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.

OBJECTIVES

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. 

WHAT WE DO

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

 

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


    President

    Murray joined Qantas in 1986 and is currently a Captain on the A380. After first being elected to the AIPA Committee of Management in 1988, Murray has been a negotiator in three Long Haul EBAs and the representative for B767, Accommodation and Allowances and Fatigue Risk Management.


    Murray has been active on the Committee of Management for the majority of his 32 years in Qantas and held roles on the AIPA Executive such as Secretary and Vice President before becoming President in 2017.

  • Captain Jason Beavan


    Vice President

    Jason joined Qantas in 1994 and is currently a 737 Captain. Jason has been involved in long haul rostering for over 20 years and has been part of the broader industrial team since 2011. He was a member of the AIPA negotiating team that led to EBA9 in 2015 and is involved in short haul negotiations in 2018.

     

    Jason joined AIPA’s Committee of Management in 2012 and was elected to the position of Vice President in 2013. His portfolios include Rostering, Scheduling, Accommodation, Legal and Industrial.

  • Captain Brad Hodson


    Vice President

    Brad has been an AIPA Vice President and Short Haul Representative since 2009, and a Committee of Management member since 2007. He was AIPA's lead negotiator in Short Haul EA bargaining in 2012-14 and negotiated the reduction in numbers process for B747, B767 and A380 crew to avoid potential redundancies among the Qantas pilot group.

    Brad has been involved in a number of legal cases including the Jet Connect case, the Long Haul dispute and has provided significant commentary to the media. He has most recently become a Captain on the B787 and taken coverage of 787 and other Long Haul matters, relinquishing his role of Short Haul Representative to Jason Lipson.

  • F/O Darren Fielder


    Vice President Group Airlines

    Darren joined Jetstar in 2008 and is currently a F/O on the B787.  He has served on the Committee of Management for five years and was a member of the 2015 Jetstar bargaining team.  

     

    As Vice President of Group Airlines, Darren has a particular interest in representing pilots from Jetstar but also represents members from Express Freighters, Network Aviation and Qantaslink.   

  • Captain Shane Loney


    Vice President

    Shane joined Qantas in 1995 and is currently a Captain on the A330. Shane has been on the AIPA Committee of Management since 2006 and has assisted in a number of portfolios.


    Shane was elected as Vice President in November 2013. As the Director of Safety and Technical, Shane manages the work of AIPA Safety and Technical staff and AusALPA volunteers. His portfolios include Workplace Health and Safety and Fatigue Risk Management Systems.

     

     

  • Captain Theron Busby


    Vice President "A" Pilots

    Theron is the Vice President ‘A’ Pilots and has been on AIPA’s Committee of Management since 2002.

     

    Theron has been on the B737 since 1991 and is committed to improving the working conditions and pay of Qantas Group pilots.

  • F/O Adam Susz


    Treasurer

    Adam is presently a B747 First Officer based in Sydney. He was a member of the AIPA Long Haul EA negotiating teams for EBA7 Variation (2011), the Workplace Determination (2013) and EBA9 (2015).  During those negotiations Adam was particularly involved in the areas of costings and economic and financial analysis. He has served on AIPA’s Committee of Management since 2006 and has held the office of Treasurer since 2008.

     

    In addition to overseeing AIPA’s finances, Adam has responsibility for Economic & Financial Analysis, IT, and provides assistance in other areas such as research, membership, accommodation and meals, media and public relations.

  • Captain Chris Hewett


    Secretary

    Chris joined Qantas in 1996 and is a Captain on the B737.  He joined AIPA’s Committee of Management in 2011, and was elected to the position of Secretary in late 2014. Chris is also a member of the 2015 Long Haul EA Negotiating Team and is currently negotiating the Short Haul EA.

     

    Chris has completed a Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and a Master of Laws. Chris has also been admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia as a lawyer.

  • F/O Jason Lipson


    Assistant Secretary

    Jason joined Qantas in 2002 with a background in general aviation.  He has flown the B747-200/300/400 but is currently a Sydney based First Officer on the B737.  Jason was involved in Long Haul Rostering prior to joining AIPA’s Committee of Management in 2009. He was elected AIPA’s Assistant Secretary in October 2013.


    Jason is the Short Haul representative and serves on the Rostering and Safety & Technical committees.  He is AIPA's representative on the One World Cockpit Crew Coalition and AusALPA.