Instructors

Roger Corbin – Managing Director / Head of Operations

Roger

With over 30 years in the aviation industry, Roger is a Grade 1 Instructor and CASA Approved Examiner Officer with delegations for: FIR, CIR, NVFR, NVIS, CPL, PPL & GFPT.

Roger has been conducting rescue operations since 1982 and has extensive mountain flying and remote area experience in New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and South East Asia. He has been involved with EMS, SAR, Fire Fighting, Marine Pilot Transfers, Sling and Long Line Operations as well as Training.

Roger has over 20 years management experience and more than 14,000 flight hours as well as holding an Air Transport Pilot License for both Helicopter and Fixed Wing.

 

Responsibilities

  • Overall Responsibility for Rotorlift, it’s Operations and Employees. Directly Responsible to CASA as Testing Officer.
  • Health Safety & Environment
  • Corporate Responsibility
  • Company Performance

 

David Ervin – Deputy Chief Pilot / Instructor (Helicopter)

daveStarting his career in the RAAF, Dave has worked and flown in several countries and spent ten years in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. He has extensive flying experience in high altitude operations, long ling, fire bombing, military and peace keeping operations. During his time at Rotorlift Dave has received several commendations for rescues conducted in Tasmania.

 

 

Responsibilities

  • Directly responsible to CASA for all commercial helicopter operations
  • Directly responsible to CASA for all aircrew flight and duty/operational planning and regulatory requirements.
  • All Operational Base management
  • Operational Flight Safety
  • Health & Safety
  • Check and Training of EMS pilots

 

Qualifications

  •  Air Transport Pilot Licence (H)
  •  Grade 2 Flight Instructor
  •  Multi-Engine Training Approval
  •  Command Instrument Rating
  •  NVG Endorsement
  •  Winch, Rappelling and Sling
  •  7500 Flight Hours

 

 

Peter McKenzie – Training Manager/Instructor (Helicopter)

petermcPeter is a very experienced IFR Instructor with over 8,000 hours in helicopters and holds an Air Transport Pilot License for helicopters. He has been flying helicopters for 35 years throughout Australia and overseas. Peter started to fly helicopters in the Australian Army and in 1980 he gained acceptance into the RAF (UK) Central Flying School. He has flown extensively throughout Australia, as well as China, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, The Philippines, UK and Germany. Peter has had experience in most types of helicopter operations including; Military, EMS, SAR, Fire Fighting, Police, Offshore and Gas, Tourism and Training. As a CASA Authorised Testing Officer (ATO), Peter has testing delegations for FIR, CIR, CPIR, NVFR, CPL, PPL & GFPT.

Peter has held senior positions in industry, including Director of Training for Australian Aerospace (Eurocopter) and General Manager of Helicorp and Aviation Services for Toll Holdings.

Responsibilities

  • Manage the day to day operations of the Advanced Flying Academy.
  • CASA delegate for Instrument Flying Training and Testing.
  • Oversight of instructional standards and course outcomes.
  • Develop current and future business opportunities for the Advanced Flying Academy.
  • Manage the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) for Rotorlift Aviation.

 

Qualifications

  • CASA Airline Transport Pilot Licence (Helicopters)
  • Command Instrument Rating
  • Grade 1 Instructor
  • NVG Qualified
  • Graduate of the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Strategic Management
  • Graduate of Australian Aerospace (Eurocopter) Management Development Program

 

 

Rod Smith – Chief Pilot / Chief Flight Instructor (Aeroplane)

rodRod started his flying career in Tasmania in 2002 with single engine charter and worked up through various training, charter and Low Capacity Airline operations, both within and outside of Tasmania. Rod also has extensive aerial work experience, including low level photography, surveillance and spotting

Rod has a Commercial Pilot Licence with Grade 1 Flight Instructor Rating and is also a CASA Approved Testing Officer (ATO) for all grades of Instrument Ratings.

 

 

Responsibilities

  • Directly responsible to CASA for all commercial aeroplane operations
  • Directly responsible to CASA for all aircrew flight and duty/operational planning and regulatory requirements.
  • All Operational Base management
  • Operational Flight Safety
  • Health & Safety
  • Check and Training of pilots

 

Qualifications

  • Commercial Pilot Licence (A)
  • Casa Approved Testing Officer
  • Grade 1 Flight Instructor
  • Multi-Engine and Instrument Training Approval
  • Command Instrument Rating
  • 5500 Flight Hours