Adam Saddington

Born and raised in Newcastle Australia, Adam discovered his passion for flying when he saw a Cessna 152 that had force landed in his Grandfather’s farm paddock at the age of 5. In High School Adam was an Air Cadet and eventually studied Aeronatutical Engineering at the University of Sydney.

Adam’s first aviation job was as a Ground Service Officer for Ansett’s subsiduary Kendell Airlines. This position involved ground handling for SAAB 340, Metroliner 23, Twin Otter and Bombardier CRJ200 jet (which included pushback operations). Adam worked for Kendell Airlines up until the collapse of the Ansett group.

Adam’s flying began at Combined Aviation Services in Bankstown where he obatained his Commercial Pilots License, multi-engine instrument rating and frozen ATPL.

His first flying job was at Skydive Gloucester, a small town in central East New South Wales. He became senior pilot of the company and had the opportunity to fly national competing four way and swooping skydive teams.

His next position was as senior pilot at Skydive the beach Sydney, Australia’s 4th largest dropzone at the time flying the Piper Navajo. There he worked with the world base jumping champion and began his aerobatic flying in the YAK-52.

He then joined a charter and bank running (priority freight) company Wagga Air Centre. It provided his first exposure to FRMS and became the company’s senior base pilot at Bankstown airport.

Following Wagga Air Centre Adam needed to reach his dream of flying the Cessna Conquest II, and found the best example of that particular aircraft whilst working in central New South Wales. The company that operated that particular Conquest was Corporate Air, based in Canberra. The company’s main focus was the charter of Minister’s of Australian Parliament. With that the company also conducted search and rescue, aerial survey, RPT, executive charter and priority freight. Adam met Marty at Corporate Air, and Marty trained him on the Metroliner 23.

Marty and Adam decided two years later that Branson’s new airline V Australia was the next step to take in their aviation careers. Adam was employed as a First Officer on the 777-300ER. Marty introduced Adam to Ken at V, and together they have worked closely together since it’s inception in 2008.

Adam has a strong background and formal education in training, FRMS systems and CRM.

When Adam’s not flying, he lives an active life about two hours north of Sydney. He’s also a brilliant guitarist, singer and song-writer.