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Avlaw Founding Director Ron Bartsch awarded an Order of Australia (AO)

We are proud to announce that Avlaw Chairman & Founding Director Ron Bartsch was awarded an Order of Australia (AO) in the recent 2021 Australia Day Honours List.

The Order of Australia recognises Australians who have demonstrated outstanding service or exceptional achievement to Australia or to humanity at large. It was established on 14 February 1975 by Elizabeth II. 

As his profile details, Ron has extensive experience in the fields of aviation law, safety and compliance and is considered one of the world-leading experts on these subjects. His distinguished flying career was spent as Chief Pilot and Chief Flying Instructor, where he amassed 7000+ hours in aircraft ranging from Cessnas though to the Boeing 717-200. His past roles include working with airlines (Qantas) and regulators on aviation and drone strategy and policy. He is also the principal author of a number of publications on Aviation Law in Australia and International Aviation Law. Ron is also a Senior Lecturer and Senior Visiting Fellow at UNSW.

He also recently appeared on the Al-Jazeera news network, contributing his views on Qantas’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Another aviator, former RAAF pilot, air accident investigator and flying instructor Queensland’s Sam Todhunter was also awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the 2021 list. 

You can read more about Ron’s career on his professional profile on LinkedIn.


Auditing and Compliance

As a highly respected provider of specialised aviation advisory services across Australasia we work with a diverse range of clients across multiple sectors. 

This expertise covers technical, operational and regulatory perspectives for airport and flight operations, airspace management as well as aviation and drone strategy and policy. The aim is to assist our clients achieve world best practice safety and compliance systems and for this, we are generally regarded as one of Australia’s most experienced rotary operational and regulatory specialists.

Our range of aviation consultancy services includes but is not limited to:

  • Aviation Safety Audits and quality management system reviews
  • Operational reviews (government departments, resource and mining)
  • Governance and operational reviews of aerodromes


Our consultancy for the construction sector covers a wide range of technical inputs, including providing stakeholder liaison, permanent and temporary penetrations of prescribed airspace, safety cases for building and crane activity, regulatory approvals for crane activity, technical assessment of crane activity on aircraft operations. 

Clients in the construction sector include Lendlease, Crown Resorts, Meriton and Built to name just a few.  


Our specialist technical and regulatory advice for airlines includes reviewing and assessing if performance capabilities align with current/future Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) regulatory requirements, as well as conducting reviews of due diligence and Safety Management Systems and developing Aviation Operations Specifications (AOS). 

We also develop and deliver training programs for airline staff who have regulatory and safety duties and responsibilities, providing participants with the skills and knowledge to meet their regulatory compliance and safety responsibilities as defined under Australian and International civil aviation law. Foreign airlines looking to attain an Australian Foreign Air Transport Aircraft Operator’s Certificate (FATAOC) and gain aviation security approvals for air services in Australia also draw on our expertise to achieve these. 

Clients in the aviation sector include Qantas, Virgin Airlines, Regional Express Airlines and Tiger Airways.

Mining and Resources

Our consultancy for the mining and resource sector includes conducting audits against the Basic Aviation Risk Standard (BARS) in support of the mining and resources sector; and to determine the suitability of airport/aerodromes for certification, as well as operational reviews for Aviation Service Providers. 

Clients in the mining and resources sector include Oil Search, South32, MMJV and Talisman Energy.

Law Firms

We are regularly requested by law firms to act as Subject Matter Experts and/or to provide reports providing an opinion for a wide range of aircraft operations. Our Aviation Expert Witness service is a unique offering for law firms seeking specialist aviation advice for legal matters.

Tertiary Institutions

Since 2011 Avlaw Aviation Consulting has been commissioned by Swinburne University to develop, facilitate and continuously update specialist aviation postgraduate programs. The courses developed cover a diverse range of topics and include Airline Operations Management; Aviation Law and Air Transport Issues; and Aviation Environmental Issues. All courses were specifically tailored to complement the existing post-graduate program and to ensure a consistent style and format for online delivery. Avlaw Aviation Consulting continues to support these courses with the provision of aviation specialist lawyers and facilitators.

Government Department

We provide specialist support to a range of government departments including detailed analysis, assessment and gap analysis of regulatory regimes, and examining and making safety standard recommendations to the Civil Aviation Authority Australia (CASA) and the Office of Airspace Regulation (OAR). 

Government entities we have provided consultancy services to include the Civil Aviation Authority Australia (CASA), the Department of Defence (DOD) the Queensland Government, Austrade, Department of Health NT, DELWP, NSW RFS and DCIS. 

Make sure you speak to us about your next Aviation Project, to take advantage of our specialised aviation advisory expertise and regulatory knowledge.