AA staff & contributors

Christian ‘Boo’ Boucousis

Christian Boucousis
Publisher

After a 10-year career as a fighter pilot in the Royal Australian Air Force, Boo’s subsequent business career has seen him build multi-million dollar businesses. A published author, he is an in-demand high performance business coach and speaker.

 
 

Gerard Frawley

Gerard Frawley

Gerard Frawley
Managing Editor

Gerard has been Australian Aviation‘s managing editor since March 2005.

Still at heart the kid who loved planes who as a 10 year kept cuttings of aviation newspaper and magazine articles in his scrapbook, Gerard still counts himself fortunate to have landed at Australian Aviation. Gerard joined Australian Aviation in 1992 as a cadet journalist.

Gerard was awarded the National Aviation Press Club’s Aviation Journalist of the Year for 2007 and again for 2013, the 2013 judging panel recognising him as “one of the industry’s most prolific writers through the pages of Australian Aviation, Australian Defence Business Review and a variety of other publications including this year’s Avalon Airshow daily magazine. Under Gerard’s direction, Australian Aviation continues to set a global benchmark for a well-balanced aerospace magazine, more so under a recent revamp. Gerard’s writing, his news sense, his in-depth knowledge of the industry and his nurturing of young talent have earned him the respect of many in the aviation sector, from his colleagues and peers to industry leaders.”

 

Jordan Chong

Jordan Chong

Jordan Chong
News Editor

Jordan joined Australian Aviation in July 2014 and has responsibility for daily news content on australianaviation.com.au as well as the magazine’s Debrief news section.

Previously, Jordan spent six years at Australian Associated Press, primarily as aviation reporter, but also covered media, sport and economics. He began his journalism career at online publisher Sportal and completed his traineeship at The Age newspaper.

Career highlights include working as a radio commentator at the Australian Open tennis tournament and covering the 2012 London Olympics.

On the aviation front, Jordan has covered the QF32 engine failure emergency and the annual meetings of the International Air Transport Association.

In 2017, Jordan was awarded the Australasian Aviation Press Club’s Aviation Journalist of the Year.

 

Tom Ballantyne

Tom Ballantyne

Tom Ballantyne
Senior Contributor

Chief Correspondent of the Hong Kong-published Orient Aviation magazine, Tom Ballantyne has 40 years’ experience in international journalism. Born in Edinburgh and now an Australian citizen, he has worked for newspapers in the UK and Australia as well as operating as a war correspondent in Southern Africa in the 1970s.

Tom has covered the aviation industry for the last 25 years, writing for such publications as Airline Business and Australian Aviation. He is a regular commentator on aviation issues on television and radio in Australia, Asia, the Middle East and the United Kingdom.

The author of several travel books, Tom is regularly invited to be a speaker at aviation conferences and seminars.

 

 

Geoffrey Thomas

 

Geoffrey Thomas
Senior Contributor

Geoffrey Thomas has been commentating on the airline industry for nearly 40 years. The aviation editor of the West Australian newspaper, editor in chief of airlineratings.com and the author of five books on the industry, Geoffrey has written for Australian Aviation since 2005.

Geoffrey first became engrossed in the industry as a young child, when his uncle who was a chief engineer with Trans Australian Airlines allowed him to scramble over DC-6Bs and Viscounts.

Some awards have come his way – he was the National Aviation Press Club’s Aviation Journalist of the Year for 2001 and 2002 (and was runner-up in 2003). More recently in 2014 Geoffrey won ‘Best Safety, Training & Simulation’ story at the global Aviation Media Awards in London for his article ‘Coming Up Short’, which was published in the March 2014 edition of Australian Aviation. The article researched, with the University of Southern California, the complex pilot cultural factors surrounding the crash of an Asiana 777 at San Francisco in 2013. The award was presented at a gala dinner at the Royal Aeronautical Society headquarters ahead of the 2014 Farnborough Airshow.

Geoffrey has also featured in a number of TV investigative documentaries and is a regular commentator on Australian TV and radio.

Owen Zupp

Owen Zupp

 

Owen Zupp
Flying Editor

It’s no surprise that Owen found his way into aviation. His father had a diverse career that stretched from 201 fighter missions over Korea with the RAAF to the airlines and many and varied tasks in General Aviation. Entering the industry as a commercial pilot in 1987, Owen’s flying included charter work, flight instruction and ferry flights, spanning the Kimberleys to Micronesia.

Terms as a chief pilot, chief flying instructor and an approved test officer rounded off his time in GA before joining Ansett in 1994 as a First Officer on the 737.

Since the airline’s collapse he has flown with an international carrier and completed a Masters Degree in Aviation Management. His writings on aviation have been published both in Australia and abroad, covering subjects from the historic Southern Cross to satellite navigation.

Joining Australian Aviation in late 2005, Owen won the National Aviation Press Club’s Aviation Technical Story of the Year award in 2006 for his piece on ADS-B. His first book, Down to Earth, traces the combat experiences of a WW2 RAF pilot.

A keen cricketer and terrible golfer, Owen lives in the Southern Highlands with his wife, Kirrily and their three daughters and son.

Owen’s website: www.owenzupp.com

 

John Walton

John Walton

John Walton
Contributor

John Walton covers the passenger experience and writes Australian Aviation’s Cabin Pressure column.

Growing up shuttling around the world on Boeing 747-100 and -200 aircraft, John remembers with fondness the days when bored pilots and cabin crew didn’t mind an inquisitive teenager hanging around in cockpits and galleys asking questions.

He’s since developed his observations into a journalistic specialty covering cabin interiors, seating, connectivity, and premium class service.

A keen analyst of how developing tools can be applied to aviation news, John is at the forefront of social media in the aviation sector, broke the 2014 hijacking of flight ET702 on Twitter (@thatjohn), and continues to work at the bleeding edge of newsmaking.

Formerly resident in New York, London, Beijing and Wellington, John started writing about the Australian market in 2011 at Australian Business Traveller, where he was formerly deputy editor.

When not at the keyboard, John lives out of a suitcase, sings tenor in choirs on four continents, and adds languages to his “I speak this enough to get by while travelling” collection. He has a weakness for the A340-600, fully flat business class seats with direct aisle access, and Champagne from the Vallée de la Marne.

John welcomes email from readers to john@walton.travel, and discussion on Twitter: he’s @thatjohn.