As part of the Queens Birthday 2019 Honours List announcement, Steve Padgett has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for outstanding achievement and service.
Mr Padgett has been in aviation since 1964. He learned to fly at age 16, winning a Royal Australian Airforce (RAAF) Flying Scholarship through the Air Training Corps (ATC), earning commissioned rank, Commercial Pilot’s Licence and Instructor Rating aged just 19.
Whilst remaining in the RAAF Reserve Forces as an Instructor to the ATC, Mr Padgett started a career in aircraft sales and marketing with Hawker de Havilland and launched his own business in 1978, going on to form Aeromil Australia (later Aeromil Pacific) in 1980. He represented major aircraft manufacturers Beechcraft, Learjet, Embraer and Cessna and was successful in achieving a number of international sales awards. Steve has over 3,000 hours flying experience and has flown numerous types of aircraft from gyroplanes to business jets.
Mr Padgett has been instrumental in developing new aviation markets and business in the Asia Pacific region. He facilitated the start-up of several airlines in Australia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Fiji, the South Pacific and Asia, including Sunshine Express Airlines and Alliance Airlines.
On receiving the Award, Mr Padgett remarked; “I am honoured to receive the Award and delighted to receive this on behalf of my family and the wonderful people I work with every day.”
Mr Padgett holds the current positions:
• Co-Founder and Chairman: Alliance Aviation Services, formerly Alliance Airlines
• Founder and Managing Director: Flight Options (Australia) Pty Ltd, Universal Training Systems and SJP Aviation Pty Ltd
• Life Member: Regional Aviation Association of Australia (RAAA)
• Council Member: Australian Air Force Cadets National Council
• Chairman: Australian Aviation Hall of Fame (AAHOF)
Mr Padgett is married to Lorraine and has two children and five grandchildren. Darren, his son, is a Qantas Captain with more than 30 years flying experience and Leanne, his daughter, built a successful career as an event manager. Following in the family tradition, and aged 15, two of Mr Padgett’s grandchildren have started learning to fly………….!