The Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA) is a professional association that represents Qantas Group pilots in airline operations within Australia and around the world.  Our 2,250 pilot members are employed by Qantas Airways Limited, Jetstar Airways Pty Limited, Eastern Australia Airlines Pty Limited, Express Freighters Australia Pty Limited, Network Aviation Australia Pty Ltd and Sunstate Airlines (QLD) Pty Limited.

AIPA was formed in 1981 in response to the changing aviation environment of the time and the need to enhance the industrial position of Qantas pilots.


AIPA seeks to advance the employment interests of its members and, to that end, represents individuals and the membership at large both in the workplace and in the broader aviation industry.

AIPA regularly participates in regulatory, technical and government inquiries and forums to represent the interests of airline pilots.  The Association is recognised by various government and regulatory bodies as having a stakeholder interest in the Australian aviation industry. The Association is the pre-eminent voice of Australian commercial airline pilots. 


AIPA is run by pilots for pilots. It also has a team of dedicated professionals that facilitate the advancement of our members’ interests.

Our main purpose is to assist members with any issues that arise in their employment.  AIPA members receive a range of benefits which include:

  • 24 hour Scheduling Advice
  • Industrial & Legal Assistance
  • 24 hour Accident & Incident Assistance within Australia & abroad
  • 24 hour Pilot Welfare Assistance
  • Safety & Technical Assistance
  • AIPA Women's Group


The Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA) is governed by a Committee of Management (COM) that has the power to do all things necessary to achieve AIPA’s objectives. The COM is comprised of 40 Qantas Group airline pilots elected by and from the Association’s pilot membership.  Duties and responsibilities of COM members are outlined in AIPA’s registered rules.


The COM operates within strict governance principles and systems to ensure that as a pilots’ union AIPA: achieves its objectives, is financially accountable, complies with applicable laws and regulations and is operationally effective and efficient.

  • Captain Murray Butt


  • Captain Cathy Brown

    Vice President

  • Captain Theron Busby

    Vice President "A" Pilots

    Theron has been the AIPA “A” Vice President since 2010 and a Committee Member since 2002. 

    For over a decade he was a WHS Employee Representative ensuring compliance of the relevant WHS regulations.

    Having joined Australian Airlines in 1989 he spent two years flying Twin Otters before a 27 year stint on the B737.

    Most recently, he moved to long haul and is now a B787 Captain.



  • Captain Barry Jackson

    Vice President

    Barry is a Captain on the A380 based in Sydney.

  • Captain Philip Peatfield

    Vice President Group Airlines

    Phil joined AIPA in 2007, becoming Vice President in late 2019 after joining the Committee of Management 2018. 

    After seven years serving with RFDS as a line pilot and Manager of Safety for the South East Section, he joined JetStar in 2007. On joining Jetstar, he was an SO on the A330 and joined the Jetstar safety team as a Fleet safety investigator. In 2010 he became a A320 FO based in Melbourne, which he held for 18 months and return to the A330 as a First officer. In 2014 he became a Captain on the A320/A321 and currently heads up the Jetstar Representative team but also holds the portfolio for the The Qantas group airlines as a Vice President and is actively involved in the assistance of all Qantas Group Airlines for EBA’s and individual matters if need be. Phil has represented AIPA in previous years for EBA negotiations. 

  • Second Officer Andrew Stahl

    Vice President

    Andrew is a Second Officer on the A380 based in Sydney.

  • Second Officer Paul Bond


  • Captain David Backhouse


    David joined Qantas in 1986 and has flown the B767, B747 (Classic and 400), A330 and A380 as well as flying on secondment with Malaysian Airlines. David has been a member of AIPA throughout his airline career and has previously served as a Vice-President responsible for the Legal and Industrial portfolios. David is currently the AIPA Secretary and continues his responsibilities in the Legal portfolio.

  • Second Officer Mathew Evans

    Assistant Secretary

    Mat is a Second Officer on the A380 based in Sydney.

  • Philip Van Den Heever

    Executive Director