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
  • 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 Tony Lucas


    President

    ABOUT:
    I live in the Sutherland Shire of Sydney, with a wonderful and very supportive wife and have three children; a nurse on a Covid ward, a son with designs on being a police officer in between playing Aussie Rules, and a daughter still at school. I’m an avid supporter of the Sydney Swans and play AFL Masters with the Southern Dingoes. In my spare time I assist my father and younger brother coach junior AFL teams for the Ramsgate Rams and I attend an Anglican Church. For 20 years, I was an Instructor and Officer in the Australian Air Force Cadets eventually being responsible for the oversight of training policy and conduct of staff training and for a number of years I coordinated the AIPA/UNSW Mentoring program.

    CAREER:
    I graduated from Qantas Cadet Course 8 in September 1992 and commenced employment with Qantas as a Second Officer on the B747-400 in January 1995. In 1997 I completed First Officer promotion on the B767 and then returned to the B747-400 as FO from 2006-2008. I completed command training on the B767 in September 2008 and flew that aircraft until its retirement in December 2014. A short ‘sabbatical’ on the A380 preceded me returning to command, this time on the A330 in January 2016. I became a Check and Training Captain on the A330 in October 2016. On the A330 I was initially based in Perth for two years, then Melbourne for two years and commuted to both ports from Sydney. 

     

  • Captain Cathy Brown


    Vice President

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    I am a Captain on the B787, a Vice President on AIPA's Executive and the Director of Safety and Technical.

     

  • Captain Barry Jackson


    Vice President

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  • Second Officer Andrew Stahl


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  • Captain Theron Busby


    Vice President "A" Pilots

    ABOUT: 

    Redfern in Sydney is my home again, after aviation has led me around Australia for the last 35 years. If you told me when I was growing up that one day, I would be living in Redfern I would have laughed at you but now I really love inner city living. I have two grown up children, a stepdaughter and four grandkids.

    CAREER:

    My Dad was an aviation enthusiast who loved building model aircraft. I had hundreds, so it was no surprise that I went out and got my CPL in 1981. After several GA jobs, I was lucky to be employed by Australian Airlines in Cairns as a twin otter Captain flying passengers to the Australian Airlines Resort islands.  I moved onto the B737 in 1991 till 2019, and am now very happy to be driving a B787 around the world.

     

  • Captain Simon Gould


    Vice President Group Airlines

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  • Captain David Backhouse


    Secretary

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    CAREER: I joined Qantas in 1986 and have flown the B767, B747 (Classic and 400), A330 and A380 as well as flying on secondment with Malaysian Airlines. I have been a member of AIPA throughout my airline career and have previously served as a Vice-President responsible for the Legal and Industrial portfolios. Currently I hold the position of AIPA Secretary and with responsibilities in the Legal portfolio.

  • Captain Alex Winslow


    Assistant Secretary

    ABOUT:

    I live in the Adelaide Hills with my wife and two children. We moved here after living in Qatar for five years. If I get spare time I like playing golf and basketball, but my favourite pastime is hanging out with my family and watching my kids grow. Hoping to start taking them on some overseas trips again as we gradually return to normal times; they love travel just as much as me.

    CAREER:

    I started in Qantas as a SO on the B744. I then moved to the B767 flying mainly domestically. Australian Airlines mark II started in Cairns and I moved up there as a First Officer and three and a half years later got my command. After about eight years in Cairns I moved back to Sydney but it wasn’t long before the B767 was retired so with my wife and one-year-old, headed across to Qatar to fly the B777. We ended up being there for just over five years and then a B737 command slot appeared in Adelaide and we all headed back to Australia. 

  • Second Officer Glen Hunter


    Treasurer

    ABOUT: 
    Born in Brisbane, I moved to Sydney when I was young. After finishing university, I moved around the country for a few years chasing flying work before settling back in Sydney when I started with Qantas. During the Covid stand down I took the opportunity to move back to Brisbane with my partner where we now live in the inner city with Bill Murray and Jeff Goldblum, our two rescue kittens. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, staying fit and active at my local CrossFit gym, and enjoying everything life in Queensland has to offer.

    CAREER:
    After starting my flight training at high school, I completed a Bachelor of Aviation (BAv) at the University of New South Wales. I worked in general aviation for four years before starting with Qantas in 2008 as an A380 Second Officer. I was assigned to the A330 for a few years before returning to the A380 in 2017 where I am currently a Sydney based Second Officer. In 2021 I obtained my Queensland Real Estate licence and worked as a buyers’ agent where I honed my negotiating skills. I have previously served on the AIPA Committee of Management from 2013 to 2019. During part of that time, I served as Treasurer and as a member of the Long Haul EA10 negotiating team.

     

     

  • Philip Van Den Heever


    Executive Director

    ABOUT:
    I was born in Cape Town, South Africa the middle child of three. I grew up on the highveld in a town approximately 160km east of Johannesburg, where my mom was a maths teacher at a local primary school and my father worked as a lawyer. After school I studied business and law at a university in Pretoria, where I met my wife, Zelna. Shortly after getting married, we immigrated to Australia with two suitcases and seven boxes. Since then, Zelna and I have been blessed with four boys, a dog and a budgie. Away from work I am active in my local church.  I am a huge cricket [the Baggy green] fan and rugby union [Springboks – obviously] supporter and I always enjoy a round of golf with friends.

    CAREER:
    I have an LLB (Bachelor of Law) and MBA (Master of Business Administration) degrees. I also have a Diploma in Higher Education and have over 20 years’ experience in commercial law, employment law and industrial relations. After completing my legal conversion through the Law Extension Committee of the University of Sydney, I was admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of NSW in 2007, and in the High Court of Australia shortly thereafter. I started my career with AIPA in the same year [2007] and, but for a period of 4 years between 2017-2021, have been employed at AIPA becoming the Executive Director in 2021. I currently also serve on the Board of Directors of Integricare, an operator of Early Learning- and Pre-school centres across NSW.