From Maybe to Mainstream Conference
(Realising Drone Potential)

Wednesday 17 June - Thursday 18 June
Wednesday 0900-1700
Thursday 0900-1600
This event is open and complimentary to ROTORTECH 2020 trade visitors, exhibitors and conference delegates.
Click here to register and make your expression of interest to attend (please note that your expression of interest does not guarantee you a place; Numbers at the ROTORTECH 2020 complimentary conferences are limited and spaces are not guaranteed. Attendance is subject to availability and is on a first come, first served basis).
Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane

Drone technologies are rapidly becoming a significant tool in mainstream government and civilian applications assisting in the provision of important information to the end user in an efficient and safe manner. The “From Maybe to Mainstream” conference at ROTORTECH 2020 will be hosted by the Australian Association for Unmanned Systems (AAUS) and will bring together key government agencies and industry to discuss the current state of play for the use of drone technologies and explore opportunities moving forward.  Discussion will look at all aspects of the drone technology ecosystem including regulatory and data exploitation aspects.

The conference will run over two days during June 17-18 as part of ROTORTECH 2020 at the Brisbane showgrounds.  Registration is free.

Day 1 of the conference will be examine current and future applications of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) in fire and emergency management.  It is a tailored event developed for government agencies and industry and will focus on case studies of fire and police applications of drone technology and will explore challenges and opportunities.

The format of the event will be conference presentations and panel discussions. Invited speakers include Chief Remote Pilots from State Police and Fire agencies, CASA and key industry technology developers.

Day 2 will follow a similar format but will shift focus to other civil applications of drone technology including agricultural, infrastructure inspection and aerial survey. Delegates will hear from Government agencies employing drone technologies as well as key industry service and technology developers.

The conference provides an excellent opportunity to connect with industry, utilising drones for real and current applications.  Networking opportunities will form part of the program including a social event.


Confirmed & Invited Speakers include:

  • Luke Gumley (CASA)
  • Richard Alder (National Aerial Firefighting Centre)
  • Jack Kormas (Textron Systems Australia)
  • Meg Kummerow (Fly the Farm)
  • Andrew Chapman (AUAV)
  • Amy Steiger (Cardno)
  • Andrew Crowe (Mirragin)
  • Dr Dawid Preller (Australian Droid + Robot)
  • Ken King (Freespace Operations)
  • Wayne Lording (UAV Consultancy Group)
  • Team Rubicon Australia
  • Fiona Lake (Fiona Lake Photography)
  • Andrew Duggan (Insitu Pacific)
  • Julian Webber (Australian Federal Police)
  • Anthony Wallgate (NSW Fire & Rescue)
  • Robert Whittle (Queensland Police)
  • Chris Nicholson (NSW Police)


For further information:
Sally Burt 
Membership & Events Manager
Australian Association for Unmanned Systems (AAUS) 
0413 102 250