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Jim Whalley appointed patron of the South Australian Aviation Museum

Jun 3, 2018

Nova Systems is delighted to announce that Co-founder and Chairman, Jim Whalley has accepted the appointment of Patron of the South Australian Aviation Museum.

The South Australian Aviation Museum (SAAM), founded in 1984, has a strong history in historic aircraft displays and restorations, holding several engine run and open cockpit days for aviation enthusiasts and historians throughout the year.

Succeeding the Honourable Alexander Downer AC as Patron, Jim will become the fourth Patron since the museum was founded.

I’m delighted and honoured to take on the appointment of Patron of the museum. The SAAM plays a significant role in the ongoing celebration of South Australia’s Aviation history’ Jim Whalley said

A former air force fighter pilot and test pilot with over 6,000 flying hours on more than 40 aircraft types, Jim is a graduate of the RAF Empire Test Pilots’ School and holds an MBA from the University of Adelaide and a BSc from the University of NSW.

Jim is active in several business forums and is a director of the Adelaide Festival of Arts, American Chamber of Commerce in Australia, and Australian Naval Infrastructure; and is a member of the Sir Ross & Sir Keith Smith Fund Advisory Board, the Defence Innovation Steering group and the Council of the University of South Australia.

David Byrne, President of the South Australian Aviation Museum said ‘We are delighted to have Jim as Patron of the Museum and I offer my thanks to the Honourable Alexander Downer AC for his valuable patronage, particularly for his facilitation of the acquisition of our Aermacchi MB-326H aircraft in 2004.’

As an avid aviation enthusiast Jim retains a strong personal interest in aviation as a civilian pilot and flies, flight tests and displays a range of antique, warbird and experimental aircraft and helicopters in his spare time, including piloting his CAC Boomerang regularly in air shows and displays across South Australia, most recently with a flyover during 2018 ANZAC Day Remembrance Day celebrations.

Jim holds a number of aircraft qualifications including F/A-18 Hornet, BAe Hawk T Mk 1, Macchi MB 326 H, Pilatus PC-9, Sepecat Jaguar, Hawker Hunter, Aero L39, Aermacchi S211, Beech 200 King Air, DHC-4 Caribou, BAC 1-11, HS Andover, Cessna 150, C172, C182, C210, CT4-A, Piper Lance, Piper Saratoga, Piper Arrow, Piper Chieftain, Beech 36 Bonanza, Beech 55/58 Baron, Beech 18, Robin 2160, Pitts S2A, DH-82 Tiger Moth, DHC-1 Chipmunk, NA T-6 Harvard, Robinson R-22, Schweizer H269, Bell 47, SA 341 Gazelle.


Nova Systems – Australian owned and operated International technology enabler, successfully assisting clients to deliver and support highly complex capabilities and systems. With over 500 specialist consultants through Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Norway and the UK, Nova Systems is one of Australia’s largest privately-owned Defence and Aerospace Professional Service Providers.


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Adam Schirmer – Marketing and Communications Manager

Nova Systems


David Byrne – President

South Australian Aviation Museum


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Nova Systems exhibits at Frontier 4.0

May 25, 2018

Nova Systems, UniSA and PTC have come together to exhibit a Digital technology and Augmented Reality showcase at Frontier 4.0 conference and exhibition at the National Wine Centre, Adelaide South Australia, TUESDAY 29 MAY & WEDNESDAY 30 MAY.

This not to be missed event will demonstrate, share and discuss innovative practices being implemented by infrastructure experts and leaders from around the globe and progress industry 4.0 practices, with a key focus on digital engineering, reality capture techniques, augmented reality and virtual reality.

THIS FREE EVENT brought to you by Enerven, SA Power Networks and Partners will highlight stories and experiences on how technologies have been used in everyday engineering.

Global speakers will present case studies along with interactive demonstrations and panels in a casual environment, which will be brimming with all of the top gadgets being used, and some future technology not yet on the market.

Find out more information here

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MSP Industry Engagement Sessions

May 21, 2018

The CASG Major Service Providers are looking forward to meeting with Industry for information sessions to be held across Australia.

Each of the sessions will be attended by all four MSPs together with Commonwealth Program Management Office staff. The sessions will provide a range of information including how the MSP concept works, how to engage with an MSP, what to expect, the likely opportunities, and the role played by the Commonwealth PMO.


ADELAIDE MSP Industry Information Session

BRISBANE MSP Industry Information Session

For more information regarding Nova Systems involvement as a CASG Major Service Provider, visit here, or contact

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Media Release | Nova Systems Supports the new Australian Space Agency

May 16, 2018

Nova Systems welcomes the announcement of an Australian Space Agency and its mandate to grow space industry in Australia.

A national effort to nurture the space industry will enable jobs in this fast-growing business sector and support development of sovereign capabilities that can benefit defence, homeland security, and other markets.

Nova acknowledges the excellent work of the Expert Review Group and their report and urges support of the recommendations of their recently delivered report. Chairman of the Nova Group, Mr. Jim Whalley, said “We congratulate Dr. Megan Clark, head of the Expert Review Group, on a very high-quality report, and on being named as the first head of the Australian Space Agency. Her leadership will be profoundly influential in getting the agency off on a good start.”

The new agency will focus on international partnerships and industry seed funding. “It will be good to see Australia take its place at the table in the global space community,” Mr. Whalley added. “This is a great day for Australia.”

Nova Systems is a Professional Service Provider, specialising in the provision of engineering and management services, providing industry and government with world class independent expertise in delivering complex projects and solving technologically challenging problems.


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Adam Schirmer

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Nova Systems Exhibits at APPEA 2018

May 14, 2018

Nova Systems will exhibit at the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association Conference and Exhibition in Adelaide Australia 14-17 May 2018.

As the voice of the Australia Oil and Gas industry, APPEA’s conference theme is set as ‘Resilient Business – Success in the New Energy Market’.

Come past to view the Nova Systems innovative stand at #29, to find out how Nova Systems, and key technology partners are solving the problems that really matter, by helping clients win the digital
transformation race

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