All Set for New GM
Archerfield Airport Corporation (AAC) has appointed Heather Mattes as the new General Manager of Archerfield Airport. Mrs Mattes’ appointment follows the recent retirement of former GM Corrie Metz, and is the first time a woman has led the operation and development of Brisbane’s metropolitan general aviation airport.
Heather is also a pilot and former National President of the Australian Women Pilots’ Association (AWPA). She gained her pilot’s licence in order to overcome a fear of flying, and has travelled extensively across Australia in her own light aircraft. Her three-year leadership of the AWPA saw membership build to more than 600 and the introduction of extensive scholarships in association with AirServices Australia and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.
For many years, Mrs Mattes also worked behind the scenes assisting her husband, Bill Mattes, the former CEO of the Aviation Safety Foundation Australia, to develop improved aviation safety systems. Mr Mattes is currently the Director of Safety and Quality Management at Queensland Government Air.