Just like the genius visionary Da Vinci, and his innovative approach to all things in life and his ability to look and discover beyond the convention of his time, we at Aviation Insurance Australia are flying a similar pattern with the way we approach our business. This is why we use Da Vinci’s wings as part of our branding and logo.
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.
Aviation Insurance Brokers Australia Pty Ltd was established in 1993, and is owned by Ian Tait who has over 40 years in the aviation insurance business.
Ian M Tait – Managing 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 forming 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 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 Management and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has a MBA and is presently studying a post graduate course in Aviation Risk Management through RMIT University.
Chris J Stainer – Senior Broker
Chris commenced his involvement in aviation insurance at Lloyd’s of London working for an Aviation specialist Syndicate in 1986 where he worked for 5 years before a sabbatical year doing extensive travel and work throughout Asia and America. Upon return to the U.K. Chris worked for 3 years with the British Aviation Insurance Group, prior to moving to Australia. He joined the aviation division of a multi national insurance broker based in Brisbane, prior to commencing with Aviation Insurance Australia in 1998.
During his time at Archerfield, Chris has carried out flying training with a local flying school. He is a Qualified Professional Insurance Broker accredited by the National Insurance Brokers Association, being at Licensee level in the company.
Chris has undertaken post graduate studies with University of Queensland and has attained his Graduate Certificate in Business Administration.
Sara Smith – Broker
Sara started with Aviation Insurance Brokers in 2009 and holds a Bachelor of Business with a double major in Management and Human Resource Management from James Cook University.
She has worked in aviation in one form or another for the majority of her working career, including 8 years employment with a general aviation airline based in Cairns that serviced the Cape York and Torres Strait communities. During this time she moved to Townsville to open and manage their new remote base. She has also worked for a major operator in the ‘Fly In, Fly Out’ service industry.
Sara is an ASIC accredited Tier 1 Advisor and completed her Diploma of Financial Services in 2013.
Davit Tait – Broker
David has been around and interested in aviation since early childhood, and with the completion of his private pilot’s license in 2012 at Archerfield Airport, David joined Aviation Insurance Brokers to continue his passion in aviation.
Since commencing with Aviation Insurance Brokers David has qualified as an ASIC accredited Tier 1 Advisor and holds a Diploma of Financial Services. David also continues to extend his knowledge of the sky by having obtained his UAS controllers license and tail wheel endorsement.
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.