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Our professional pilots are passionate about flying, and can’t wait to share a once-in-a-lifetime experience with you. Read more about their unique skills and backgrounds.

Cameron Rolph-Smith

Flying solo since he was 15, Cameron has performed aerobatic, low-level and formation flying in air shows throughout Australia and around the world. He is an experienced pilot, having flown a wide range of aircrafts including the Yak 52, Harvard, Wirraway, Trojan, Nanchang, TBM Avenge, Yak 3U, L-39 Albatross, P-51 Mustang, Stearman and WACO.

Cameron has dedicated an enormous amount of time developing his skills and passion for all things aviation. He established one of Australia’s leading aircraft restoration companies Performance Aero in 2012. This was after recognising the demand for a maintenance and restoration workshop that specialised in warbirds and classic aircraft. Along with his many projects, he is currently restoring a world-leading 1944 Super Marine Spitfire MK14(E).

A current board member of Australia Warbirds Limited, Cameron is a Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer and Commercial pilot. His true soft spot is for Super Cubs.

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  • Aerobatic skill
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  • Line dancing
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James Crockett

James is the Chief Pilot for Fighter pilot. When not flying Warbirds, you may spot him preparing for a Pacific crossing in the Boeing 777 for Virgin Australia.

James’ passion for aviation started as a young boy. Completing his first solo flight in a glider on his 15th birthday. Gaining his pilots Licence before he could legally drive a car, created some challenges for his parents. James performed at air shows all over the country in his teenage years, before taking on commercial turbo prop’s and jet operations in his early twenties. Over time James was promoted to several senior management positions within the regional airline industry, before he was offered a position with Virgin Blue, flying the Boeing 737 as First Officer. In 2006 James was promoted to Captain, on the Boeing 737. In 2010 James took up a position flying the Boeing 777.

Today James flys with Virgin, whilst also being heavily involved in the Aviation community – from his recent appointment as President of the Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield, to running large events like the Brisbane Valley Airshow.

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  • Formation flight skills
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  • Stand Up comedy skills
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Steve Boyd

Stephen is a Senior Captain with Cathay Pacific Airways, flying the Airbus A330 with more than 17,000 hours in his logbook. His flying career began at 16 when a childhood passion for aviation led him to glider flying with the Queensland Air Training Corps.

He gained his commercial pilot’s license 15 months after high school. In 1994, Steve joined Cathay Pacific Airways and moved to Hong Kong. Initially a Second Officer on the Airbus A340, he was promoted to First Officer on the Boeing 747-400 and in early 2005 he was promoted to Captain on the Airbus A330/340.

In 2009 Steve returned to Australia with his family, continuing to fly with Cathay Pacific while indulging his interest in warbird aircrafts. He purchased a CAC Wirraway and an L39 Albatross. Steve is part of the Fighter Pilot team operating the L-39 Albatross and lives in Brisbane with his wife and daughters.

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  • Flight instructor and training skills
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  • Cooking skills
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Brad Bishopp

Brad’s life revolves around the world of aviation, with his earliest memories being around the Archerfield Airport. With a deep passion for aircraft, Brad has always immersed himself in aviation, currently perfecting his piloting skills, flying warbirds such as the T-6 Harvard and P-51D Mustang. He also pilots turbo props and is undertaking flight lessons in helicopters.

Brad is serious about all things aviation, including establishing a fleet of classic WWII aircraft. He also dedicates countless hours to the growth of Fighter Pilot, with a drive to share the dream with aspiring flyers. His dreams include owning a Spitfire and a Corsair.

Aviation is in Brad’s blood, with his Grandfather and Great-Uncle having both served in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, with both parents and his younger brother being avid general aviation pilots. Brad’s son has also recently gone solo.

Outside of the world of aviation, Brad leads the team at Bishopp Outdoor Advertising; one of Australia’s leading out of home advertising companies.

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  • Instrument flight skills
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  • Stamp collecting
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Rodney Ginn

Rodney is an aviation enthusiast based on the Sunshine Coast and has been a pilot since the early 1990’s. With several thousand hours of experience, he is a keen flyer of Fighter Pilot’s Yak-52 and has an undeniable love affair for the WACO Biplane affectionately known as Marilyn.

Rodney also pilots emergency service missions, including fire spotting and fauna & flora research. He is passionate about sharing the flying experience through Fighter Pilot.

Like all the team at Fighter Pilot, Rodney’s experience began as a small boy, growing up around Caloundra Airport where his father Brian maintained and kept many small planes in a state of preparedness for many owners. This is where Rodney first fell in love with Aviation. Over his 22 years of flying, Caloundra still remains Rodney’s main base.

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  • Formation flying skills
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  • Fashion sense
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Nick Maddocks

Nick is an up-and-coming warbird pilot with a strong passion for everything aviation.
He has extensive skills in gliding, having represented Australia in junior world competition and winning the 2013 Australian two-seat gliding nationals.

Nick experienced his first glider ride at aged four, and went solo as soon as he could on his 15th birthday. Nick’s experience and passion extends to maintenance and engineering. Beginning aircraft maintenance in 2011, Nick works as Cameron’s right-hand man at Performance Aero from jets to warbirds.

Both his grandparents flew powered planes and gliders, and both his parents are avid gliders. Nick follows closely in the footsteps of his Father who is proudly a veteran F-111 pilot, seen by many performing the dump and burn. Nick’s father continues to fly for QANTAS and active mentor to Nick.

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  • Aviation maintenance and engineering
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  • Gardening
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