SAFETY & TECHNICAL COMMITTEE



Welcome to the AFAP Safety and Technical Committee 


The Safety and Technical Committees function is to represent and promote the interests of Australian professional flight crew and to champion the highest possible standards of aviation safety. The Committee is mainly concerned with ensuring that proper safety standards and practices exist at all levels of the aviation industry.


Representatives of the Committee include:


The Committee consists of a Safety & Technical Director, Safety and Technical Representatives from the AFAP membership, and  Safety and Technical staff.

The AFAP S&T Director is Stuart Beveridge. Stuart was elected into the position in 2018 and is currently a First Officer on the Boeing 737 with Virgin Australia Airlines. He has held the position of Virgin Council Secretary since 2012. He is Vice-Chair of AusALPA's Human Performance (HUPER) and Accident Analysis & Prevention (AAP) committees, and is an IFALPA Accredited Accident Investigator.

The S&T staff includes Marcus Diamond and Julian Smibert in the Melbourne office and Lachlan Gray based out of the Brisbane office. 

Marcus is the S&T Manager. He has an aviation career spanning 25 years, Marcus has been a Training Captain, Fleet Captain, Flight Operations Manager, Deputy Chief Pilot and CEO of a small Part 121 regional airline. Marcus has also served the AFAP as a volunteer negotiator and rep on an AFAP council.

Julian is a long term member, retired CASA FOI and Aviation Auditor, he has extensive experience as a pilot in Helicopter and General Aviation Fixed-Wing operations. During Julian's flying career he served as an AFAP council chairman and on the board of the MBF.

Lachlan has experience as an airfield safety officer and as a pilot in both regional airlines and in GA. He has been a member of the Federation since 2008 and joined the Safety and Technical team in 2017.

The S&T team are always looking for members to help the Safety and Technical area, if you would like to join please get in touch with the S&T team.

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Doing Business


The AFAP and AIPA (the Australian & International Pilots’ Association) are the founding members of AusALPA, which is the Australian Member Association of IFALPA (International Federation of Air Line Pilots).

Both the AFAP & the AIPA conduct their industrial relations affairs as separate entities. However, in the technical arena, the two organisations have joined forces so as to bring a combined voice to these issues, and thus create a more concerted approach.

Safety & Technical Portfolios are managed by a Safety & Technical Sub-Committee. Portfolios within the S&T Sub-Committee are arranged in an IFALPA category order, and include:

  • AAP - Accident Analysis & Prevention
  • ADO - Aircraft Design & Operation
  • AGE - Aerodrome Ground Environment
  • ATS - Air Traffic Services
  • HEL - Helicopters
  • HUPER - Human Performance issues
  • LEG/PGA - Legal and Professional Government Affairs
  • SEC/DG - Security & Dangerous Goods

Members of the AFAP and AIPA are encouraged to consider representing their organisation as an S&T member. If a member has a specific area of interest, they will generally be allocated to the relevant portfolio. The intention is to provide the opportunity for further training, to anyone who is prepared to invest personal time and effort in this endeavour.

Portfolio members can review operational policy issues on a regular basis. The outcome of portfolio decisions are then processed as required; this frequently results in submissions to Government, ASTRA, CASA, Air Services Australia, and various other aviation agencies including the ATSB, and also IFALPA. In addition, arrangements are made as appropriate for AusALPA representation at meetings, seminars, and other aviation safety forums. Members are encouraged to participate in all of these activities.Within the AFAP, we are also here to advise and assist members and industrial staff on safety and technical related issues and problems. Contact us if you have a flight safety or technical issue that you wish to discuss.


Have your say


From time to time, we are invited to review and comment on policy change proposals and other operational papers. Most, but not all, emanate from CASA's Regulatory Reform Program e.g. documents such as Notices of Proposed Rule Making (NPRMs) and Discussion Papers (DPs). Copies are sent out to representative members for their input before submissions are drafted for the Safety & Technical Director's consideration.

If you see an article of interest and would like to participate, please contact us.

Members can contribute to S&T issues at any time. Your review and comments are most welcome. Wider input from our members can assist the AFAP in providing broader and enhanced submissions to the regulator and other aviation industry organisations.


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