Key Staff

David Howe BEng (Aero), MEng (Aero)

Managing Director

David Howe completed his Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering at RMIT University in 1994 and a Masters in Aerospace Engineering in 1998 in the area of inverse aircraft loads estimation using optimisation and finite element modelling techniques. In 1994 David worked for ASTA Aircraft Services designing repairs for Boeing aircraft. During 1995, he performed air combat system modelling contract support for the Australian Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO). In January 1997, David returned to DSTO as a contractor where he has since been extensively involved in the dynamic modelling of helicopters on ships as well as helicopter simulation fidelity assessment using ADS-33 handling qualities criteria. He has gained experience in the development of ship simulation models and more recently been responsible for the development of a new high fidelity helicopter - slung load simulation capability. In 2005, he led the development of a real time simulation tool, the Maritime Helicopter Aid (MHA) as part of a Commonwealth sponsored Capability Technology Program (CTD). This was successfully developed and tested.


Rob Curtin BEng (Aero), MSc (Flight Dynamics)

Director / Head of Aerospace Systems

Rob Curtin completed his Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering at RMIT University in 1991. He then served as an Engineering Officer in the RAAF, ultimately as a flight test engineer at the Aircraft Research & Development Unit. His post-graduate studies at Cranfield involved research into thrust vectoring flight control. Rob had a number of aircraft systems engineering roles within Defence and commercial industry, with projects including conceptual design work for Eurofighter Typhoon and flight control testing for the Fairchild-Dornier 728. Subsequently, as an aerospace consultant, he worked with the Australian Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group to define and grow its flight modelling and simulation capabilities. He has also worked with the Australian Antarctic Division on aviation requirements for the future Icebreaker. In 2012, Rob joined AVT as Head of Aerospace Systems and in 2013 was appointed to the board as an executive director. He continues to support DST in tasks involving capability analysis, air operations research, unmanned aircraft, flight dynamics and performance assessment.


Lyndon Caine BEng (Aero)

Test Pilot / Engineer

Lyndon Caine completed his Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering at RMIT University in 1993. In 1994, Lyndon began service in the RAAF as a pilot, going on to fly the F/A-18 Hornet. In 2001, he undertook flight test training at the Empire Test Pilot School in the UK. Lyndon went on to manage several ADF projects and test flew various aircraft and weapon systems at the RAAF’s Aircraft Research and Development Unit before returning to an F/A-18 Squadron as a Flight Commander in 2004. Since 2003, Lyndon has been involved in the development of the Hammerhead VSTOL UAV. In 2007, Lyndon provided engineering support for the modelling of helicopters on ship decks for DSTO. In 2007, Lyndon commenced flying for Cathay.