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26 March 2020

ROTORTECH 2020 delayed to October 2020

ROTORTECH 2020, the Indo-Asia-Pacific region’s premier helicopter systems and unmanned flight showcase and forum, will move from its original June dates to 14-16 October 2020, in response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak.

Ian Honnery, CEO of ROTORTECH 2020 organiser AMDA Foundation Limited, said the change came after weeks of consultation with major partners and stakeholders against the backdrop of a rapidly evolving COVID-19 Coronavirus environment.

“The preservation of public health will always be our paramount commitment,” Mr Honnery said. “Although government restrictions on gatherings and travel may be lifted by our original June dates, we have decided to act early and delay ROTORTECH 2020 to October in order to provide clarity for our stakeholders.

“This will allow industry to focus on managing through the COVID-19 crisis, with an October ROTORTECH 2020 then bringing the community together as a strong industry recovery event before operators are fully committed to the coming fire season.”

With a comprehensive three-day industry conference program, ROTORTECH 2020 will feature helicopter manufacturer technical workshops, the Australian Helicopter Industry Association’s annual conference, a Maintenance and Repair Organisation (MRO) conference and sessions on recent aerial firefighting experience, airborne law enforcement operations and heli-mustering.

For the first time, it will also feature an Australian Association for Unmanned Systems (AAUS) conference, unmanned vehicle exhibitors and sessions on unmanned flight.

ROTORTECH 2020 will include an industry exhibition showcasing more than 100 helicopter and unmanned flight related companies.

"The success of ROTORTECH 2018 showed that the Australian helicopter industry needs a forum to highlight both the challenges and successes in our industry," said Australian Helicopter Industry Association President Ray Cronin.

"ROTORTECH is the industry's own forum for sharing this information for the benefit of all. Delaying the event until October will allow the industry to ride out this crisis and then come together to focus on recovery.”

About ROTORTECH

First held in 2014, the biennial ROTORTECH Conference and Exhibition (www.rotortech.com.au) has rapidly become the premier industry event for the helicopter community in Australia, New Zealand and the region.

ROTORTECH 2018 attracted 996 attendees for an exposition including three days of conferences with 30 speakers across some 22 sessions on major themes from aerial firefighting to new Civil Aviation Safety Authority performance categories, helicopters and airports and the commercial and safety impact of unmanned aerial vehicles. It also saw presentation of the Australian Helicopter Industry Association’s inaugural annual industry awards at a gala dinner.

About the Australian Helicopter Industry Association (AHIA)

The Australian Helicopter Industry Association promotes the Australian helicopter industry by working with governments, regulatory authorities and the community to ensure it is a safe, efficient and viable industry readily able to adapt to the continuing needs of our customers by the pursuit of global industry best practice.

For more information, see www.austhia.com

About AMDA Foundation Limited

AMDA FOUNDATION LIMITED is an Australian not-for-profit corporation established to promote the development of aviation and Australia’s industrial, manufacturing and information/communications technology resources in the fields of aviation, aerospace, maritime, defence and security.

It achieves these goals by delivering Australia’s most prominent and respected world-class biennial industry expositions as platforms for interaction between industry, defence, government and academia.

For more information, see www.amda.com.au



For media enquiries please contact:

Philip Smart
Executive Manager Corporate Communications
AMDA Foundation Limited
M: 0438 311 644
E: psmart@amda.com.au

21 June 2019

ROTORTECH 2020 embraces unmanned flight

ROTORTECH 2020, the region’s premier helicopter systems showcase and forum, will incorporate unmanned aerial systems in its exhibition and conference program for the first time when it moves to Brisbane’s Royal International Convention Centre (RICC) next year.


With a comprehensive three-day industry conference program (FREE to registered delegates and trade visitors), ROTORTECH 2020 will feature helicopter manufacturer technical workshops, the Australian Helicopter Industry Association’s annual conference and a Maintenance and Repair Organisation (MRO) conference. It will also include an industry exhibition showcasing more than 100 helicopter and unmanned flight related companies.

For the first time, ROTORTECH 2020 will also feature an Australian Association for Unmanned Systems (AAUS) conference, unmanned vehicle exhibitors and updates on unmanned flight covering new technologies, safety aspects and potential business opportunities for existing helicopter operators.

Hosted by the Australian Helicopter Industry Association (AHIA), ROTORTECH 2020 will be conducted by not-for-profit Aerospace Australia Limited, which also conducts the biennial Australian International Airshow at Avalon in Victoria.

Australian Helicopter Industry Association President Ray Cronin said sessions on the proliferation of commercial unmanned aerial vehicles around the world would be a natural fit for the region’s premier helicopter industry conference.

“Unmanned aerial vehicles are moving in to new roles in fields previously dominated by manned helicopters, from agriculture to emergency services, survey and aerial asset management,” Mr Cronin said. “These developments can create issues for existing helicopter operators, but they can also create business opportunities.

“Experience has shown that the most successful operators of unmanned aircraft are those who understand the task to which the unmanned vehicle is being applied. So existing helicopter operators are best placed to operate unmanned aircraft effectively, and above all safely, in fields previously dominated by manned helicopters, or in allied applications that may not even have been possible with manned helicopters in the past.”

Ray Cronin said ROTORTECH 2020 would provide a timely platform for discussion of industry issues.

"The success of ROTORTECH 2018 demonstrated that the Australian helicopter industry needs a forum to highlight both the challenges and successes in our industry," he said. "Operators face issues such as regulation and recruitment, but as an industry we are also advancing and adopting new technologies and new ways of doing business. RotorTech is the industry's own forum for sharing this information for the benefit of all."

The ROTORTECH 2018 conference and exposition held on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast in May last year attracted an unprecedented 996 registered delegates and more than 80 industry exhibitors. Dramatic growth in demand has prompted a move to the RICC at Brisbane Showgrounds as a larger, more easily accessible venue for ROTORTECH 2020, to be held 16-18 June 2020.

“With a year to go before ROTORTECH 2020 we have 80% of our exhibition space allocated and 80% of those are returning exhibitors," said ROTORTECH 2020 CEO Ian Honnery.

"Brisbane’s Royal International Convention Centre is a superb venue that will provide increased exhibition space and conference facilities and capital city ease of access for Australian and overseas delegates. It will also allow exhibitors to land helicopters for display at the exposition site, which was a popular feature of ROTORTECH 2018.”

The enhanced ROTORTECH 2020 program will include:

  • Australian Helicopter Industry Association (AHIA) Conference
  • MRO Forum supported by Australia's Aviation Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Business Association (AMROBA)
  • Expanded Manufacturers Workshops
  • STEM and Careers Program
  • Enhanced AHIA Awards and Gala Dinner
  • Innovation Awards
  • Drone Flying Demonstrations
  • New Technology Showcase


ROTORTECH 2020 will also include more promotional options for exhibitors:

  • Increased external helicopter display spaces
  • Helicopter display space on the expo floor
  • Greater area for networking functions
  • One On One meeting rooms

 


For media enquiries please contact:

Philip Smart
Executive Manager Corporate Communications
Aerospace Maritime Defence and Security Foundation of Australia Limited
M: 0438 311 644
E: psmart@amda.com.au