ACUO Management Committee (MC) is made up of 7 full members of the association elected annually by their peers.

The Management Committee meets regularly to make decisions on the strategies, policies & growth of the association, to discuss matters of importance to ACUO and its members, and to ensure the integrity of the association and its core values are being maintained.

The Management Committee members are:

MC Joe Urli

President: Joe Urli (Airobotics Aust. Pty Ltd - QLD)

Joe has more than 25 years of international experience in the aviation industry having worked in senior management roles for Boeing, and as an Airworthiness & Air Safety Inspector for two national aviation authorities. Joe holds CASA chief UAV Controller approvals for piloting and maintaining various types of unmanned aerial vehicles, and is also a licenced [manned] pilot and aircraft engineer. Joe is the ACUO representative on the CASA Standards Consultative Committee (SCC) UAS Sub-Committee and is also a non-Executive member of the Board of Directors for the Paris-based International RPAS Coordination Council of UVS International.

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Secretary/Treasurer: Brad Mason (Helimetrex - QLD)

Brad was a marine Captain and Engineer for 20 years before exploring an alternative career in UAVs in 2001. As a co-founder of HELImetrex, he became the first certified UAV Operator in Australia in November 2002. Brad is a Chief Remote Pilot with hundreds of hours’ flight time on predominantly rotary UAVs, and a Chief UAV Maintenance Controller with thousands of hours’ experience in building & testing UA systems and associated equipment.

MC Mike Manning

MC Member / Recruitment Officer: Mike Manning (Drone Solutions Pty Ltd - QLD)

MC Member / Recruitment Officer: Mike Manning (FlyFreely - QLD) Mike Manning is the Chief Remote Pilot and Maintenance Controller at FlyFreely. Michael has a BSc degree in Land Surveying and has over 30 years total experience in the Geospatial industries, including: Cadastral, Engineering, Precise Engineering, GIS, Mining, Machine Guidance, Hydrographic and Aerial Surveying. He also has extensive international Business Development Management skills.


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MC Member: Fiona Church (Hoverscape - NSW)

Fiona is an airline pilot with more than 16 years experience in the aviation industry, having flown manned aircraft in charter, regional, domestic and international operations. Fiona is a CASA certified flying instructor and founder of UAV operator Hoverscape, being their first Chief UAV Controller when they were established in 2013. Fiona is passionate about innovation in aviation, and the safe and effective integration of unmanned aerial vehicles into the industry.

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MC Member / IT: Anthony Marsh (AEROEYE - VIC)

Anthony is a highly motivated entrepreneur with a love of flight, a knack for technology and a passion for business, with experience in engineering, technology and consulting across small and large businesses, startups, and the military. Anthony has a degree in Aerospace Engineering, a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), holds a current Private Pilot Licence (PPL) and is certified/licenced to fly both fixed-wing (aeroplane), multi-rotor and powered-lift RPAs up to 25kg. Anthony is a Director of Aeroeye, Swoop Aero and AirAssess, and currently manages ACUO's IT.

MC Joseph Wheeler

MC Member: Joseph Wheeler MRAeS (IALPG – QLD)

Joseph is an aviation lawyer and Principal of International Aerospace Law & Policy Group (IALPG), a specialist aerospace law firm.  Since 2008 he has published more than 100 articles on aviation law. He was elected a Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society in 2014 in recognition of his air law expertise, and provides aviation advice and representation to a number of national organisations’ and their clients and members, including Maurice Blackburn Lawyers and the Australian Federation of Air Pilots/AusALPA. 

With previous experience as an airport regulator in Canberra, Joseph now also serves as a member of both the Legal Committee, and the Professional & Government Affairs Committee of the International Federation of Airline Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA).  Joseph is a regular commentator on aero legal and aero political affairs for The Australian.

MC Member: James Diamond (Katira Aviation)