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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.

Ian Harman

Ian Harman

Group Business Development Manager

Ian is responsible for expanding Aviat Global’s capabilities within the Asia-Pacific region and across Europe and the world.

Ian is a qualified engineer, with international experience across the aviation and aerospace recruitment sector. He specialises in providing recruitment and development services.

Ian has successfully established sustainable staffing solutions for major airline and MRO clients including Air New Zealand, Virgin, KLM, Cargolux and Lufthansa. His deep understanding of airline client requirements is key to the successful delivery of high quality outcomes for all of Aviat Global’s clients.

Derek Smith

Derek Smith

Quality and Safety Manager

Derek is responsible for quality and safety at Aviat Global.

Derek’s management career includes 8 years as the Quality and Safety Manager for Cathay Pacific Airlines, followed by 14 years as the Manager Quality and Safety for Qantas.

Prior to his time with Cathay Pacific Airlines, Derek held the positions of Line Station Maintenance Manager and LAME. Derek contributed to the development of CASR Part 145 from 2006 and through its introduction to Qantas in 2013. Derek also contributed extensively to Qantas’s EASA and FAA Part 145 approvals.

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.

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