Stuart’s passion for aviation was fuelled by the role his father played in the Royal Australian Navy as a pilot on the Australian aircraft carrier, HMAS Melbourne. From a very young age, he watched his father fly jets with the RAAF Roulettes and was often present at numerous air shows. He has a long history of studying aviation and started flying solo at the age of 16. After acquiring a trade in carpentry and joinery, he completed an Associate Diploma of Applied Science with Aviation and re-commenced flying training at Wollongong Flight Training Centre, achieving his commercial pilot’s licence in 2000.
Holding endorsements on over ten different aircraft types, his expertise ranges from shark patrol, search and rescue, aerial survey, aeromedical, executive charter operations and extends to flying adventure flights in the ex-military A-37B Dragonfly attack jet. In 2009, he was instrumental in gaining and maintaining the CASA operating approval for Australian Aerial Mapping [AAM]. A year later he became Chief Pilot of AAM, managing a geographically dispersed team of 14 pilots and nine aircraft on both domestic and international flying operations extending from Malaysia to New Caledonia and Tahiti.
Stuart has written numerous air operations manuals that include safety, risk and quality systems for various aviation organisations from aerial survey through to corporate charter as well as higher risk warbird operations.
Stuart has personally raised almost forty thousand dollars for charitable organisations in his own time and loves the chance to help those less fortunate, especially children.