Bill has been a member of the NQAC since the early 1980’s, initially joining the club to undertake training to CPL standard, he completed the Commercial Theory with the Club in 1981, however given the lack of job prospects in the Aviation Industry at that time he entered the Financial Services Industry initially as a Life Insurance salesman with the former AMP Society.

He currently owns and operates two Financial Services entities, Bill Owen Insurance Brokers Pty Ltd and Freedom Planning Pty Ltd a Financial Planning Practice both business’s based in Cairns.

Bill has been club President on 2 other occasions from 1989 -1993 and 2009 – 2012 and has served a total of 12 years (off and on) as a Director of the club.

Bill was made a Life Member in 2012, one of his proudest moments in the years associated with the club.

He has a PPL, CPL and a Command SE Instrument rating and owns both a Bonanza VH-WBO and a Mooney VH-SGJ.

As an anecdote, Bill completed his Commercial Pilot’s License with the Club during 2008, some 27 years after first starting it, and thereby proving his mother wrong in saying that he had a habit of starting things and not finishing them!