Captain Gwyn Perrett (737-800 Simulator Owner)
Occupation: Mechanical Engineer/Business owner
Gwyn is a longtime fan of aviation and flight simulation which lead to a 4 year stint in GA flying on a GFPT rating with endorsements on four types of light aircraft. In 2009, Gwyn established “Aerosim Solutions”, a registered business supplying replica aircraft parts to a worldwide client base of simulator builders. He owns a fixed base 737-800NG cockpit, a single seat generic fighter cockpit and a soon to be converted real Cessna 172 fuselage. He is also a long serving staff member and forum moderator at www.mycockpit.org which has grown to a 12,000 strong group of cockpit simulator builders. Gwyn was also a member of the flight crew for Worldflight Perth 2013 & 2014.
Captain Jason Beringer
Occupation: Professor at University of Western Australia
Jason received his pilots licence flying in outback Queensland in 1987 and pilots single engine aircraft (Piper, Cessna, Cirrus) out of Jandakot. He has been interested in flight simulation since FS1 on the Apple IIe. Finally he got to start building his own B737 sim in 2006 and it is mostly complete. He is a long time member of the Virtual Air Traffic Simulation Network (VATSIM) and controls in VATPAC airspace as an enroute controller. He is also involved in scouts and enjoys anything outdoors.
Captain Ken Brand
Occupation: Broadcaster Supervisor
Ken has had a passion for flight since childhood and gained his private pilots license in 2005 and is endorsed on Cessna 152/172 and Mooney aircraft with about 200 hours in his logbook. Ken began flight simming to assist his real world flight training and quickly got hooked on the hobby of home cockpit building and is currently on his 3rd home cockpit build. Ken was also a member of the flight crew for Worldflight Perth 2013 & 2014.
Captain Luke Bruce-Smith
Luke works within the airports industry in a training and compliance role and has been an avid flight sim fan since FS1 and FS2 on the Amstrad PC. Luke enjoys a bit of flying here and there and is a fan of V8 supercar racing.
Captain Kirk Christie
Occupation: Aviation Ground Support Equipment Technician
Kirk has been an active member of VATSIM since 2006, both as a pilot and ATC, Kirk has been able to pass on his VATSIM experience and assist with ATC training for our crew members. Kirk has worked in the Aviation industry for over 4 years at Perth airport, and has about 1 hour worth of flying time behind the stick of a 172, among Flying and ATC Kirk enjoys traveling in his spare time. Kirk was also a member of the flight crew for Worldflight Perth 2013 & 2014.
Captain Josh Cliff
I first fell in love with aviation as a young bloke flying on Ansett back in the days you could go up and watch the pilots go about their thing, One trip from SYD-BNE on either a B737-300 or B767-200 they captain got up and let me sit in his seat whilst he went to the toilet. I remember vividly, sitting there completely frozen and in awe of what was happening around me and the rest is history. I got in to simming around the FS2000 mark which in turn inspired some real life flying in a Cessna 152 at YSBK at Schofields flying club around 2006/07.. Then life changed and I developed an equally expensive travel bug and real life flying took a back seat. PMDG and LevelD had released some great aircraft and the PSS A320 was still going strong in FS2004 and than came along VOZ Vista Australis and my once small simming hobby over a small period of time quickly fed my thirst for all things aviation with the level of realism that was being produced. Enter the current day where I have plenty of hardware, Use charts on every flight and enjoy going through checklists and of course being able to be a part of Gwyn’s 2015 world flight crew in the 737-800 is just the ultimate! I can almost see myself as a young bloke sitting there all nervous looking at the marvel of these great machines eager to get to our next destination!
Captain Thomas Dellenbach
Occupation: Air Conditioning Technician
Thomas entered the world of flight simulation in 2005 and has been a member of Vatsim since 2007. He has had some real world flying experience in the Piper Tomahawk and Cessna 172SP. In the virtual world Thomas likes flying IFR in pre GPS era aircraft such as the DC9. Thomas was also a member of the flight crew for Worldflight Perth 2013 & 2014.
Captain Giles Hacon
Giles has been a passionate fan of Flight Simulator since FS98 days on a Pentium 2 PC however he started seriously simming with Vatsim on Flight simulator 2004. Giles interest in Flight Simulator continued to grow as he learnt how to model Gmax vitual cockpit models for the freeware group Project Open Sky and later the paywhere producers Commercial Level Simulations (CLS). In real life, Giles holds ratings on Cessna 152, Cessna 172, Cessna 172 RG and Mooney M20J aircraft. 2015 is Giles first year of participating in a fixed based sim and he can’t wait!
Captain Bill Smith
Bill is the oldest member of the 737 crew and has participated in three Worldflight events. He undertook flying training at Jandakot in the late 1970s and his first solo flight was in a Grumman TR2.
An architectural draftsman, Bill only began using computers in his mid-thirties when the local building industry switched from hand-drawn documentation to CAD drawings. It was at this time that he discovered the Microsoft Flight Simulator software. He became hooked on jet simulators when, for the first time, Microsoft’s FS98 included Boeing 737-400 and “worldwide” scenery. He remembers the first time he used a search engine in the days of “dial up” internet, when he typed the words “flight simulation” and found the website; www.flightsim.com.
Bill met Gwyn Perrett at the beginning of the century when Gwyn emailed him in response to one of his Op-Ed pieces on www.flightsim.com. By the same process, Bill has been fortunate to meet up with many other flightsim enthusiasts during his frequent overseas trips and, without exception, has found them to be very smart and thoroughly descent people, who are happy to spend time with someone who shares their passion for aviation.
Even though he has been operating computers for more than twenty years now, he famously does not understand anything about them (in fact he hates them) but he loves flight simulators and feels privileged to have regular access to “the best cockpit simulator in Perth”.
At the risk of labouring the point, it is probably worth repeating that Bill is really, really old!