Director Aviation Operations
WGCDR(AAFC) Mark Dorward
WGCDR(AAFC) Mark Dorward first became involved in Air Force Cadets over 24 years ago, joining the then Air Training Corps as a young cadet. His interest in aviation grew rapidly through cadets where he learnt to fly and achieved his first solo flight at RAAF Base Amberley in 1993. As a cadet Mark progressed through the ranks achieving Cadet Under Officer and also winning the coveted AIRTC National Flying Competition. Having gained so much from the AIRTC Mark went on to become an Instructor of Cadets to repay the organisation that had given him so much. Mark has a wealth of experience in the AAFC having held appointments at Squadron and Wing level including Commanding Officer of a large Squadron.
Mark brings with him some very pertinent skills and experience from his civilian flying career. Having started out teaching others including cadets how to fly, Mark has pursued a career in general aviation and regional airline operations. In this time he has accumulated over 7000 hours flying experience, and enjoyed a diverse range of flying across Northern Australia and Papua New Guinea. His qualifications also include training and checking commercial pilots, holding approvals as a testing officer, check pilot and delegate of the CASA.
In 2006 Mark completed a Graduate Certificate in Aviation Management from the University of New South Wales. Being interested in safety systems, Mark has had experience developing and implementing a safety management system. Mark's aviation management experience includes roles as the Head of Training and Checking and Chief Pilot. In 2010 Mark was appointed Managing Director of Hinterland Aviation which is a highly diversified and successful aviation business operating low capacity airline operations, Part 145 engineering and a Part 42 Airworthiness control office.
Mark is married with one young daughter.