The Royal Aeronautical Society Australian Division Melbourne Branch has great pleasure in inviting members, guests and friends to the:
2016 Lawrence Hargrave Lecture by Mark Skidmore AM, Director of Aviation Safety CASA.
The aviation industry is increasingly dynamic and will be subject to a broad range of variables in the next decade or two, having a profound effect on the operating and regulatory environments CASA oversees. Therefore, it is important that we closely examine the evolving challenges this rapidly changing operating environment creates, identify opportunities and plan to enhance safety outcomes, by modernising regulatory practices, and increasing effectiveness through collaborative safety partnerships with industry.
Mark Skidmore AM.
Mr Mark Skidmore AM was appointed as Director of Aviation Safety on 1 January 2015. Mark has more than 30 years' experience in both civilian and military aviation and brings considerable aviation industry experience to the position of Director of Aviation Safety.
Mark had an outstanding military aviation career, beginning as a pilot in the Royal Australian Air Force in the early 1980s. He led RAAF research and development squadrons and was promoted to Australia’s Air Commander, holding oversight for Australia’s air operations, and reaching the rank of Air Vice Marshal before retiring in 2012. Mark has also worked in civilian aviation as a test pilot, business development manager and company director. He has led large teams of operational, technical and administrative support staff providing leadership for operational, training and support functions.
In 2010 Mark was appointed as Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his exceptional service as the Air Commander Australia and in a range of other senior appointments. Today Mark is part of the general aviation community, owning and regularly flying a Globe GC-1B Swift.
Mark Skidmore career highlights
2013 - Aviation consultant.
2013 - Director Flight Operations Raytheon Australia.
2001-2012 - Royal Australian Air Force - from 2008 Air Commander Australia; previously, Joint Force Air Component Commander, Director of the Coalition Combined Air Operations Centre in the Middle East Area of Operations, Director Operational Requirements New Air Combat Capability and Commander Aircraft Research and Development Unit.
1998-1999 - Senior Test Pilot and Business Development Executive Raytheon Australia.
1981-1997 - Royal Australian Air Force - pilot and test pilot.
Member of the Order of Australia, for exception service as the Air Commander Australia, as the Director General-Air Joint Operations Command, and as the Joint Force Air Component Commander, 26 January 2010 Australia Day honours list.
Commendation for Distinguished Service, for distinguished performance of duties in warlike operations as the Director of the Coalition Combined Air Operations Centre in the Middle East Area of Operations during Operations CATALYST and SLIPPER, 26 January 2007.
Optional Australian National Aviation Museum Tour - Just nearby!
Registration (only open to those also registering for the dinner) required separately. Complimentary refreshments upon arrival 5:30 pm as you wander around the historic and fascinating Australian National Aviation Museum on the Corner First St & Second Ave, Moorabbin Airport. Tour finishes at 6:30 pm.
Dinner & Lecture
Registration is essential and the cost is $55 (plus booking fee) per head for a three course meal. Drinks at bar prices all evening. The venue accommodates 120 seated so numbers are limited. Arrive at 6:30 pm for drinks at the bar to be seated by 7 pm for the entrée and main course . Anyone with special dietary requirements to notify at registration. Lecture after the main course with some brief time for questions. Followed by dessert and tea/coffee.
DRESS: LOUNGE SUIT
Sponsored Table for Student Participant - Essay Competition
Moorabbin Airport Corporation has kindly sponsored a table of 10 students and the students will be selected by a short Essay Competition. For details on entering this short essay competition please see separate webpage under https://www.raes.org.au/index.php/about/division/melbourne-branch
The main car park is halfway between the Museum and the Flight Deck. Limited parking is available in the Royal Victorian Aero Club’s car park adjacent to the Flight Deck.