Our Volunteer Board

President: Clifton Hefner     president@rqac.com.au

BSc Hons (Texas), GAICD

In the international oil & gas industry, Clif has served as a Senior Manager/Executive for operations and engineering activities.  He continues to provide management consulting services across a number of industries, and currently serves as a QUT Adjunct Professor teaching Project Management.  He has held leadership roles as a Director of Stanwell Corporation, President of the Brisbane Division of Australian-American Association, and Vice President of the Australian Federation of the Australian-American Association. He lives on, owns, and runs a small Charolais beef cattle stud in Sunshine Coast hinterland.  Clif’s love of aviation comes from being both a fixed and rotary wing pilot.

Clif’s love of aviation comes from being both a fixed and rotary wing pilot.

Vice President: John McDonald

John is proprietor and property manager of mcd Property Group, he is also a director of several other companies with operations in road Transport and property development.

He completed an engineering apprenticeship and is a pilot.

Secretary: Ian Tait     secretary@rqac.com.au


Ian has 35 years of technical, financial and management experience. He has held board roles on a number of aviation companies across Australia. He is a current pilot and has owned several aircraft.

Treasurer: Lisa Tait


Lisa is a qualified accountant & financial adviser and has operated her own practice for over 21 years. She is a fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants & holds her Public Practice licence with them.  She is also a Fellow of the Institute of Financial Accountants & a member of the National Tax & Accountants Association.  As a financial planner, she is a member of the Financial Planning Association of Australia and an Authorised Representative of Dover Financial Advisers.

She is a current pilot & has been an active member of the Formation Flying team at Archerfield for over 15 years.

Director: Captain Raymond Heiniger

Ray spent 37 years with QANTAS, including as a Boeing 747 captain, as Chief Pilot, Group General Manager Flight Operations and Director of Flight Training.

He is a current pilot and has owned several aircraft.

John is a pilot.

Director: Andrew Nacsa

AdvDip Avn

Andrew is a Grade 1 Flying Instructor and Charter Pilot and he has 20 years’ experience in the Aviation Industry. He has filled roles as Charter Manager, Aeromedical Pilot for the RFDS and both Deputy Chief Flying Instructor and Chief Flying Instructor at 3 Flying Schools at Archerfield. He was Head of Operations at the Airline Academy of Australia and is currently Deputy Head of Operations at Darling Downs Aero Club.

Director: David Tait

David is a passionate aviator having been involved in aviation as long as he can remember which includes washing aircraft. David holds a PPL he obtained at Archerfield  in 2012 and has continued to increase his knowledge and experience with numerous endorsements including tail wheel. He currently fly’s a Cessna182RG. David presently works in the aviation insurance industry in a senior role.

Director: Greg Burnett

Greg is an aviation enthusiast and has experience as a Board Member for various Queensland not-for-profit community organisations and he has extensive management and operational experience with several major Australian public and private companies in addition to businesses he has developed and operated. Father of Tim, 12 years old, who has recently commenced flying lessons.


Club Captain

Deni Keeshan     captain@rqac.com.au

Deni’s connection with Archerfield began as an official “Hangar Rat” sweeping hangar 1, washing airplanes and cadging rides as a 10-year-old. Her logbooks now include endorsements, ratings and aviation adventures from all over the world. She continues to spend a disproportionate amount of money ticking off her ever-increasing aviation bucket list. Her next flying adventure is competing in the Outback Air Race from Brisbane to Broome in August with her team the “YBAF BugSmashers” in support of the Royal Flying Doctors Service.

Deni also works in Government, is a director of the Brisbane Flying Group and chairs a not for profit supporting the SES.