Captain Greg Hateley (747-400 Simulator Owner)Occupation: Chief Engineer 96FM
Greg is owner of the 747-400 simulator flying in this years Worldflight event. Located in a spare room in his house Greg has built much of the hardware and electronics himself and utilizes the newly released Aerowinx PSX combined with Lockheed Martin's Prepar3D. Greg was also a member of the flight crew for Worldflight Perth 2013 & 2014.
Captain Seb Long
Seb grew up in the 80's and after watching Topgun way too many times decided he was going to join the RAF after school back in the UK. Unfortunately Seb has asthma so that was a non starter for him. After a career in advertising, publishing and graphic design and most recently aviation ground handling he now finds himself as a student again.
Captain Sion Owen
Sion has been an aviation enthusiast for the past 10 years- after his first commercial flight over to Australia with his parents back in 2006. Sion graduated from high school in 2014 and has since gone into employment as a FIFO geotechnician in a gold mine, with the aim of this job to fund the expensive dream of becoming an airline pilot. The World Flight mission is a wonderful opportunity to learn additional things about flying and more specifically the operations of a cockpit. But above all, having a good time and raising money for our rural heros- the RFDS!
Captain Andrew Roberts
Andrew developed a passion for Aviation from a very early age, with some of his earliest memories being aged 4-6, when his grandmother took him on regular visits to Heathrow to watch all the planes but especially the Concorde, which really fascinated him. Later, aged 12, his parents decided to emigrate to Perth and his first ever flight was on a Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-100 into the old Kai Tak airport. This was a time when children were commonly invited into the cockpit by the crew. At the wondrous sight of the 747 cockpit, Andrew was immediately hooked on the idea of becoming an airline pilot. While that dream never eventuated due to all the pathways closing, with his eyesight issues, his passion for aviation has never waned and he has worked on and off in aviation over the last 8 years in Ground Handling and Ground Operations roles. So the opportunity to be a part of the Worldflight 747 crew is almost like a dream come true for Andrew and he is very keen to make the most of it in his endeavor to learn how to fly the "Queen of the Skies" as realistically as possible.
Captain Jacob RobertsOccupation: Aviation Student
Jacob is a student pilot, recently graduating from Kent Street Senior High School Aviation program, as well as a Diploma in Aeronautics (Airline Operations). In his first year of worldflight he aims to learn things he doesn't know to broaden his aviation knowledge.
Captain Daniel SmithOccupation: Aviation Relationship Manager - Western Australia Airservices Australia
Daniel Smith has been working in aviation for the past 11 years. Starting as a ground handler at a regional airline he progressed to terminal management and then ground operations for the airline. Then Daniel gained employment at Perth Airport in the Airport control center and progressed to Duty Manager terminals.
Now Daniel works as the point of contact for industry in Western Australia for Airservices Australia.
Daniel has been active on VATSIM/VATPAC for the past 15 years.
Captain Callum StrawbridgeOccupation: Aviation Student
Callum recently completed a Diploma of Aeronautics and now works at Perth Airport. He has been involved in Worldflight for 3 years now and brings his experience as a Senior VATSIM Controller to the team.
Captain Darren BathurstOccupation: Self Employed Handyman
Darren is heavily involved in our training and general simulator assistance for Perth's crew imparting his flying knowledge along with his Worldflight knowledge. Although Darren won't actually be flying with Worldflight Perth during the event he will be flying both Joe Corrigan's Clipper 811 & Matt Sheil's Qantas 25. Darren has been involved in Worldflight for several years and was a significant contributor during training for Worldflight 2013 & 2014.