Matt Hall is a unique story of an ordinary man doing extraordinary things.
A retired Wing Commander Fighter Pilot in RAAF, he is a combat veteran of Iraq, with USAF medals for heroism under fire in his F-15E, supporting troops on the ground.
Matt is a highly credentialed and skilled fighter pilot – he was once the RAAF’s Fighter Pilot of the Year - with nearly 2000 F/A-18 Hornet hours, over 500 hours in the F-15E Strike Eagle, including combat, who ranked at the top of his class in every military flying course he ever undertook
In 2009, following a decorated career as a RAAF combat fighter pilot, Australia’s very own top gun became the first Australian ever to compete in the Red Bull Air Race World Championships, the fastest and most exciting sport on the planet.
Matt finished the season third overall to become the first rookie in history to end his debut season on the podium. Not bad for a normal kid growing up on a NSW central coast farm being told “…you can’t…”.
He has since won four rounds of the Red Bull Air Race World Championships and finished runner-up in the world title standings twice. In 2017 he will strive to become Australia’s first ever air race world champion.
Matt is an experienced speaker who specialises on his core strengths of Goal Setting (short, medium and long term), Risk Management (in all areas of life from getting shot at to career changing decisions), and Prioritisation (time management).
He is able to convey his story of humble beginnings, but setting unimaginable goals then pushing himself hard to exceed them. A highly self-disciplined individual, Matt is respected for his ability to communicate with people at all levels and is greatly admired for his focus under pressure and leadership qualities. He is an outstanding motivator and is a popular public speaker, mentor and role model.
Matt Hall is a fantastic story of a very proud Aussie who always looks forward and now says, “…I can and I will…”.
He is also a loving husband and family man.
Dreams – It is Matt’s belief that people have forgotten how to Dream BIG. It nearly happened to him. He grew up believing he was going to be a pilot, though the closer he came to leaving school, the more he was steered toward a ‘normal’ career. It was through a chance meeting with an old Spitfire pilot, that some words were said that changed the way Mat viewed the world…and still does. Matt shares this story on “potential not used is wasted forever”.
Goals – Matt fully realises that big dreams are daunting, and easily dismissed. He has had many large Dreams…becoming a pilot as a teenager, becoming a fighter pilot, flying the F 15E, becoming an Air Race Pilot. All of these were achieved against unbelievable odds, and Matt did it with his “small stepping stones”, or goals. Matt uses his story to show how the impossible becomes reality one step at a time.
Team Building – Matt has managed teams from Fighter Squadrons to an International Race Team, and fully appreciates the importance of a good team. He was milliseconds away from catastrophe a number of times in his career, and it generally came down to him and his team fighting for survival…surviving a hostile environment can only be done with great support.
Risk Management – Think there’s risk in your job? Well there is. Think there’s risk in your day to day, everyday life? Well there definitely is. Matt has operated in risky situations most of his life but he has developed a mindset and skillset to mitigate the risk and know when too much risk is enough. It’s a fine line between managed risk for reward and risk that is destined to fail. Let him apply his risk mitigation methods to your business and staff practices.
Rebounding from Adversity – Matt has lost many friends in aviation accidents, has been shot at in Combat, nearly crashed an aircraft while racing, and had numerous close calls….and he keeps coming back better and stronger each time. You’ll figure it out when you listen to the way he looks at life…run with risk, always have an out, learn from all errors and keep looking forward.
ADD IN A FLIGHT EXPERIENCE:
See the world as Matt sees it. Every person has had a dream in their life where they could defy gravity and levitate to wherever they choose. Matt does this everyday, and now there is an opportunity to experience this with him and understand what looks impossible from one perspective, is completely achievable and safe from another. You will dress like Matt in a Race Suit then strap into the most manoeuvrable 2 seat aircraft in Australia, Matts 2 seat Race Plane! You will get to see snippets from Matt’s entire aviation career in one flight. He will show you the basics of how he started flying, and then progress to combat manoeuvres, Unlimited aerobatic manoeuvres, and culminate in a Race
Simulation (Hot Lap!). All this in the most action packed 20 minutes you will ever experience. Lucky you get to keep a video!