Captain Cronin is one of Australia’s most experienced helicopter pilots and instructors. He also has extensive experience in the general aviation industry and has logged over 10,000 flying hours throughout his 42-year career. He holds the record of being the countries longest continuous serving helicopter Chief Pilots and helicopter Chief Flying Instructors in Australia.
Captain Cronin has had first hand involvement in pilot training syllabus development to all licence and rating levels and has been an adviser to the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) on safety and training issues. The instructor and check and training pilot refresher courses initiated and presented by Captain Cronin have received recognition from CASA for consistently producing above average results in pilot licence training.
Captain Cronin is a delegated Flight Testing Officer (1986-Current) for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia. In this role he has flight testing approval for all flight crew licences and rating for both aeroplanes and helicopters. He currently holds the highest qualification available in Australia for CASA.
Captain Cronin also holds a diploma in Air Traffic Services, achieved through his services to the CASA in the late seventies.
Captain Cronin’s flying experience ranges from flying single piston engine helicopters and aeroplanes through to multi engine instrument flying in both jet aeroplanes and helicopters.
As Managing Director and founding owner Captain Cronin has lead Kestrel on a sustainable development path to today being on of Australia’s most capable helicopter firefighting companies with a record of continuous innovation and leadership in the field. With over 27 years of contracted service to both National and State agencies Kestrel holds a privileged position in the industry. In January 2018 Kestrel Aviation became the first Australian owned helicopter company to obtain night firebombing trials approval in co-operation with CASA which moved to live fire in March 2018 in conjunction with Emergency Management Victoria and the Country Fire Authority. The successful outcome of these trials has now reached full maturity with Kestrel holding an unrestricted night firebombing approval from CASA.
Thanks for your support and the rest of Tangent Link at the event. As a sponsor we felt valued and believed we made a valuable contribution to the conference delegates. The demonstration was a great way to show exhibitor’s products as well as giving a more comprehensive understanding of new concepts and systems. Well done team.
The networking opportunities were fantastic, well worth delegates and trade exhibitors. Static and Dynamic demonstrations were well organised and a highlight of the conference.
The conference went absolutely very well for us, it was interesting and useful. We enjoyed every moment, both of professional networking and the excellent atmosphere of communication between colleagues, the people who speak in the same ‘firefighting’ language. Your team is incredible.”
Once again the Tangent Link Team put on a premier event, offering fantastic information presentation and unparalleled networking opportunities for aerial firefighting.
One of the best industry specific events I have attended with key decision making persons in attendance.