering in Australia since 1883, has over 5,000 students enrolled and is in the top rank of global Engineering Schools. Previously, David had a 23 year airline career with Qantas. Starting in the aircraft evaluation and performance field, he spent time with responsibility for Group fleet planning and then moved into general management as GGM for the Group's regional subsidiaries. He then moved back to manage Engineering, and in 2003 was appointed as EGM Qantas Engineering with responsibility for the over 6,000 staff who provide E&M services to the Qantas Airline's fleet. David has also represented his employers on subsidiary boards, trade associations and industry forums.

Rob CroweColonel Robert Crowe (Queensland Branch)


Colonel Crowe has served in the Australian Regular Army with the Corps of Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers since 1986. His regimental appointments were both with the 5th Aviation Regiment. Colonel Crowe has held senior design engineer, project and logistics appointments in the Defence Materiel Organisation with responsibilities for Army’s in-service helicopter and Unmanned Aerial Systems. Most recently has served as the Commander Army Aviation Systems Program Office and has recently taken up the appointment as Director of Engineering in Army Aviation Systems Branch.

Colonel Crowe was awarded a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Sydney, a Master of Business Administration Degree from Deakin University, a Master of Defence Studies from the University of Canberra, and a Master of Project Management Degree from the University of Southern Queensland. He is a graduate of the Royal Australian Air Force Command and Staff College. Colonel Crowe is a Fellow of The Institution of Engineers Australia and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Chartered Professional Engineer and listed on the National Professional Engineers Register in the categories of mechanical and aerospace engineering. Colonel Crowe is a Certified Practising Project Director with the Australian Institute of Project Management. In June 2010, he was made a Member in the Military Division of the Order of Australia for exceptional service in the sustainment of Army Aviation operations.

Colonel Crowe is currently the Chair of the Queensland Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Picture caption: On the 10 September 2014 Colonel Crowe had the honour of presenting Mr Bob Tait with the 2014 Wings Award for ‘Services to General Aviation’ at the Redcliffe Airport.

Murray StimsonMurray Stimson (Melbourne Branch)


Murray Stimson is a senior aerospace systems scientist with DSTO. He has been with Aeronautical Research Laboratories and later DSTO since graduating BE(Aero)(Hons) from UNSW in 1985. His early career was spent researching airframe structural integrity and conducting flight trials at ARDU and rocket trials at Woomera. One of the highlights was a posting to Northrop in 1990 doing stress analysis on the F/A-18 production line.

He was Project Manager for UAS research at DSTO Airframes and Engines Division from 2005-2007 and was then posted to the US as the Air Vehicle Science and Technology Advisor on the Australian F-35 acquisition project. Another posting followed as Staff Officer Science to Air Combat Group at RAAF Williamtown from 2010-2012, in which he was able to study the systemic aspects of air combat capability almost first hand. From 2012 to 2015 he was Project S&T Advisor to the Chinook helicopter acquisition and sustainment projects in the Defence Capability Plan, co-ordinating all DSTO input to these projects.

He is Chairman of the Melbourne Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society Australian Division. He is an active competition and cross-country soaring pilot with Melbourne Gliding Club at Bacchus Marsh, as well as an instructor and airworthiness engineer.

Richard Yates (Melbourne Branch)


Following a 20-year career in the Royal Air Force, Richard Yates held executive positions in civil aviation regulatory bodies in Europe and Australia between 1987 and 2001. Following five years with the UK CAA, as the Joint Aviation Authorities Operations Director, based in The Netherlands, Richard led the development of JAR-OPS (now EU OPS) between 1992 and 1998. This was followed by three years as Assistant Director Aviation Safety Standards with the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

Richard has been a safety management consultant since late-2001, specialising in the management of fatigue-related risk since 2003. A member of the global Steering Committee established to consider Crew Alertness in Ultra-Long Range Operations (2001-2005), Richard also chaired the Steering Committee responsible for overseeing a collaborative Fatigue Risk Management System research project (2001-2007) involving Qantas, CASA, the Australian and International Pilots Association and the Centre for Sleep Research (University of South Australia).

Richard’s consulting activities have involved a variety of industries including aviation, rail, road transport and emergency services; his clients include Airservices Australia, Qantas, the Australian National Transport Commission and the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment.

David ForsythDavid Forsyth (Sydney Branch)

AM BE(Aero) Grad Dip FRAeS FCILT

David has over 45 years working in the aviation industry, 34 of which were with Qantas, where he worked as a professional engineer and headed a number of Engineering Divisions prior to his appointment as General Manager Regional Airlines and then Executive General Manager Aircraft Operations, responsible for all Flight Operations, Engineering, and Maintenance.

Since 2004, David has worked as an independent consultant and has served on a number of Boards, including as Chairman of Airservices Australia, Chairman of Safeskies Conferences, Vice President of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (SE Section), Aviation Australia and President of the Royal Aeronautical Society Australian Division. In 2013/14 David was Chair of the Aviation Safety Regulation Review panel appointed by the Deputy Prime Minister. He is currently Chairman of the Industry Advisory Panel and an Adjunct Professor at the UNSW School of Aviation.

In 2013, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the aviation industry through a range of administrative and leadership roles.

Mark VellacottMark Vellacott (Queensland Branch)


Mark has a broad range of domestic and international engineering and management experience in both small and large aerospace and defence companies. He is a chartered engineer, supported by an MBA and two engineering degrees, with 30 years of experience managing operational, sales and business development related activities, as well as technology commercialisation programs in the aerospace and defence sector.

Mark’s past management experience includes involvement in a number of significant defence and commercial contracts, and strategic investment appraisal whilst working for British Aerospace and BAE SYSTEMS in the UK and Australia, as well as a number of programs involving interaction with state and federal governments on strategic industry development initiatives.

Recently Mark worked as a consultant in the biofuels sector, and have recently consulted to the University of Queensland under the UQ Energy Initiative on the commercialisation of biofuels technologies, in association Queensland State Government, and the Japanese Government New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization. Mark’s involvement in the biofuels sector has been due to the importance that civil aircraft operators are placing on the development of a sustainable source of renewable fuels, due in part to the European directive that requires the use of 10% renewable fuel blends in aircraft by 2020.

As the Managing Director of the ASX listed Structural Monitoring Systems plc Mark had the responsibility for the leadership, development and management of teams operating in the US, UK and Australia. Mark was also responsible for the strategic planning and management of the company’s financial budget and reporting systems. The position required strong communication and commercial negotiation skills, with a particular emphasis on the development and marketing of the company’s innovative structural health monitoring products and services to major airline companies and military organisations around the world. In recognition of Mark’s contribution to the advancement of structural health management technologies in US airlines he received the “NDT - Better Way” award from the US Federal Aviation Administration and Air Transport Association of America.

As Technical Director for Asia Pacific Space Center, Mark was responsible for the technical and commercial management of key aspects of a major infrastructure project working to establish a commercial satellite launch facility on Christmas Island. This role involved interaction with a number of federal government departments, and Mark negotiated the system and safety requirements for a launch vehicle and systems supply contracts with Russian government and aerospace company representatives in Moscow. Mark also managed the development of the risk hazard analysis of the various proposed launch trajectories from Christmas Island in accordance with the demanding requirements of the Australian Space Activities Act.

Mark previously worked for BAE SYSTEMS and its predecessor British Aerospace for years. Initially starting as an Undergraduate Apprentice at British Aerospace Kingston. Graduating with a BSc in Aeronautical Engineering Mark joined the Harrier and Hawk Aerodynamics Department, developing an advanced VSTOL flight simulation environments. After completing an MSc in Systems Engineering Mark was made Section Leader of the Advanced Flight Control group, working on the development of thrust vectoring control systems for new combat aircraft. After a period spent on secondment to McDonnell Douglas in St Louis, Mark was promoted to Group Leader Flight Mechanics, and managed the group responsible for Harrier stores clearances as well as thrust vectoring control and automated process development research programs. Mark’s last role in the Military Aircraft Group was as Manager Aerodynamic Technology, and managed the Harrier aerodynamics group at Farnborough, at this time he was as involved in the Nimrod Replacement Maritime Patrol Aircraft bid and was also selected to join the company’s intercompany MBA program.

Ahead of a planned career move to Australia, Mark transferred to British Aerospace plc Head Office, reporting to the Engineering Director. Mark managed the engineering related acquisition due diligence activities associated with the strategic development of BAe into the defence systems focussed company that became BAE SYSTEMS, and the management of post-acquisition engineering business integration. Mark also chaired a Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC) industry working group that introduced lean manufacturing practises and standards for UK aerospace companies, and represented BAe’s interests in the UK Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) Aerospace Sector Target Advisory Group.

Mark transferred from Head Office to British Aerospace (now BAE SYSTEMS) Australia as Head of Engineering Technology, and was responsible for the management of the post-acquisition integration of the advanced technology programs of AWA Defence Industries, Siemens Plessey Electronic Systems, and GEC-Marconi into the company. During this time Mark established the company’s corporate Technology Board and introduced associated integrated business planning processes and quality management system procedures. Mark also managed the development of the program of advanced technology related obligations associated with the of Hawk Lead-In-Fighter Australian Industry Involvement program; and development of associated Eurofighter bid opportunities for the F-18 / F-111 replacement program. Mark also represented the company’s interests as the President and Chairman of the Electronics Industry Association, during which time he championed the development and successful launch of a strategic plan for the industry in association with the South Australian state government.

Ross LloydRoss Lloyd (Queensland Branch)


Ross had 9 years in the RAAF starting in 1967 and in 1980 joined Honeywell Commercial Aviation looking after airlines in the Asia/Pacific region during the introduction of the B757, B767, A310 and A300 concentrating on the Laser Inertial Reference Unit. After the stint with Honeywell Ross joined start up airline ‘Emirates’ and when hostilities in the middle east in August 1990 Ross was offered a Director of Engineering position in the US progressing to VP Engineering. At this time Ross was invoved with the first TCAS system certified on European MD80 aircraft along with inflight entertainment. At the conclusion of his US visa Ross moved to the Caribbean then to South Africa. In 1997 Ross moved back to Australia and soon took a position with Boeing Australia. Ross became Systems Engineering Manager with Boeing and delivered SE courses in Australia and the US. In early 2001 Ross was offered a position on the Federal Aviation Administration’s, Ageing Transport System Rulemaking Advisory Committee focussed on developing an industry wide standard wiring practices manual format.

In late 2001 Ross received the Fellowship Diploma from RAeS and in early 2002 was appointed Technical Fellow of The Boeing Company. In 2004 Ross was invited to join Singapore Airlines Engineering Company as Manager of Engineering on a two year contract. In 2006 Ross returned to Australia and not long after joined Raytheon as Principal Engineer. Early 2010 Ross suffered a setback and had to cease work due to COPD (COPD is a significant cause of death in Australia. In 2011, 5767 people died from COPD in Australia, increasing to 5923 in 2012. COPD was the 3rd leading cause of death worldwide in 2010). By early 2011 Ross was confined to a wheelchair and was on supplementary oxygen 24/7. In late 2012 Ross was assessed for a double lung transplant and in late March 2013 Ross was placed on the wait list for a transplant and expected a wait of 14 months to 2 years. Just 5 weeks later Ross received a double lung transplant after 2 false starts. Four months after his transplant he participated in his first Bridge to Brisbane.

Ross studied the use of Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POCs) when at SIAEC not realising he would rely on such a unit when travelling in 2011 and 2012!

Ross was appointed to the volunteer position National Chair CPAG (COPD Patients Advocates Group) under the auspices of Lung Foundation Australia and is a spokesperson for DonateLife. Ross has now participated in 2 Bridge to Brisbane runs and is looking forward to this years run.