Our Team

Ian Vanderbeek Chief Executive Officer

Ian Vanderbeek has over 35 years of safety and quality experience and 22 years as a Director, Managing Director or CEO of aviation companies as well as being a licenced CASA and EASA Airline Transport Pilot.  Prior to becoming CEO of Aviator Group in 2013, Ian worked in regional, corporate and airline operations in Australia, Asia and Europe.

Justin Smith Chief Financial Officer

After training with Ernst and Young, Justin joined Cable and Wireless in London before moving into investment banking in London and Sydney, then to institutional banking with Commonwealth Bank Australia. He then spent 4 years with Coates Hire in a finance and commercial role. Justin brings a broad range of experience and knowledge to us gained in these roles.

Keith Thompson Chief Operating Officer

Keith Thompson is a highly capable and accomplished Executive Manager with over 35 years in a variety of senior management, regulatory, operational and training roles, within the aviation industry in Australia and internationally. Prior to joining the Aviator Group as COO, Keith was Manager Fleet Transition at Tigerair, responsible for the B737 fleet transition program in addition to other senior managerial roles as Director Safety Systems, Manager Flight Standards & Quality, and Airworthiness Manager. Keith spent 5 years as Regional Manager Eastern Region within the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). As a professional pilot, he has logged over 12,000 hours domestic and international flying. Joining Emirates Airline in 2000, Keith’s invaluable experience encompasses flight operations, flight standards and training roles on wide-body aircraft including the A330, A340 and B777. Keith holds a Bachelor of Aviation Management (B.Av) and Senior Executive MBA (SEMBA).

Azette Lonie Group Finance Manager

Azette is a qualified CPA and has worked in accounting and finance for more than 25 years, across a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, service, small business taxation and aviation. In the last 9 years, Azette has held a senior finance role with the Aviator Group, with special focus on Operational and Aviation specific financial considerations.

Our Companies

Mackay Helicopters

Our marine pilot transfer division has the distinction of having conducted more IFR marine pilot transfers than any other company in Australia and …

Whitsunday Helicopters

Operating since 1993, Whitsunday Helicopters …

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