Andrew Learmonth – Flight Training Manager & RPAS Instructor
Andrew brings to Remote Aviation Australia an extensive aviation background. After obtaining his commercial pilots licence, Andrew worked as a flying instructor at the Redcliffe Aero Club and later the Royal Queensland Aero Club/Airline Academy of Australia. He was a Grade 1 flying instructor (the highest grade of instructor rating), teaching a variety of flying from multi-engine instrument ratings, through to aerobatics.
After instructing, Andrew become a Captain at Toll Aviation, flying night freight and cargo operations in Metroliners. He later became a Check and Training Captain and simulator instructor at Toll. His next aviation job was flying ATR-72s regionally for Virgin Australia. He became a ground instructor and developed the company’s first ATR technical training course. This allowed the organisation to get CASA approval to conduct type-ratings in-house. Andrew left Virgin Australia in early 2016 and now flies Dash-8s for QantasLink. In recent years, Andrew has operated remotely piloted aircraft and worked as an RPAS instructor.
In addition to Andrew’s flying experience, he completed his Master of Aviation Management, giving him further insight into aviation matters such as human factors and safety management systems.
Andrew has been an editor for the Aviation Theory Centre for many years, helping write and review content for their PPL, CPL, ATPL and IREX book. Andrew has recently helped the Aviation Theory Centre write a “Remote Piloting Guide” to assist drone pilots understand the, at times, complex regulations.