ROTORTECH 2020 delayed to October 2020March 26th, 2020 Comments Off on 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.”
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, visit www.amda.com.au