Our Management Team
Andrew Cole, General Manager
Brings over thirty years of Aviation experience to AeroPearl. Andy has been with the Paspaley Group since 2006 when he joined as a Base Manager and Senior Aircraft Mission Coordinator for AeroRescue Pty Ltd who was contracted to provide a dedicated 24/7 SAR service from 5 bases around Australia. Andy became the Operations Manager in 2008 and from 2015 managed all aspects of the contract until its cessation in February 2017. From 1999 to 2006 he was working with Surveillance Australia Pty Ltd as a Training and Checking Electronic Observer on the Coastwatch contract. Prior to 1999 worked in the Airborne Geophysics field in a variety of roles including Airborne geophysical survey operator, data processor and finally as a Special Projects and Operations Manager. Andy has gained significant special missions aviation operational experience throughout Australia, Africa, Asia and Europe.
Trevor Holman, Chief Engineer
Commenced Aviation career as an Engine/Airframe Apprentice with QANTAS in 1984 gaining experience in their overhaul shops and line maintenance. Maintained fleet of Cessna 152, 172, 206 & 402, BN2 Islanders and Twin Otters at Ballarat, Victoria and Mt Hagen PNG. Hangar Foreman for Aircraft Engineers Associates, an MRO for GA aircraft at Archerfield Airport,
In 2002, started as a casual at Jetcare Brisbane airport as a LAME then took on the full time position in a supervisory role in the hangar with aircraft maintenance. At the end of 2006, commenced work as the Engine/Airframe LAME at AeroPearl and is now the Chief Engineer.
Graham Claxton, Chief Flight Inspector
Recently joined Aeropearl as the Chief Flight Inspector (CFI) from Cobham Flight Inspection in the United Kingdom as the Lead Flight Inspector for Navigational Aids. In 2002, trained as a Flight Inspector, working mainly in the UK, Europe and latterly the Middle East and Afghanistan. Previously worked at Teesside Airport in the UK starting as an apprentice Air Traffic Engineer maintaining the ground based navigational aids, progressing to a senior supervising engineer and then manager of the Air Traffic Engineering department. Has been involved with the aviation business for 35 years.
Ian Haeusler, Manager Flight Inspection Operations
Joined Aeropearl team in 2012 in this role bringing extensive and diverse Aviation experience, 40+ years, as a corporate pilot and Manager. Added to this, holds and has held various CASA approvals and Chief Pilot positions, managed FIFO projects for Western Mining, Century Zinc and BHP. Also held positions overseas with Cessna Aircraft Corporation, Piper Aircraft corporation, Bell Helicopters and Pilatus.
Damon Pagani, Chief Pilot
Chief Pilot, Check and Training Captain. Flight Inspections in Australia, Cambodia, Singapore and Cambodia. Over 30 years aviation experience. Provide technical support for Flight Inspectors.
Shamantha Alwis, Chief Technical Services Engineer
Joined AeroPearl in January, 2022 with a background as a Systems Engineer working on CNS/ATM systems. Technical Services is responsible for ensuring the certification and continued compliance of the Flight Inspection System (FIS) to international standards. Through stringent engineering change management processes, Technical Services also work to bring new technology to the FIS, ensuring the most complete and advanced Flight Inspection service capability.
Kelvin Bennett, Head of Aircraft Airworthiness and Maintenance Control (HAAMC)
As the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) appointed Pearl Aviation Australia Head of Aircraft Airworthiness and Maintenance Control (HAAMC), liaises with the AeroPearl Management Team, particularly the Chief Engineer, to provide the maintenance planning for the specially equipped Kingair 350 Flight Inspection aircraft operating throughout Australia, Asia and South Pacific regions. Commenced working at AeroPearl 10 years ago as a Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer and has 40 years’ experience in the aviation maintenance industry. Has been involved with aircraft servicing in provincial centres, country and overseas locations on a variety of privately-owned turbine and piston powered aircraft, including charter, freight, aerial agriculture, aerial mustering, regular public transport and regional airlines.