The Pilots

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Sean Trestrail

Sean Trestrail was born in Kenya and emigrated to Australia in 1969.

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Al Pickering

Al Pickering is yet another story of early aviation passion. Student licence at 16 years of age, private licence at 17, then RAAF training at 19 on the CT4A and the Macchi Mb326h.

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Egon Mahr

Egon Mahr grew up obsessed with aircraft.

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Cameron Rolph Smith

Flying solo since he was 15, Cameron has performed aerobatic, low-level and formation flying in air shows throughout Australia and around the world.

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Andrew Carter

Andrew Carter - has vast experience in all aspects of aviation but now concentrates on WWI and pre WWI aircraft when not at work flying a B737.

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Wayne Milburn

Wayne learnt to fly in the South Island of New Zealand and emigrated to Australia in the mid 1980's. Wayne has extensive experience in a wide variety of aircraft.

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Jack McDonald

Jack McDonald turns 88 in June and has been flying for over 6 decades.

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Gill Vardi

Gill has over 36 years of aviation experience and 17,500 flight hours. From talking with him about the Red Thunder Airshow, you’d think this is the highlight of his career!

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Matt Handley

Matt has been flying for over 35 years and during that time has flown a large variety of Warbirds from the Avro Cadet through to the Cessna Dragonfly and Siai Marchetti S211's

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Steve Boyd

Stephen is a Senior Captain with Cathay Pacific Airways, flying the Airbus A330 with more than 17,000 hours in his logbook.

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Jim Eaglen

Jim Eaglen joined the RAAF in 1980 after leaving school.

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Nick Maddocks

Nick is an up-and-coming warbird pilot with a strong passion for everything aviation.

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Rodney Ginn

Rodney is an aviation enthusiast based on the Sunshine Coast and has been a pilot since the early 1990’s.

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Brad Bishopp

Brad’s life revolves around the world of aviation, with his earliest memories being around the Archerfield Airport.

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James Crockett

James’ passion for aviation started as a young lad, completing his first solo flight in a glider on his 15th birthday.

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Tim Berry

Tim currently flies FIFO and corporate charter operations into rural and remote areas of Australia in B350 and B200 Kingair turboprops. His passion for aviation began as a 15 year old Air Training Corps Cadet flying wood and fabric gliders.

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Paul Strike

Paul started flying gliders in 1988 while serving 16 years in the RAAF as an aircraft Avionics Technician.

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Ross Parker

A boyhood dream to fly began its path to reality when Ross entered the RAAF Academy at Point Cook after finishing high school.

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Alan Kilpatrick

Alan is Australia's current Unlimited aerobatic champion. Having participated in aerobatic competitions form a young age.

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Niall Higgins

Niall Higgins emigrated to Australia from Ireland about 25 years ago and has been flying ever since.

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