Professor Ron Bartsch
Independent Director of Regional Express
Professor Ron Bartsch has extensive experience in aviation consulting and auditing having established Aviation Consultancy Services in 1986. With wide ranging operational and senior management and executive experience in the aviation industry, he has held positions of Head of Safety and Regulatory Compliance at Qantas Airways Pty Ltd and Manager of Air Transport Operations with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). Ron was admitted as a barrister to the High Court of Australia in 1993 and is considered one of the world leading authorities in aviation law. He holds a current Airline Transport License (ATPL) and is an aviation specialist and presiding member of the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT). Ron is a Director of Regional Express Holdings Limited, Chair of the Board Safety & Risk Management Committee, President Asia-Pacific RPAS Consortium and Chairman of UAS International. As an experienced pilot Ron has in excess of 7,000 flying hours and ratings on over 30 multi-engine aircraft types including command endorsements on the Beechjet and Boeing 717. He also has formal qualification in law, education, science and the arts and is currently undertaking PhD studies.
A former high school mathematics and science teacher, Ron has also served as a Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales for the past 20 years and is author of numerous publications including the best-selling Aviation Law in Australia (4th edition) and International Aviation Law: A Practical Guide also is the contributing author for the aviation title of Halsbury’s Laws of Australia. His latest co-publication Drones in Society was released in the UK in 2017.