RotorTech 2024



Tuesday 4 – Thursday 6 June 2024

Free and open to all registered RotorTech 2024 attendees.


Australia’s leading helicopter industry advocacy group, the Australian Helicopter Industry Association (AHIA), will present its conference at RotorTech 2024 with a three day program of speakers who will invite conversation on the issues and opportunities facing the industry today.

Gain insight from the region’s emergency and community service sectors, hear from senior representatives from Australia’s training and regulatory bodies and be part of the conversation on how industry will work to future-proof Australia’s rotary-wing industry.

It is free to attend all AHIA conference sessions at RotorTech 2024, simply register as Visitor and add the conference to your registration.


The AHIA Program is correct as of 23 May 2024 but subject to change.
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Tuesday 4 June - Education
0930-1030 Chief Pilots Forum
Industry Issues
Tim Hand
0930-1030 Engineer Forum
Part 66 Modular Licence
Andreas Marcelja
1030-1100 Morning tea

Chief Pilots Forum
Industry Issues

Cypress 1, Level 1, RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast

Tim Hand
1100-1200 Engineers Forum
Maintenance Issues
Frank Bosca
Bosca Helicopters
1200-1330 Lunch

Chief Flying Instructors Forum
Building experience to meet industry needs

Cypress 1, Level 1, RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast

John Bernard

Nathan Blackberry
Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service (WLRHS)

1330-1430 Engineers Forum continued  
1430-1515 Afternoon tea
1500-1545 Robinson Helicopter update and Q&A

David Smith
Robinson Helicopter

Robyn Eagles
Robinson Helicopter
1545 - 1630 Fuel Issues
Lycoming product update
Adrian McCardy
1630 - 1700 Army Aviation
Safety & Training in Maintenance
LTCOL Rick Watling
Army Aviation
1700-1800 RotorTech 2024 Welcome Function Bell Helicopters
Wednesday 5 June - Service & Safety
0930-1000 AHIA President Welcome
AHIFF Update
Ray Cronin OAM
1000-1030 Service to Community Keynote Richard Alder AFSM
Avtract Solutions
1030-1100 Morning tea
1100-1145 Regulatory Panel
CASA Update & Q&A

Pip Spence
Chief Executive Officer/Director of Aviation Safety

Steve Campbell
Executive Manager, National Operations and Standards

Matt Boutell
Executive Manager, Regulatory Oversight
1145-1230 Aeronautical Decision Making Richard Butterworth
Kestrel Aviation
1230-1330 Lunch
1330-1350 Addressing Safety Issues Stuart MacLeod
1350-1430 Securite Civile, Airbus  
1430-1500 Role of technology in improved forecasting and decision making Cathy Kingston
Senior Aviation Customer Lead, Bureau of Meteorology
1500-1530 Afternoon tea
1530-1600 Digital Transformation:
Helipad & Vertiport Technology for the Future
Michael Middleton
SafeHelipad Software Systems
1600 - 1630 Sharing airspace: UAV and helicopters Panel

Reece Clothier

Andrew Ward

Mike Watson
Fleet Helicopters
1830-2200 RotorTech 2024 Industry Dinner and presentation of AHIFF Scholarships  
Thursday 6 June - Meeting the future
0930-1030 Meeting the Industry’s Engineering Challenges Panel

Hylke Kijlstra
Helico Australia

Bill Haffner
Pacific Crown Helicopter
1030-1100 Morning tea

Sector updates

  • Training
  • Aerial Ag Mustering
  • Tourism
  • Firefighting
  • EMS/Offshore
1200-1300 Lunch
1300-1330 Futureproofing our Rotary Industry Julian Fraser
1330-1430 Product updates Airbus
1430-1500 Afternoon tea
1500-1530 AHIA AGM  
1530 Conference close Ray Cronin OAM


Richard Alder
Richard Alder AFSM

Richard Alder is the Principal Consultant at Avtract Solutions. Avtract provides consulting and advisory services to industry, government and defence around the world regarding procurement and optimum utilisation of aviation resources for specialised applications. Recently he has been working with a number of international government agencies to develop fleet management strategies.

Matt Bouttell
Matt Bouttell

Matt, a seasoned aviator with over 30 years of experience, embarked on his career journey as an apprentice aircraft maintenance engineer with Qantas. Transitioning into flight operations, he dedicated almost a decade to this field before transitioning to a strategic role within Qantas Group Strategy.

His industry expertise expanded further with a management position at Airservices Australia, where he played a pivotal role in the National Operations Centre. Demonstrating his commitment to international relations, Matt spearheaded Airservices’ capacity building programs in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

Richard Butterworth
Richard Butterworth

Richard Butterworth has a long and distinguished career in both Defence and corporate aviation sectors, having been responsible for the design, development, and implementation of a number of innovative helicopter training and operational initiatives.

Richard joined Kestrel in 2017 undertaking the role of Head of Training, including the Night Vision Systems Chief Pilot’s delegation.

Steve Campbell
Steve Campbell

Steve has over 25 years’ and nearly 12,000 hours as a pilot, from instructor to charter pilot, regional airline pilot and through to Captain on the B777 for Cathay Pacific. Steve hung up his wings in 2013 and came back to Australia working with CASA in Canberra on the new flight operations regulations.

Cathy Kingston
Cathy Kingston

Cathy joined the Bureau in 1995 as a Graduate Trainee Meteorologist, and early in her career worked as an operational meteorologist across several states and Antarctica.

Cathy has been a member of the Bureau's Aviation team since 2003 and has led major aviation service projects, including the Automated Thunderstorm Alerting Service and the Trial of Automated METAR and SPECI at the Major Airports.

Stuart Macleod
Stuart Macleod

Stuart is a Director of Transport Safety at the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), with 17 years at the bureau as a transport safety investigator.

A mechanical engineer by trade, Stuart also holds ATPL(H) and CPL(A) licences with 2,500 flying hours in command on a range of single and multi-engine types, including a 7-year flying career in the Australian Army.

Andreas Marcelja
Andreas Marcelja

Andreas Marcelja has worked in aviation for more than 25 years and is passionate about the industry and achieving safety outcomes through collaboration.

Andreas led CASA’s Engagement, Communication and Safety Education Branch from November 2016 and was appointed to the role of Executive Manager Stakeholder Engagement in December 2022.

Pip Spence
Pip Spence PSM

Chief Executive Officer and Director of Aviation Safety

Pip Spence is Chief Executive Officer and Director of Aviation Safety for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

Prior to joining CASA, Pip was the Chief Operating Officer at the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications and before that the Deputy Secretary for Transport, which included responsibility for aviation and airport policy and program matters. Prior to that she had a number of senior roles across the APS.

Andrew Ward
Andrew Ward

Andrew Ward is the Manager Emerging Technologies at the Civil Aviation Safety Authority. He is responsible for the organisation’s readiness for the wide range of emerging aviation technologies that are faced by the aviation community including AAM, future RPAS, UTM, electrification, new aviation fuels and more. Andrew has worked in various roles in CASA for more than 23 years.

Lieutenant Colonel Rick Watling
Lieutenant Colonel Rick Watling, RAEME

Lieutenant Colonel Watling enlisted into the Australian Regular Army in 2002, having completed his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Queensland.

His career has included a variety of capability, regimental, training establishment and headquarter/staff roles in Australia and deployed overseas.

Mike Watson
Mike Watson

Mike has been flying helicopters since 2005, starting in the South Island of New Zealand where he was sheep farming at the time. He relocated to Armidale, NSW the following year and began flying for Fleet Helicopters.

Mike worked as a line pilot and flight instructor until 2010 when he accepted the role as CEO for the company and also took on this role for Commercial Helicopters when it was purchased in 2014.

Mike became qualified to fly UAVs in 2013 following manufacturer flight training in the USA and received his CASA Remote Pilot Licence in 2016.