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 23-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 9001:2000 Lead Auditor, Adam has conducted over 500 aviation audits worldwide ranging from national flag carriers to small fixed and rotary wing charter operators as well as offshore helidecks and land based fixed wing and helicopter landing areas.  Adam holds a Diploma of Quality Auditing and is also a Flight Safety Foundation BARS 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 sits on the Technical Committee of the International Airborne Geophysical Safety Association (IAGSA).

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 flying his four seat bush plane.

Michael Cotterill

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.

Simon Carter – Aviation Advisor

Simon has been involved in commercial aviation for 27 years, 22 of which were spent flying low and high capacity aircraft. During this time he flew the British Aerospace 146 for Qantas Link and Cobham Australia over a span of 14 years.

Simon has held Civil Aviation Safety Authority approvals for Chief Pilot, Maintenance Controller and Emergency Procedures proficiency testing of aircrew and cabin crew on high capacity jet aircraft. His last position before joining Air Safety Navigators was as the Flight Safety Officer and Deputy Safety, Health, Environment and Quality manager for one of Australia’s largest operators of Turbo prop aircraft.

As a Certified RABQSA Lead Auditor, Simon performed in house safety/risk assessments and compliance audits of the flight operations and engineering departments and also auditing of external providers. Simon also holds a Diploma of Quality Auditing.

His training in effective event investigation was utilised in house and for providing reports to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

Simon is a keen promoter of Safety Management Systems and the benefits that a healthy reporting system can bring to a company not only in the area of safety, but also productivity.

Richard Bissell – Aviation Advisor

Richard been a commercial helicopter pilot for 27 years, holding an Australian ATPL(H), British ATPL(H) and Nigerian ATPL(H). Richard has worked overseas in Europe, Southeast Asia, The Middle East and Africa as well as in Australia, accruing more than 12,000 hours flying time in twin engine heavy type helicopters, including the Airbus AS332L / AS332L2 and Sikorsky S92. Other medium types flown include Bell 412, Bell 212 and BK117 helicopters, also the AS355F.

For 15 years Richard has been a Company Training Captain, Type Rating Examiner / Instrument Rating Examiner TRE / IRE and CASA delegate, being qualified then for company testing, and testing on behalf of CASA for Airbus AS332L, Bell 412 and BK117 helicopters, conducting initial twin engine helicopter type training, both ground school and flying training as well as Instrument Rating renewals. Other training roles have been training captain for winch and underslung load training.

In the course of working overseas, Richard was a simulator instructor, working with Flight Safety and CAE, using Level D simulation.

Richard worked for many years as a company flight safety officer, involved in all aspects of company safety managements systems. Richard undertook Lead Safety Auditor training and became qualified as a Lead Safety Auditor in 2013.

Whilst continuing to fly commercially, Richard now works as well as a safety auditor drawing on his considerable experience in aviation.

Terry Gadenne – Aviation Advisor

Terry holds dual Air Transport Pilot Licence (helicopter) and Commercial Pilot Licence (aeroplane) under CASA and the FAA. Terry has over 20 year’s experience in aviation with beginnings in the Australian Army and Navy as a pilot and instructor. Post military service, Terry has gained broad commercial aviation experience in TV news, off-shore marine pilot transfer, EMS/SAR, off-shore oil & gas and general charter. Terry has other management experience having held the position as Head of Training and Checking under CAR 217, has been Chief Pilot and CEO of an underground coal technical services company where he also held qualified industrial WHSO role and was the lead for ISO 9001:2008.

Terry is a qualified aviation auditor and has an aviation management degree from the University of Western Sydney. Terry is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Managing Directors, a member of the Australian Institute of Management and holds board positions on both publicly listed and Not For Profit organisations.

Karin Thomas – Office & Accounts Manager

Karin has been involved in Administration Management roles for the past 30 years with the last eight 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 and is pivotal in organising and maintaining our annual client awareness day.




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