• Chairman and Founder: Alliance Aviation Services, formerly Alliance Airlines
• Deputy Chairman: Hawker Pacific (Australia) Pty Ltd
• Chairman: Australian Aviation Hall of Fame
• Founder: Universal Training Systems
• Board Member and Life Member: Regional Aviation Association of Australia (RAAA)
• Chairman: RAAA Convention
• Council Member: Australian Air Force Cadets National Council
Steve Padgett has been in aviation since 1964. Steve learned to fly at age 16, winning an RAAF Flying
Scholarship and earning commissioned rank, and Commercial Licence and Flying Instructor Rating at age 19.
Whilst remaining in the RAAF reserve as a ground instructor for a number of years, Steve began selling aircraft
and launched Aeromil in 1980. Steve has been awarded a number of aircraft sales achievement awards and has
marketed new Beechcraft, Learjet (Bombardier), Embraer and Cessna aircraft, selling over 500 new and preowned
aircraft throughout his career. Steve has over 3,000 hours total flying experience and has flown numerous
aircraft types including business jets.
Steve Padgett is recognised as a leader in the aviation industry in the Asia Pacific region and has been
acknowledged by his peers as one of the region’s top 10 people of influence. Steve’s innovative strategies and
hands-on approach have always placed him at the forefront of change and his views and comments on aviation
are regularly sought by industry and the media.
Steve was instrumental in developing new aviation markets and business in the region as far back as the 1970s.
He facilitated the start-up of a number of airlines in Australia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Fiji, the South
Pacific and in Asia including Sunshine Express Airlines and Alliance Airlines, which is now one of the largest
charter companies servicing the mining and resource sectors in Australasia. Alliance Aviation Services, formerly
Alliance Airlines, listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in December 2001.
During the 1990s, Steve Padgett purchased and operated Austin Aero, a large and successful FBO in Austin,
Texas which provided refuelling and support services for major airlines and business aviation.
In 1995, Steve moved the operations of Aeromil to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast to further the business. This
move was the catalyst for the development of Sunshine Express Airlines in 1998, the Singapore Flying College in
2002, the acquisition of the Cessna aircraft dealership in 2005 with the expansion of business and infrastructure
on Bankstown Airport, the launch of the Cessna Store (the world’s first aviation store) in 2008 and pilot training
through Flight Options in 2011.
Under the guidance of Steve Padgett, Aeromil Pacific became one of Australia’s largest and most successful
privately owned and operated aviation companies and it has been recently acquired by Hawker Pacific with
Steve appointed Deputy Chairman of Hawker Pacific (Australia).
Having has the tremendous opportunity to learn to fly in the Air Training Corps (RAAF), Steve was committed
to contributing to the organisation that provided him with the start in his career. He has subsequently been
appointed to the National Council of the Air Force Cadets, which oversees the current force of some 7,300 young
men and women Australia wide.
Recently Steve announced the formation of Universal Training Systems (UTS), utilising the substantial Simulator
and Training College facility on the Sunshine Coast Airport, which he initiated and finally purchased from
Singapore Airlines. UTS has an existing Cessna Citation Mustang Simulator and will soon accommodate a new
Beechcraft King Air 200/350 level D simulator. This world class complex will be available to train pilots,
engineers and other aviation related sectors in Australia and overseas.
Steve Padgett is married to Lorraine and has two children and five grandchildren. His son is an airline captain
and his daughter was trained as an events manager. Steve divides his time between homes on Queensland’s
Sunshine Coast and Sydney and has a personal interest in collecting classic cars.