Ian started flying at the tender age of 16 with an Air Training Corps Flying Scholarship. At age 18 a 17 year career in the RAAF commenced. RAAF operational time included service on the Mirage and Canberra but as a graduate of the Empire Test Pilot's School his experience includes many and varied aircraft types. Since the RAAF he has been flying with Cathay Pacific Airways in Hong Kong operating the B747-200 and -400; and B777. Flying the Nanchang is a repeatable pleasure. The smiles on the passengers faces are the reward.
Jason Waller was born in Perth and joined the Air Force in 1987. He completed a Bachelor of Science at ADFA before commencing Pilots Course. He graduated in May 1992 and was posted to fly P3-C Orions with 10 Squadron. After a tour at the squadron, he completed Flying Instructors Course and was posted to No 2 Flying Training School. After two years as a Qualified Flying Instructor he was promoted to Squadron Leader and became a flight commander, followed by Chief Flying Instructor. He graduated from Australian Command and Staff College in 2002, where he was awarded prizes for the Highest Overall Academic Achievement and best Aerospace Paper. Following Staff College, he served as a planning and operations officer in the Defence Department’s Strategic Headquarters and was promoted to Wing Commander. In 2004 he returned to 92 Wing in No 11 Squadron. During this period he served in the Middle East as the Commander of the Maritime Patrol Task Group conducting operations in Iraq. In June 2005, he returned to Australia and was posted as Commanding Officer No 2 Flying Training School at RAAF Base Pearce in WA. After 22 years in the RAAF, he retired from service life. In the 2009 Australia Day Honours List he was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross for his contribution to Air Force’s pilot training capability.