Air Safety Navigators utilises personnel with a broad depth of knowledge and experience throughout the aviation industry. All Auditors hold formal ISO 9001 qualifications as well as Diploma’s in Quality Auditing.

Profiles of the key Company personnel are tabled below.

Adam Price – Managing Director & Aviation Advisor

Adam is the Managing Director of Air Safety Navigators and a qualified commercial pilot and flight instructor. Adam’s 25-year international career encompasses charter, low level geophysical survey as well as agricultural and fire aviation operations, with experience in over 40 different aircraft types ranging from multi engine and turbine aircraft to gliders and sport aeroplanes.

As a certified ISO 9001 Lead Auditor, Adam has conducted over 500 aviation audits worldwide ranging from national flag carriers to small fixed and rotary wing operators as well as offshore helidecks and land based fixed wing and helicopter landing areas.  Adam holds a Diploma of Quality Auditing and is accredited by the Helicopter Association International (HAI), International Business Aviation Council (IBAC-IS-BAO) and the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF-BARS) as a qualified auditor.

Adam has conducted specialist onsite training at the University of Southern California in Fixed and Rotary Wing Accident Investigation, Human Factors, Safety Management for Unmanned Vehicles and Safety in Aviation Maintenance and also holds a CASA UAV Controller’s Authorisation.

Adam’s regulatory experience includes the development and implementation of corporate aviation standards, operations manuals, safety management system reviews including risk assessment, management and mitigation in the aviation environment as well as holding Chief Pilot and training positions in both the government and private sector.

Adam lives in Perth, Western Australia and in his spare time enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and four children as well as building and flying aircraft.

Michael Cotterill – Aviation Advisor and Quality Manager

Michael has been involved in commercial aviation for over 30 years. He holds an Australian ATPL and has held Civil Aviation Safety Authority approvals for Chief Pilot, and a number of aircraft type and design feature endorsements. Michael’s flying career spanned a period over 20 years, and included over 10 years of 2 crew, twin turbine IFR operations at ATPL level.

Michael has over 9 years’ experience in Aerodrome Management, managing several smaller aerodromes, fulfilling the role of Duty Manager at Darwin International Airport, as well as managing FBO operations in both Darwin and Perth. This has  provided him with high levels of exposure to Safety Management Systems, Safety Risk Management, and Emergency Planning and Management. Michael’s experience in this sector includes involvement with major companies within the mining sector, as well as other large corporate clients.

Michael holds a Master of Science and Technology in Aviation degree from the UNSW, a Cert IV in Training and Assessment, a Cert III in Aviation, and ARO/WSO qualifications. Michael has also completed Safety and Lead Auditor training recognised through Exemplar Global.

Michael’s studies have included subject matter specifically dealing with Safety Management Systems, Safety Risk Management, Human Performance, and Accident Investigation as part of his Master’s degree.

Michael’s background of  compliance driven roles, combined with his Lead Auditor qualifications have him well positioned to promote safety within the aviation industry.

Michael lives in Perth, and enjoys making and playing acoustic lap slide guitars.

Mike Gigney – Aviation Advisor

Mike has over three decades of experience in commercial aviation and business management. He holds an Australian ATPL licence with 10,000 flight hours across a diverse range of multi-crew, passenger jet and turbo-prop aircraft. Mike’s roles have encompassed all aspects of airline operations including management, training, checking and safety practices.

Mike’s qualifications include Auditing Management Systems/Quality Audit, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Fundamentals of Project and Change Management, Leadership and Change Management and a Certificate IV Management – Team Leadership. He also holds CASA Part 61 approvals for Simulator Training and Checking.

Mikes regulatory experience includes development of AOC applications, Operations Manual writing, compliance statements, risk assessment, regulatory audits and RPT Air Operators Certification.

Having held airline positions as Manager of Flight Operations Projects, Fleet Manager, Deputy Chief Pilot, and Check and Training Captain, Mike has a broad platform of regulatory compliance, risk and safety assessment, project management and business improvement that complement his role as an Auditor.

Mike is passionate about driving positive change in the aviation industry and on his days off you can find him working on his historic rally car.

Karin Thomas – Office & Accounts Manager

Karin has been involved in Administration Management roles for the past 30 years with the last twelve years being exclusively devoted to aviation.

Karin is responsible for organising and co-ordinating the office operations and procedures in order to ensure organisational effectiveness and efficiency at all times.

She is responsible for maintaining and propagating the company specific Taskmaster aviation safety database which encompasses audit results and follow ups. She has extensive knowledge and experience of all office administration and management procedures with the ability to maintain a high level of accuracy and attention to detail.

Karin’s interpersonal and communication skills have allowed her to develop productive working relationships with both our clients and our staff.

Karin lives in Perth, Western Australia and enjoys flying her 1971 Bellanca Champ in her spare time.

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