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.
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Adam Schirmer – Marketing and Communications Manager
David Byrne – President
South Australian Aviation Museum
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