Mark has over 20,000 flying hours. He made his first solo flight in an Auster at the age of 16. He joined the Royal Australian Navy as a pilot at 18 and after training, flew navy Macchi jets, HS748 transports, then Grumman 'Tracker' anti-submarine aircraft from the deck of the aircraft carrier, HMAS Melbourne. He then became a flying instructor and trained navy and air force pilots to fly the Macchi jet trainer. After the Hawke Labor government scrapped Australia's aircraft carrier capability, Mark transferred to the Royal Australian Air Force and continued to instruct on the Macchi, then trained pilots to fly the Lockheed 'Orion' long-range patrol aircraft.
With a desk job looming, Mark became an airline pilot in 1987, and flew Fokker Friendships, Fokker 50s and Boeing 737s with Ansett Australia until 1989, after which he left Australia to join Cathay Pacific Airways Limited in Hong Kong. There, he flew Boeing 747s then Airbus A330, A340 and A340-600s until taking the opportunity to be based back in Australia in 2006.
Currently, Mark flies Cathay Pacific Airbus A330s between Melbourne and Hong Kong and elsewhere, but he much prefers to be flying one of his three military trainers based at the Benalla Aviation Museum, Victoria, Australia. Mark is the owner and sole director of Military Air Training Heritage Pty Ltd.
Stephen began flying in 2002, and he worked his way up through General Aviation, including flying instructing, until he began flying for Regional Express (REX). He became a Training Captain on the SAAB 340 commuter turboprop aircraft. He is now a First Officer on Boeing 717 jet airliners, operating for QantasLink out of Hobart, Tasmania.
A 'warbird' enthusiast, he regularly flies the Winjeel and Nanchang at Benalla, including in formation flights with Mark Carr. In early 2015, He flew the Winjeel to the Avalon Air Show for static display. Stephen and his father Wayne are restoring their own Winjeel military trainer to 'as new' condition to fly.