David Blake Director & CEO

David has been the CEO of three major airlines across Australia and Europe. With thousands of hours experience flying in various fleets including the 747, he provides a strong direction for the organisation and personal assistance to students seeking guidance.

David Johnston Director & CFO
David Forsyth Head of Operations

David joined the team as the HoO in 2017.
He brings a wealth of knowledge not just in the training environment but in the charter environment as well.
Have a question? he is more than willing to help

Chris Pfitzner Cheif Pilot (Charter)

Chris has thousands of hours experience flying in regional South Australia not to mention flying around the world in places such as Thailand and the United States. We are blessed at Hartwig Air to have someone with years of experience and someone so willing to bestow this information to the next generation of Aviators.

Liam Sullivan Dy. General Manager- Flight School

Liam handles most of our day to day operations which includes his role here as a senior flight instructor. He also oversees new business development and partnerships.

Simon Pivato Safety Manager

One of our Senior Pilots, Simon has a decade of flying experience. He flies all the aircrafts in our fleet as a flight instructor and charter pilot. Immaculate in his safety and procedures, he strives to ensure we are always operating safely above and beyond CASA requirements.

Lia Ladas Human Resource Business Partner

Lia has vast experience managing personnel which results in her being pivotal in shaping the cultural fabric of Hartwig Air. Lia also manages course programs at Hartwig Air including our Degree and Diploma courses.

Kingsley ‘The Real Shark’ Sharkey Dy. Chief Pilot & Casa Approved Flight Examiner

‘Sharkey’ to us, he has been with Hartwig for close to a decade serving us as a Grade 1 Instructor and now as a CASA Flight Examiner . He is also a Charter pilot and always on the move with his busy flight schedule.

Darren Sheldon Business Development Manager

Darren manages the Adelaide Pilot shop and is a qualified pilot working in Hartwig Air Charter operations.

Kingsley Symonds Ground School Manager

Kingsley is our Aviation Theory Manager, Projects Officer, IT Officer and one of our flight instructors just to name a few. Partnering closely with students Kingsley will work to resolve any challenges that arise throughout your course.

Joe Ikin Part 142 Manager

Joe completed his training in Queensland and has since worked in Sydney, Melbourne and now Adelaide. He has experience challenging environments which has molded him into an ideal Training Manager. In this role he oversees all students with our Degree and Diploma courses to ensure they comply with CASA requirements.