Once he realised the inadequacy of human power, he turned his attention to the flight of birds. Thus then, within a short time, he discovered that birds rely less on beating their wings than on the exploitation of air currents and winds. He examined how birds, when struck by air currents, manage to keep their balance by moving their wings and tails. He also made anatomical studies of bird wings, learning how they were able to use their wings as brakes. Eventually his investigations led to a decision to substitute sail-flight projects for flapping-wing machines.
Leonardo sketched several types of flying machines: helical wing, beating wings, parachute, and bat’s wings. Though real life trial and error Da Vinci learned the difficulty of realising his great dream of flying in a machine powered by human propulsion, and turned his talents toward the problem of gliding flight.
Ian M Tait – Executive Director
Ian commenced his aviation insurance career in 1977 with an international broking company and during that time he obtained experience overseas in the London and South African markets. He became the National Aviation Insurance manager in Australia for this company prior to establishing his own aviation insurance broking company in 1983. His business was purchased by the Australian Aviation Underwriting Pool in 1988 and he was appointed Queensland Manager of the Australian Aviation Underwriting Pool.
Ian returned to broking in 1993 when Aviation Insurance Brokers of Australia was established at Archerfield Airport. The company has since grown to the largest Australian owned and independent aviation insurance broker under his management.
Ian holds a private pilots licence with a command instrument rating and has owned a fleet of single and multi-engine aircraft which gives him an acute insight into the operation and ownership of an aviation business. He currently owns a Cessna 182RG and Piper Super Cub. Ian is a qualified Aviation Insurance Broker and a Fellow of the National Insurance Brokers Association of Australia as well as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Managers & Leaders and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Clayton Stephens – Broker
Clayton has a wealth of experience in the aviation industry. After obtaining his Commercial Pilots Licence (Helicopter), Clayton spent eight years flying R22, R44 and Bell 206 Jetranger helicopters, and has held the positions of Operations Manager for a flight school and Head of Aircraft Airworthiness and Maintenance Control looking after a fleet of seven helicopters and eight fixed wing aircraft.
In 2020 Clayton joined Aviation Insurance Brokers and quickly qualified as an ASIC accredited Tier 1 Advisor, specialising in fixed wing and rotor wing insurance and risk management.
Mark Williams – Technical Adviser
Mark commenced his broking service industry career in 1981 and has specialised in the aviation insurance market since 2001. His experience has encompassed all facets of aviation, from airports, air traffic control, airlines (international and domestic), MROs, ground handlers, regional aircraft operators, aviation refuellers to general aviation.
Mark has joined the team to provide technical and advisory support and enhance the professionalism offered by AIBA to its clients and other members of the aviation community.
Mark completed his Diploma of Financial Services in 2002.