Mr David Forsyth AM

BE(Aero, Hons UNSW), Grad Dip UNSW, FRAeS, FCILT 

Aviation Consultant

David has over 45 years working in the aviation industry, 34 of which were with Qantas, where he was Executive General Manager Aircraft Operations, responsible for all Flight Operations, Engineering & Maintenance. Prior to that, he was General Manager Regional Airlines and headed a number of Engineering Divisions. 

Since 2004, David has worked as an independent consultant and served on a number of Boards, including as Chairman of Airservices Australia, Chairman of Safeskies Conferences, Vice President of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (SE Section), Aviation Australia and President of the Royal Aeronautical Society Australian Division. 

A graduate of UNSW, David is currently an Adjunct Professor at the UNSW School of Aviation, Chairman of the Industry Advisory Panel and a member of the UNSW Faculty of Science Advisory Council. David is also a member of the Aviation Innovation Network Advisory Committee. 

In 2013/14 David was Chair of the Aviation Safety Regulation Review panel appointed by the Deputy Prime Minister. In 2013, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the aviation industry.