Martin Aircraft is pleased to announce that it has appointed Mr Michael Read as Director of Flight Operations. Michael joins Martin Aircraft after 13 years as a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) pilot, most recently as a Captain on RAAF Airbus A330 conducting Multi-Role: Air-to-Air Refuelling and passenger operations in the Middle East.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Science and an Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence and has extensive aviation experience and knowledge including flight testing and certification. Concurrent with his military duties, Mr Read has been working as an aviation consultant, focussing on aviation safety management systems and international regulatory compliance.
The Martin Jetpack Prototype 12 has attained New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) authorisation to fly manned and pilotless, via remote control. Michael has a strong background in Regulatory Affairs and as part of his duties he will assist Martin Aircraft to obtain similar certification with other national regulators.
Michael’s test and evaluation background, coupled with his management skills, will also benefit the ongoing project management of the commercialisation of the Jetpacks into the first responder community. Mr Read is also highly qualified in Flight Simulation, and has experience in the certification process of Level D (Full Flight) simulators which will build further capability as we work with customers to support pilot training and licensing.
Michael’s appointment completes Martin Aircraft’s global search to assemble a senior management team with the international experience, in-depth knowledge, and skills, to drive the business forward and deliver against the company’s business objectives.