Angela Garvey

Operations Manager


Angela has experience across the areas of regulatory compliance, safety and auditing, airfield operations, business development and high-level stakeholder engagement, across defence and government agencies at a local, state, and federal level.

Angela started her aviation and airport management career 30 years ago in 1992, while owning and operating a large Brisbane-based skydiving business. Angela learned the importance of airport development early on, as developing a Sport Aviation Airpark (ALA) became a necessity to successfully operating her business. The airpark was situated within a military control zone, which on paper, made the Airpark approval look impossible… but she made it happen through high-level stakeholder engagement.

Angela worked closely with local council, state government, defence, air traffic control and local community members to negotiate the business’ development, resulting in the successful approval of her development application.

In 2012, Angela moved on to her aviation consulting career where she provided specific advice on Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS). In the past 10 years, Angela has worked in various roles across a variety of organisations, however, all roads have led her back to aviation and airports - working with the likes of Boeing, Airservices Australia, Ballina/Byron Gateway Airport, Queensland Government Air Wing and Toll Helicopters.

Angela advocates for industry inclusion and diversity by being a ‘women in aviation’ leader, and role model to young women looking to pursue a career in aviation.

Strengths include:

  • Detailed understanding of many facets of the aviation sector
  • Aviation and people management
  • Stakeholder engagement and communication - Respectful and respected approach with stakeholders, clients, airport management and flight operations personnel and regulators.
  • Project management
  • Aviation safety management systems
  • ICAM auditing
  • Airport airside operations and safety standards airport and flight operations regulations
  • Aviation technical and business-style writing.



  • Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA) – Level 1 security clearance
  • Specialist Aviation Counselling course - Evolve College of Counselling
  • DASR Aviation Safety Management Systems – Practitioner - Defence Aviation Safety Managment
  • Workplace Health & Safety Investigation - BSBWHS505 - Investigate WHS incidents
  • Workplace Health & Safety Investigation - RIIWHS301D - Conduct safety & health investigations
  • Safety & Lead Auditor course - Lead Auditor - ISO 9001:2015 - Southpac Aerospace
  • Defence Aviation Safety Management Systems Practitioner Course - Defence Aviation Safety Authority
  • Commercial Pilot Licence single and multi engine - Civil Aviation Safety Authority
  • Remote Pilot Licence (RePL) with Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) approval - Civil Aviation Safety Authority
  • ICAM Aviation Investigator
  • Aerodrome Reporting/Works Safety Officer
  • Remote Pilot Aviation Systems (RPAS/Drone) consultant
  • CASA Flight Safety Australia magazine - Writer and Contributor
  • Women in Aviation Ambassador / Keynote Speaker
  • Founder / Director of Navigating Aviation - Specialist Aviation Counselling
  • Aerobatic Airshow Display Pilot-in-training