After visiting us at the air show in 1999, Alister began his aviation journey on flight camp and completed a Diploma in Aviation in 2006. He left us at the age of 20 with 300 hours of instructional time under his belt to pursue his career a little closer to home in Wagga Wagga, NSW.

Alister flew for Wagga Air Centre conducting passenger and freight flights and progressed to become the Sydney base senior line training pilot on PA31s.

With nearly 2000 hours total time, Alister (now based in Bathurst flying for Smartair) is contracted to the NSW Department of Lands flying a Cessna 421C Golden Eagle on aerial Photographic Survey and a Navajo on LIDAR (Laser radar 3D terrain mapping) runs.

Most enjoyable parts of the job: Having two planes to operate myself & keeping them perfectly clean every day. The challenge of precision flying required for Aerial Survey sometimes at high altitude, low speed or in turbulent conditions

Alister’s ultimate goal is to fly for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.