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The AViat Global management team

Aviation experts supporting Australia, Asia Pacific and the world.

Glen Brabant

Glen Brabant

General Manager MRO

Glen is the Accountable Manager for AViat Global’s CASR Part 145 Maintenance Organisation Certificate.

Glen is a mechanical engineer with 40 years of experience as a licensed aircraft engineer and airline manager.

Glen’s management career encompasses roles across aircraft heavy maintenance, structural repairs, composites, aircraft painting, interiors and component maintenance. He has configured and managed numerous high profile aviation maintenance projects.

Glen also has extensive experience with military aircraft structural repairs and maintenance, including working for several years at RAAF Base Richmond as a civilian contract manager. Glen’s responsibilities at Richmond included managing the commercialisation of the aircraft paint facility, and the component repair cycle management for the C130J fleet. 

Prior to joining AViat Global, Glen was the Executive General Manager of Operations for an international airline with responsibilities for airline operations, engineering, flight operations and services. Glen’s career also includes working with the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand.

Leighton Pittendrigh-Smith

Leighton Pittendrigh-Smith

Line Maintenance Manager

Leighton is responsible for AViat Global’s line maintenance operations. Leighton is a trained, licensed aircraft engineer and holds a Bachelors of Technology Management degree. He has 26 years experience in aircraft engineering and airline management.

Leighton’s management career has covered roles supervising aircraft heavy maintenance, structural repairs, composites, line maintenance, interiors and component maintenance. He also has experience in acceptance and lease return of aircraft.

Leighton has worked alongside international airlines with responsibilities for airline maintenance, flight engineers and remote special operations and currently chairs an international safety committee and sits on Australian and UK boards.

Frank Bonnici

Quality and Safety Manager

Frank is part of the Quality and Safety team at AViat Global.

He brings valuable experience in Asset Management, Engineering Management, Safety Management and Technical Compliance and is passionate about quality, people and doing things right.

Franks career has spanned 40 years in Aviation and Rail while bringing 30 years of aviation experience to Aviat. His career includes 22 years at Qantas Airways where he managed all aspects of Engineering and Maintenance including the management of the Narrowbody Engineering Team. Following Qantas, he worked with Jetstar for 2 years managing Maintenance Programs and Reliability and held Maintenance Program approval for Jetstar while implementing Compliance and Reliability projects.

He is committed to the continuous improvement of Quality and Safety Management Systems as well as maintenance practices, technical compliance, and safety matters. He has worked closely with various regulators including CASA, Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONSR) and Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) striving for continuous improvement in bringing about safer operations and compliance.