Following operational, instructional and display pilot roles in the Air Force, Pat joined a major international airline originally flying the B747 "Classic" and later converting to the B747-400. He held appointments as Senior Check and Training Captain and also led the airline instructor training program. Throughout his career, Pat has remained active as a general aviation pilot, instructor and examiner. As well as being Head of Flight Operations and Training for Aviation Australia, Pat also has an academic appointment as Professor of Aviation and Logistics at The University of Southern Queensland. He is passionate about pilot training and is conducting research into pilot aptitude assessment and the improvement of aviation safety through evidence - based training. He feels privileged to work with Aviation Australia's team of highly experienced, professional instructors.