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Do you have a favorite
airplane to work on?

I don't really have a favorite,
but I certainly prefer aircraft that
don't require me to become an
expert contortionist to see behind
the instrument panel. If I had to
pick an airframe, it would be a Bell
212. They are so simple, and there
is ease of access to most areas.

Do you interact with
customers?

Yes, I work with customers
daily helping them through the
process of quoting and choosing
the right equipment to meet
their needs and providing backup
support. I've met people from all
walks of life in my dealings with
customers - businessmen, doctors
and farmers. You never know who
the next potential client could be.
Probably the most satisfying part
of interacting with customers is
seeing their reaction to a newly
completed installation.

Are you a pilot?

I have done some gliding and
powered flight in the past. When I
was based in Narromine, it was so
easy due to the great local gliding
club always taking students out
on the weekends, and my father
letting me borrow his plane to go
flying with the local instructor.
Although I haven't flown in quite
a while, it's certainly possible I
will pursue it again later in life.

What do you like
best about your
current job?
Doing the larger installation
projects are always good.
I get to work closely with
other engineers who are
experts in their fields. I can
also invest more time and
be more meticulous with the
installation. It's a good feeling
when you can turn power
on for the first time after six
months of work, hopefully
with no faults.

When you're not
working, what are you
doing?

I'm a keen motorcyclist, and
I often take part in track days
and spend the weekends riding
twisting roads with my friends.
I always have some kind of
project to work on at home. My
current project is a CX500 café
racer. Other than bikes, I am with
my family and friends boating,
kayaking, camping and enjoying
all forms of motorsports.

Tell me about your
family.

I am married with two kids.
My wife, Jade, works in one
of the local primary schools
helping troubled kids. A keen

fisherwoman, she often takes
part in fishing competitions. Yes,
it can become quite competitive
between the two of us. She is
much better at fishing than I am,
so I often contemplate how best
to sabotage her fishing reels. Jade
is certainly the rock in our family.
Our eldest, Mylee, is going into
her second year of high school,
and she loves anything to do with
horses and the outdoors, music
and dancing. She is very devoted
to the family. Leevi keeps all of
us on our toes. He is a 6-year-old
constant ball of energy seemingly
impossible to slow down. Leevi
loves anything with an engine:
trains, cars, trucks, planes and
bikes. He is certainly a miniature
version of myself.

Any other hobbies or
interests?

Although I don't do it often, I
enjoy playing guitar and watching
live music.

When you look into
your crystal ball, what
do you see in your
future?

That's a hard question, but I'm
certain that being with my family,
learning new skills and doing the
things I enjoy the most will be
part of it. q
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