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FlySafe 2019

Wednesday 27 & Thursday 28 February 2019
Wednesday 27 February: 0900 - 1600
Thursday 28 February: 0900 - 1300
This event is open and complimentary to AVALON 2019 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 AVALON 2019 complimentary conferences are limited and spaces are not guaranteed. Attendance is subject to availability and is on a first come, first served basis).
Conference Room 7, Conference Centre, Australian International Aerospace & Defence Exposition, Avalon Airport

The Australian Helicopter Industry Association (AHIA) and Aerospace Australia Limited (the conveners of AVALON 2019) have joined forces to present the ROTORTALK conference at AVALON 2019, providing a forum for discussion of the major issues facing the Australian helicopter industry.

ROTORTALK 2019 will include information sessions from helicopter manufacturers, an update on major regulatory and safety issues and outcomes from the trial of night firebombing operations.

It will include:

  • A day of OEM workshops presented by major helicopter manufacturers: Bell - Leonardo - Robinson - Sikorsky
  • The AHIA: the voice of the Australian helicopter industry.
  • Minimising the cost impact of regulatory reforms.
  • Piston engine operational issues in Northern Australia.
  • Night Firebombing Operations: an update on operations to date in Victoria.

Australian Helicopter Industry Association President Ray Cronin said the ROTORTALK conference would enable critical discussion in a format designed by and for industry.

“The success of ROTORTECH 2018 showed that the Australian helicopter industry values a regular forum to talk about major issues and to present a united industry to government and the regulator,” he said.

“ROTORTALK 2019 will provide a platform for debate on issues of safety, regulation and operations. It will give operators a chance to talk one on one with the major manufacturers and it will inform the association about industry’s concerns and priorities in our ongoing advocacy on behalf of the Australian helicopter community.”

Aerospace Australia Limited CEO Ian Honnery said the AVALON 2019 team was proud to be involved in presenting the ROTORTALK 2019 conference.

“This event provides a unique platform for communication between industry, regulators and government, contributing to safer helicopter operations through the exchange of topical information and ideas,” he said. “AVALON 2019 is proud to bring ROTORTALK 2019 to life in partnership with the AHIA.”

Wednesday 27 February 2019
0930 - 1600

Manufacturers Workshops:

0930 - 1030
Bell with David Sale, Managing Director of Bell Asia -Pacific

1030 - 1100
Morning tea/coffee

1100 - 1200
Leonardo with Giorgio Mantegazza, AgustaWestland Australia Director and Marco Cardinotti, Regional customer Support and Services Manager

1200 - 1400
Lunch Break and Airshow Flying Displays

1400 - 1500
Robinson with Kurt Robinson, CEO and Chairman Robinson Helicopter Corporation

1500 - 1600
Sikorsky with Rich Koucheravy, Director Business Development – Future Vertical Lift, Cedric Meynier and Blair Drinkwater- Business Development Managers with updates on Sikorsky S-76 and S-92 programs plus Firehawk and refurbished Black Hawk proramsincluding regional fleet insights

Thursday 28 February 2019
0900 - 0930 AHIA review and impact of regulatory reforms by Ray Cronin, AHIA President and Board Members
0930 - 1030 Piston Engine operational issues on Northern Australia with industry panel and Q & A session.
1030 - 1100 Morning tea/coffee
1100 - 1200 Night Firebombing Operations: an update on operations to date in Victoria, by Wayne Rigg – Aviation Capability& Innovation, CFA Vic
Panel members, Ray Cronin of Kestrel Aviation and Hayden Biggs of Coulson Helicopters
1200 - 1230 Closing session