Change is in the air for regional aviation

‘Change is in the Air’ was the theme of this year’s Regional Aviation Association of Australia (RAAA) National Convention held on the Gold Coast over 25-27 October.

Speakers from industry and government presented on a range of topics and issues concerning regional airports, aviation supply chain management, the current and future state of Australian airspace management, and national aviation safety regulations.

Australian Industry Standards (AIS) attended the highly regarded annual aviation event, which attracted key industry leaders, regional operators, technical experts, manufacturers and suppliers. State and federal governments, CASA and other regulatory bodies were also represented and contributed significantly to the conference program.

RAAA CEO Mike Higgins said a range of challenges facing regional aviation were raised at the convention. These included advances in technology, operational maintenance issues, competitive pressures on shorter regional aviation routes, an ageing aviation engineering workforce, and flight crew career pathways.

The Hon Darren Chester, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, provided an overview of government policy and the challenges that can be addressed by Australia’s aviation industry and government agencies working closely together.

The aviation industry brings essential and critical services to rural and remote areas across Australian States and Territories.

RAAA supports its members by working with Government, the regulatory authority, and the community to promote a safe and viable regional aviation industry. Its membership of the Aviation Industry Reference Committee ensures that industry views on aviation industry skills can be heard by government.

AIS works closely with Australia’s aviation industry, and supports the work of the Aviation IRC in developing workforce skills for the future.

The AVI Aviation Training Package provides VET qualifications for Aerodrome Operations, Airport Safety, Air Traffic Control, Cabin Services, Cargo Services, Flight Instruction, Flight Operations (pilots), Screening, Search and Rescue, and Management and Supervision.