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The Australian Aviation Hall of Fame continues to enjoy the support of our Patron, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin AC (Retd). 


Air Chief Marshal Binskin is a highly decorated and respected senior leader and executive in the national security, defence and aerospace sectors, having served this nation as Chief of Air Force (2009 – 2011), Vice Chief of the Defence Force (2011 – 2014), and Chief of the Defence Force (2014 – 2018).


As Chief of the Australian Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Binskin successfully led an ADF comprising 80,000 permanent and reserve personnel, to significantly improve capability and respond as directed by the Australian Government to major global events. He championed organisational change across areas of national security, culture, diversity and leadership performance.


Air Chief Marshal Binskin was appointed as Deputy Chair of Airservices Australia in 2018, before becoming Chair of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) in 2021. In 2020, he was Chair of the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements.


Air Chief Marshal Binskin continues to provide specialist advice to the highest levels of governments, industry leaders and international stakeholders, and his aerospace knowledge and expertise is extensive.


He has over 3.500 hours in single seat fighter aircraft, including the A-4G Skyhawk, Mirage, F-16C and F/A18 Hornet, and remains active in aviation as a commercial, RA-Aus and Warbird pilot and currently serves as a Reservist in 100SQN RAAF displaying the Canberra aircraft.


Air Marshal Binskin has completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.


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Our directors

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Greg Hood commenced his career as an Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) serving throughout Australia and in the Middle East and has subsequently held the roles of Executive Manager Operations at the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and Executive General Manager – Air Traffic Control at Airservices Australia. From 2016 – 2021, Greg served as the Chief Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer at the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB). Concurrently, he was also appointed Chair of the International Transportation Safety Association (ITSA). Greg was made an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) in 2023 for his service to transport and the not-for-profit sector. Greg is a glider and powered aircraft pilot.





Chris started his career in aviation as a Qantas Pilot in the 1970’s. He was President of the Australian and International Pilots' Association and Chief Pilot for Qantas.


More recently he has been a Director of AMDA, Chairman of the Airport Coordination Australia, Director of the HARS Foundation and Commissioner for the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.



Bob has had a long involvement in Historical Aviation. He is the current President, Chief Pilot and Life Member of HARS, also the Managing Director of Historic Aircraft Projects Pty Ltd, a HARS Maintenance organisation. Bob is a Director of the Aerospace Maritime Defence and Security Foundation of Australia Limited. Director of the HARS Foundation Ltd. A former Senior Manager CML Ltd. He holds a Commercial Pilot-Command Ratings, is a Flight Instructor on the Lockheed Super Constellation and Lockheed Neptune. Order of Australia for services to Aviation. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute History and Arts. Australian Bi-Centenary Air Show 1988 official. A former Flight Commander with the Australian Airforce Cadets.



Terry’s aviation career commenced in 1966 with the RAN. Then General aviation where he held Training and Management roles with Qantas and British Aerospace. In 2002, he managed the Engineering training for Jetstar’s first Airbus A320. In 2006 he was appointed Manager and Senior Curator at Nowra’s Royal Australian Navy Fleet Air Arm Museum. At that time Terry oversaw the museum's reconfiguration and modernisation program. He retired in 2019. Terry holds a Diploma of Engineering in Aerospace Systems and an Aircraft Engineer Licence. He is a Life Member of the Fleet Air Arm Association of Australia and is the National Secretary. Terry was awarded an Order of Australia (OAM) in the 2020 Australia Day awards.

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Samantha Freebairn

Samantha is a former Pilot and Wing Commander in the Royal Australian Air Force. She has flown both combat and humanitarian relief missions on C-130H Hercules and C-17A Globemaster aircraft, was the first woman in Australia to instruct pilots in the C-17A simulator and has a career highlight of landing on an ice runway in Antarctica. She wrote the policy that enabled her and other women to return to RAAF operational flying after having children and in 2014, won the QLD Telstra Business Women’s Award in Business Innovation for the Graduate Pilot Scheme, which incentivises military aviation to women who had never previously considered it. The initiative resulted in successfully doubling the number of women pilots in the Air Force in a two-year period, after numbers had remained stagnant for the prior 30 years. Today Samantha is the Senior Manager of Aviation Safety Training for Qantas, a keynote speaker, executive leadership coach and with an ongoing passion for aviation actively encourages everyone to fly at plane at least once in their lives.  



Ben Martin is a partner of Norton White, the specialist transport law firm in Sydney, Australia. Ben advises a number of organisations in the aviation industry throughout Australia and the South West Pacific. He has been ranked by Legal Media Group’s “Best of the Best” guide to legal practitioners as one of the top 30 aviation lawyers in the world. He has degrees in Law and Science from the University of New South Wales (1987). He is a member of the Flight Safety Foundation International Legal Advisory Council, is a past director of the Regional Aviation Association of Australia and a past President of the Aviation Law Association of Australia and New Zealand.


Jenny Houghton

Aviation is not just a passion for Jenny, it’s a large part of her life and her story. She has had a lifelong immersion in aviation, in particular education and history.

Jenny undertook her first flight at 17 years of age and has since held Private and Commercial Pilots Licences with Command Instrument and Instructor ratings. She also holds a Balloon Commercial Pilot Licence and an Examiner rating and has accumulated several thousands of hours in fixed wing aircraft and in Balloons.

Jenny holds a Bachelors degree in Education from Curtin University and is a Fellow of the Australian
Institute of Company Directors (AICD). Many decades after she started flying, she found herself flying from the airstrip owned by she and her husband on their property, Maygars Hill Vineyard, in Central Victoria.

During her illustrious career as a vintner, she has also found time to be elected State and National President of the Australian Women Pilots’ Association (AWPA Nat Pres 1981 – 1983 and 1987-89) and in 1986 was awarded the Nancy Bird Trophy for Outstanding Contribution to Aviation by a woman of Australasia. From 1983 – 1989, Jenny was a Board Member and Vice President of the World Aerospace Aviation Education Organisation and in 1988, was recognised through the awarding of an Order of Merit by that organisation. She was a Board member and Vice President of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) from 1986 - 1996, and in 1985, she was made a Life Member and an inductee of the Australian Ballooning Federation Hall of Fame. From 1997 – 2012, Jenny was a Board member, the Patron and is now a Life Member of the Aerospace Maritime Defence and Security Foundation of Australia Limited (AMDA).

In 2002, Jenny was inducted into the Pioneer Women Hall of Fame in Alice Springs, from 2013 has been a member of the Melbourne Health Ethics Research Committee, and in 2021 was awarded the Lorrey Bonny Award for conducting a record-breaking flight of international significance. Jenny believes that “It’s so much about the people in aviation that are making this journey so enjoyable and worthwhile - long may we continue.”

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