Home' Defence Magazine : Issue 2 2015 Contents Left: Hugh Hyland with his
Secretary’s Award for Long Service.
Below: Hugh receives his award
from Head of Maritime Systems
Rear Admiral Mark Purcell, RAN.
Photos: Able Seaman Chantell Bianchi
Issue 2 2015 Defence
E MAY no longer wear the uniform but Mark
Wade is still very much part of the Air Force
team. As Director of Aviation Certification
at the Directorate General Technical
Airworthiness – ADF, Mark was honoured to
receive the latest Air Force APS Team Member of the Year
The award recognises an APS employee who exemplifies
both the APS and Air Force Values and acknowledges an
outstanding contribution to the Air Force team.
Mark received the award for enhancing the delivery of air
power to the Australian Government, and playing a pivotal role
in fostering the reputation of Air Force in both the Defence
and wider community.
Mark says his Directorate’s work makes an essential
contribution to capability through safety, focusing on “the
initial airworthiness of manned aircraft, unmanned aircraft and
ships’ aviation facilities”.
“We define standards for the design of these systems, guide
project offices through the process of accepting a new design,
and then confirm that the design is safe. We ensure risk is well
characterised from a technical perspective so that Defence can
make well-informed risk treatment decisions,” he says.
Remotely piloted aircraft are an example.
“No airworthiness authority in the world – civil or military
has yet defined a long-term approach to managing unmanned
aerial systems’ airworthiness, which means we’re constantly
breaking new ground,” he says.
Mark joined the Air Force in 1984 and was posted to RAAF
Base Pearce, where he attained a Bachelor of Electronic
Engineering degree at Curtin University.
Over 15 years in the Air Force he reached the rank of
squadron leader, and managed a variety of technical areas
before joining the APS in 1999.
The Director General of Technical Airworthiness, Air
Commodore James Hood, is delighted Mark won the award,
saying he exemplifies both APS and Air Force values.
“He works in a demanding area that is not widely
understood. The work his team does is essential to delivering
on capability and safety,” James says.
Mark says the award reflects the quality of the “great bunch
of people” he works with.
Forging a career at the
cutting edge of safety
Mark Wade with
his team and
his Air Force
Member of the
Photo: Robert Palmer
He says his work keeps him young, with
everyday duties requiring him to regularly board
ships and submarines, and negotiate vertical
ladders, heights and confined spaces.
“I cannot put my qualifications and
experience on a shelf to gather dust; working
keeps me mentally and physically fit,” he says.
“I like working around ships and I feel the
RAN could benefit from my ongoing service.”
Friends and colleagues joined Hugh in
Sydney, where the head of Maritime Systems,
Rear Admiral Mark Purcell, presented him with
a wood-grain clock and certificate in a matching
Deputy Director Naval Architecture
Geoff Wilhelm has worked alongside Hugh for
25 years and was happy to see him receive the
“Hugh Hyland is one of those rare naval
architects who has devoted his working life to
providing engineering support to the RAN. His
engineering knowledge is highly valued by his
work colleagues, who have much to learn from
his experience,” Geoff says.
Having studied naval architecture,
mechanical engineering and engineering
science, Hugh has worked on repairing many
classes of RAN vessels, including HMAS
Torrens after grounding, and installing two
close-in weapons systems on HMAS Brisbane
before its deployment to the Gulf.
“One of the many memorable moments of
my career was spending three days on board
HMAS Torrens, conducting successful sea trials
after repairing the damaged ship,” Hugh says.
Hugh was also the Resident RAN Engineer
in France and has worked in engineering and
naval architectural roles in Australia.
He has no plans to retire yet, which means
his skills and experience – influenced by
mentors trained during World War II – will
continue to be passed on to young engineers and
Flight Lieutenant Baz Bardoe
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