OUR TEAM

A short history on the Team. 

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OUR TEAM

We are proud of our experience and reputation, with over 61, 000 flight hours, ranging from WW-II Spitfires and F/A-18 Hornets to Airbus A350’s and Boeing 777’s. Flight Dynamics crew have what it takes. “Passion and Excellence” born from experience.

Flight Hours

Chief Pilot

James Crockett

James is the Head of Flight Operations at Flight Dynamics. His passion for aviation started as a young boy, completing his first solo flight in a glider on his 15th birthday, he then gaining his pilot’s licence before he could legally drive a car. His three decades of flying locally and across the globe have translated to well over 17,000 flight hours, including 16 years flying Boeing 737 and Boeing 777 for Virgin Australia. 

Today James is the Chief Pilot of Flight Dynamics. A qualified test pilot, who conducts test/demo flights and an airline deliverys specialist. He is a director at Australia’s largest Adrenalin Adventure Flight business, Fighter Pilot. He is the promoter for the Brisbane Airshow and holds regulatory positions within several major organisations in Australia.

James together with his team passionately ensure safety, service and product quality are upheld to the highest of standards.

Chief Engineer

Cameron Rolph-Smith

Cameron is the Chief Engineer and co-owner of Flight Dynamics. Flying solo since he was 15, Cameron has performed aerobatic, low-level and formation flying in air shows throughout Australia and around the world. He is an experienced pilot, having flown a wide range of aircraft including the Yak 52, Harvard, Wirraway, Trojan, Nanchang, TBM Avenge, Yak 3U, L-39 Albatross, P-51 Mustang, Stearman and WACO.

Cameron has dedicated an enormous amount of time developing his skills and passion for all things aviation. He established one of Australia’s leading aircraft restoration companies Performance Aero in 2012. This was after recognising the demand for a maintenance and restoration workshop that specialised in warbirds and classic aircraft. Along with his many projects, he is currently restoring a world-leading 1944 Super Marine Spitfire MK14(E).

A current board member of Australia Warbirds Limited, Cameron is a Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer.

Safety Manager

Gill Vardi

Gill has over 38 years of aviation experience and has been an active aviation consultant over the past 29 years. Gill is a founding partner of Aero Safe Industries Pty Ltd, an aviation consultancy which has operated for over 17 years.

Gill is also the co-owner of Australian Airdisplays with our Chief Pilot James Crockett. Together they share their passion of Airshows and military aircraft with the masses, with large events like the Brisbane Airshow and Red Thunder.

Gill has a military and civil airline background. He has flown Aeromacchi Jet Trainers, C130 Hercules transport, and F/A-18 Hornet fighter aircraft and has been a commercial airline Check and Training Captain with Qantas. Gill has flown B747, B767, and A330 aircraft, with Check and Training qualifications on B737, B767 and A330 aircraft. Gill has over 17,500 flying hours.

Jet Operations

Stephen Boyd

Stephen is a Senior Captain with Cathay Pacific Airways, flying the Airbus A350 with more than 17,000 hours in his logbook. His flying career began at 16 when a childhood passion for aviation led him to glider flying with the Queensland Air Training Corps.

He gained his commercial pilot’s license 15 months after finishing high school. In 1994, Steve joined Cathay Pacific Airways and moved to Hong Kong. Initially a Second Officer on the Airbus A340, he was promoted to First Officer on the Boeing 747-400 and in early 2005 he was promoted to Captain on the Airbus A330/340.

In 2009 Steve returned to Australia with his family, continuing to fly with Cathay Pacific while indulging his interest in warbird aircraft. He purchased a CAC Wirraway and an L39 Albatros. Steve is part of the Fighter Pilot team operating the L-39 Albatros and lives in Brisbane with his wife and daughters.

Experienced Crew

Our Pilots bring a wealth of experience 

FLIGHT DYNAMICS PILOTS ARE ALL CURRENT AND FORMER AIRLINE CAPTAINS FROM QANTAS AND VIRGIN AUSTRALIA