MEDIA ARTICLE | JIM WHALLEY BECOMES CHIEF ENTREPRENEUR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Aug 19, 2018
Former jet pilot and defence company chief Jim Whalley becomes Chief Entrepreneur for South Australia
Nova Group places in the 2018 Most Innovative Companies List
Jul 31, 2018
Nova Group is delighted to announce today that for the sixth time, the company has placed in the Most innovative Companies in Australia, 2018.
Nova Group ranked 84th on the overall list, from over 1000 nominated organisations across Australia and New Zealand.
The prestigious annual list, published by The Australian Financial Review, is based on a rigorous assessment process managed by Australia’s leading innovation consultancy, Inventium, in conjunction with a panel of industry expert judges. The full Top 100 list can be viewed here.
Nova Group’s submission came from a combination of experiences working with clients to develop smart city solutions, specifically Autonomous Air Traffic Management. Through a series of trails, including the most complex and advance drone trials ever completed in Australia, Nova Group can now independently test and evaluate technologies that are safe and efficient to a level acceptable by regulators.
Jon Couldrick, Nova Group Innovation Manager said, “This year’s award is a culmination of 3 years work developing our idea into a viable offering that has the ability to advise regulators and governments on the safety of multi-drone operations.”
Nova Group’s approach to solving this technology-controlled problem, has led to governments and regulators throughout South East Asia and Europe applying the lessons learned to their own unique set of challenges.
‘I’m really proud of our team that have worked on this solution. We are now positioned with NASA, and the FAA (Federal aviation Administration) to be setting regulatory expectations across the globe.” Jon said.
“The field of entrants for the 2018 AFR Most Innovative Companies list is the highest quality we have seen in seven years of judging the list. Making the 2018 list is a massive achievement and signals that the organisation is not only producing highly impactful innovations, but also has a sustainable approach to growth.” Dr Amantha Imber, CEO Inventium said.
The Australian Financial Review Most Innovative Companies list (previously the BRW Most Innovative Companies list) is now in its seventh year. The list ranks the most innovative organisations in Australia and New Zealand, and is the only national, cross-industry list of its kind. The list is judged and compiled by Inventium – Australia’s leading innovation consultancy. Inventium uses a unique, scientifically proven approach to help organisations grow through innovation. In 2018, the list comprised of a Top 100, compiled from over 1000 nominations. www.mostinnovative.com.au
Nova Group acts as the parent company for international technology enabler Nova Systems, civil aerospace engineering firm GVH Aerospace, Geospatial firm Geoplex, and software as a service firm two10degrees.
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Jim Whalley appointed patron of the South Australian Aviation Museum
Jun 3, 2018
Nova Systems is delighted to announce that Co-founder and Chairman, Jim Whalley has accepted the appointment of Patron of the South Australian Aviation Museum.
The South Australian Aviation Museum (SAAM), founded in 1984, has a strong history in historic aircraft displays and restorations, holding several engine run and open cockpit days for aviation enthusiasts and historians throughout the year.
Succeeding the Honourable Alexander Downer AC as Patron, Jim will become the fourth Patron since the museum was founded.
‘I’m delighted and honoured to take on the appointment of Patron of the museum. The SAAM plays a significant role in the ongoing celebration of South Australia’s Aviation history’ Jim Whalley said
A former air force fighter pilot and test pilot with over 6,000 flying hours on more than 40 aircraft types, Jim is a graduate of the RAF Empire Test Pilots’ School and holds an MBA from the University of Adelaide and a BSc from the University of NSW.
Jim is active in several business forums and is a director of the Adelaide Festival of Arts, American Chamber of Commerce in Australia, and Australian Naval Infrastructure; and is a member of the Sir Ross & Sir Keith Smith Fund Advisory Board, the Defence Innovation Steering group and the Council of the University of South Australia.
David Byrne, President of the South Australian Aviation Museum said ‘We are delighted to have Jim as Patron of the Museum and I offer my thanks to the Honourable Alexander Downer AC for his valuable patronage, particularly for his facilitation of the acquisition of our Aermacchi MB-326H aircraft in 2004.’
As an avid aviation enthusiast Jim retains a strong personal interest in aviation as a civilian pilot and flies, flight tests and displays a range of antique, warbird and experimental aircraft and helicopters in his spare time, including piloting his CAC Boomerang regularly in air shows and displays across South Australia, most recently with a flyover during 2018 ANZAC Day Remembrance Day celebrations.
Jim holds a number of aircraft qualifications including F/A-18 Hornet, BAe Hawk T Mk 1, Macchi MB 326 H, Pilatus PC-9, Sepecat Jaguar, Hawker Hunter, Aero L39, Aermacchi S211, Beech 200 King Air, DHC-4 Caribou, BAC 1-11, HS Andover, Cessna 150, C172, C182, C210, CT4-A, Piper Lance, Piper Saratoga, Piper Arrow, Piper Chieftain, Beech 36 Bonanza, Beech 55/58 Baron, Beech 18, Robin 2160, Pitts S2A, DH-82 Tiger Moth, DHC-1 Chipmunk, NA T-6 Harvard, Robinson R-22, Schweizer H269, Bell 47, SA 341 Gazelle.
Nova Systems – Australian owned and operated International technology enabler, successfully assisting clients to deliver and support highly complex capabilities and systems. With over 500 specialist consultants through Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Norway and the UK, Nova Systems is one of Australia’s largest privately-owned Defence and Aerospace Professional Service Providers.
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South Australian Aviation Museum
NOVA GROUP NAMED AMONGST AUSTRALIA'S MOST INNOVATIVE COMPANIES
Sep 21, 2017
Nova Group has again been listed amongst Australia’s Most Innovative Companies list for the fifth time in six years.
Listed at #41, Nova Group were praised for:
“Unleashing the economic and community benefits of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) across Australia – The Nova Group developed an approach to permit multiple UAVs to operate simultaneously in the same airspace. We balanced commercial complexity to the risk of the operations and proved safety through flight trials. This allowed the regulator to allow out of sight operations for the market using The Nova Group’s new approach.”
Find the full list here: 50 Most Innovative Companies
NOVA GROUP LISTED IN AFR TOP 500 PRIVATELY OWNED COMPANIES
Sep 7, 2017
Nova Group has again been listed in the Australian Financial Review, Top 500 Private Companies List.
Listed at #438, the Group showed a 27.3% increase in revenue from 2016 to climb 25 positions.
Nova Group acts as the parent company for professional services provider Nova Systems, civil aerospace engineering firm GVH Aerospace, integrated communications specialists Auspace, Geospatial firm Geoplex, and software as a service firm two10degrees.