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Board of Directors


Ben Coughlan

Ben has been flying since 2016, completing his initial training with Canberra Aviation before going on to complete his CPL and Multi-Engine & Instrument ratings.  Ben has a PhD in Computer Science and when he's not flying he's writing code for his Canberra based start-up.  Ben owns a Duchess VH-XHT and has dreams of flying a King Air for the RFDS


Andrew Brettargh

Began flying in 1981 by earning rides in 172s by washing planes for pilots next door in Central Qld. More formal flying began in 1987 with Tom Dennis at the Airport Flying School which led to a PPL. Have flown in just about all types of Cessna singles (left and right seat), and as a passenger have flown in all Boeing types 707-787. Previously a Director of the Canberra RSL and Board Member of several Canberra sporting organisations including ANU (Sport), Canberra AFL and ACT Water Polo. Tertiary Qualified in Science Engineering Economics and Law works as economic policy consultant.


Christian Milligan

Christian began flying on the Gold Coast in 2018 with Airways Aviation in the Cessna 172. Christian now holds a CPL and MEIR and is a Central Queensland University graduate with a Bachelor of Aviation (Flight Operations) and a Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations). Christian also holds a Cert IV in Leadership and Management, Cert IV in Government and a Cert II in Media. Christian has experience flying the club’s C150 and C172 along with a C182 and twin-engine Seminole. Christian's employment has given him opportunities to live and work across Australia, including regional Victoria, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney and Canberra. Christian is always excited to have a chat about aviation or any opportunities you may know about. 


Col Turner

Born a RAAF brat to a pilot, I have been around planes on and off my entire life. In 2014 I began my photography hobby and ventured down the road of aviation photography. It really wasn't until I had my first back seat ride and was taking photos during some close formation flying with the Red Radials (YAK52s and CJ6's) at Cowra, that the flying bug bit me as hard as ever, that I knew, this is something that I want to do!

After several aborted attempts at learning to fly, I finally managed to get on a steady track with Canberra Aviation under Greg Walsh in late 2018. Training was on and off a bit due to work commitments through 2019 but I was finally able to obtain (even with COVID-19 interference), my RPL in May 2020. This was then followed up by obtaining my PPL under Lani Smales in December 2020. 

After nearly 25 years with Telstra and spending a fair amount of time travelling around southern parts of NSW maintaining Telstra's radio/mobile sites and a Digital Video Network, I am now an ICT Contractor working as a Linux System Engineer.

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