So, we have been asked a lot about who it is that actually works for us here, so we thought we would provide some information on our staff.
John FlemingChief Pilot, Chief RPAS Instructor, Maintenance Officer & CEO
John Fleming comes from a long established career in the drone industry and heads this experienced team as the Chief Instructor and CEO. John left a 22 year career in IT, after running a very successful IT consultancy firm until 2006 when he launched Mongrel Gear Australia. Mongrel Gear started importing a range of drone related equipment, and began manufacturing custom built drones, sold worldwide. In 2014 John put together a course to train individuals on the use and legal requirements for flying multirotor aircraft commercially in Australia, and gained CASA approval to deliver this course in September of 2014. Somewhat a pioneer in this Australian drone industry, John continues to push forward as an advocate for drone safety. A manned aircraft pilot himself, John’s passion for safety is unwavering. John is also endorsed to both assess and deliver English Language Proficiency, and deliver Radio Operator’s Certification on behalf of CASA. John’s Diploma in Training and Design affords him the ability to develop all of FPV Australia’s training programs.
AngelHead of Operations
Angel is whom we like to call Miss Organised. Angel offers the full gambit of operational support services becoming the conduit between the students and operational requirements of our admin staff, and our very busy instructor base.
Having originated in our Hong Kong office, and now here in our Australian office, Angel brings a wide range of experiences across many languages and cultures.
JasonLeading RPAS Instructor
Jason brings a wealth of experience to the organisation, and is a serious asset to our team.
With more than 10 years of experience in the RPAS industry, Jason’s knowledge is wide ranging. From thermal, crop and other agricultural activities, through to aerial photography and imagery.
The feedback from our student base is that Jason is a one in a million. Patient, kind and considerate, and ready to mentor those through our training program. Exactly what FPV Australia is all about.
Jason takes the roll to further mentor our instructor base, and further FPV Australia’s commitment to “quality training – every time!”
MikeSenior RPAS Instructor
Mike is another one of those rare finds. A very experienced RPA pilot, and a very experienced instructor.
Mike’s experience is wide ranging. From the standard smaller drones like Phantoms and M600s, right thought large machines like the Yamaha RMAX, SwissDrones SDO50 Skyhawkes and the MR6 X.
A paramedic in a previous life, Mike has a real want to help and nurture people through their RePL training, and the feedback we get from our students means Mike is a much valued asset here at FPV Australia.
Richard is a manned helicopter pilot (we won’t hold that against him) and very experienced drone pilot and instructor. Richard’s experience in asset inspection with drones brings a wealth of knowledge of drone operations within urban environments.
Jarrod comes from an engineering background, and has been specialising in Asset inspection of major infrastructure assets. Jarrod has been in the drone industry commercially since 2014, having sat in one of FPV Australia’s first RPAS training courses.
Wilson has extensive experience in retail sector of the drone industry, and brings with him his wealth of knowledge of all the ins and outs of drone sales and service. With experience with a ridiculous amount of different manufacturers and providers, Wilson can talk more than just DJI.
Bruce is another that comes to FPV Australia from the retail side of the industry. Bruce is an experienced drone pilot with many many years of RC related experienced. That teamed with his extensive knowledge of drone sales, service and components puts Bruce in a position where not only can he teach all about drones, but can talk shop on a myriad of drone related equipment.
GarryBusiness Development and Marketing Manager
Garry is in charge of business development and is our marketing guru. We allow Garry to get creative, and his artistic flair is allowed to shine. He is responsible for our social media presence, managing our social media accounts, and liaising with new business partners. Next time you are on our Facebook page, give him a yell.
Gareth brings with him his experience in the manned aircraft world where he has extensive experience flying the likes of Cessna Caravans and the like, but is also a grade one flying instructor. Add to this his extesive experience in the unmanned world flying everything from Mavic to XAG P30 aircraft, and well, you can see why Gareth is a valuable asset to the FPV Australia instructor base. Gareth services our QLD clients, from Cairns to Townsville and Brisbane.
Based in Victoria, Hamish is a very experienced unmanned pilot with hundreds of hours under his belt. Flying just about everything he can get his hands on. Hamish is lucky enough to double up for our QLD clients, and is often seen skipping over the border to assist with our QLD operations.
James bring such a diverse wealth of knowledge to the FPV Australia Instructor base. Coming from the Airline Industry flying for the likes of DragonAir, and countless charter operations around the world, James also brings his knowledge of policy and procedure, having been involved in the crafting of various RPAS policy projects internationally. James is a very experienced drone pilot, a grade one flying instructor, and a damn good photographer, making him a valuable asset to the team.