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Rotortech 2016

Friday 27 to Sunday 29 May 2016

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Time zone UTC +10 hours – Brisbane, Australia

Should you need to tell others in your organization of updates; then send us an email asking for your team member(s) to be included on our email lists. Email to Rob Rich, Event Organizer, or call +61 (0) 415 641 774

Venue. The event will be held at the popular beach side Novotel Twin Waters Resort, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. The venue is only a short ten minute taxi trip from Sunshine Coast Airport and 70 minutes by road from the Brisbane International Airport. See

We can park 25 small and medium helicopters in the resort grounds for use by AHIA members wishing to fly to the event. Free parking - no fee.

Exhibitors have access to a new VIP Heli-Park for 30 helicopters close to the exhibition hall. For use by exhibitors and folks wishing to promote their business or sell their helicopter. A parking fee applies.

Delegate bookings. Booking form attached to our website.

Helicopter flight notification. Prior permission is required from AHIA (on behalf of the resort). AHIA ground staff will provide marshalling and reception services. Fuel is available at nearby Sunshine Coast Airport, and some fees for parking at the airport and other air service fees will not be charged.

International Airport. The Sunshine Coast Airport (Maroochydore) is now an international airport. You may be able to bypass Brisbane Airport going to the event.

Major Rotortech 2016 sponsors

Diamond Sponsor. Hawker Pacific. (Bell).
Gold Sponsors. Aviall Australia Pty Ltd (Boeing) and Eagle Copters Australasia Pty Ltd.
Silver Sponsors. Aviation Trader, Onboard Systems International and Pratt & Whitney Canada. Other sponsor opportunities. Bronze sponsors and event sponsors to be advised.

Booth information. The 50 booths were sold out four months prior to the event; even after we doubled the number form the 2014 event.

Pyramid Displays Package. Booth holders will receive several information packages, including a comprehensive guide from the booth provider. For example, if you need to use different furniture than the table and two chairs provided; then the AUD$85 fee we have paid on your behalf will be credited to your special order request. Both the resort people and booth supplier will provide more information once we finalize plans to place a Bell 505 helicopter into the exhibition hall.

Conference timings. The three day event, Friday 27 to Sunday 29 May 2016, provides more time for booth holders to engage with industry. The conference schedule will allow more time for delegates to mingle with booth holders and see the numerous helicopter static displays.

Registration. From 0800 each day. Conference presentations, with breaks, will run from 0900 to 1700 on Friday and Saturday. Sunday 29 May from 0900 to 1500.

Social functions. A welcome function will be held in the exhibition hall from 1830 on Friday 27 May ’16. On Saturday 28 May 2016, the Silver BBQ Dinner is from 1900 in a ballroom near reception .

Set-up and pull down times. Bump-in (Set-up) from Thu 26 May ’16 @ 1400 hours to 2000 hours.

Exhibitor’s Access. Exhibition hall opens from 0600 to 2000 each day.

Conference Program. Non-continuous conference program in a ballroom from 0900 to 1700 each day;

except Sunday 29 May 2016, from 0900 to 1500 hours.

Bump-out (Pull-down) 1600 to 2000 hours Sun 29 May ’16, and Mon 30 May ’16 from 0600 to 1100 hours.

Display booth specifications. Standard 2.4 X 3 metre booths 2.4 metres high covered in light grey Velcro compatible front runner material. Includes: 3 X 2.4 metre high back wall. 2.4 X 2.4 metre high side walls on closed sides; 290mm high fascia boards on open sides; a company sign on open aides –

max 30 characters on white PVC panel; two energy efficient spotlights; one 4 amp general purpose outlet (GPO), a folding trestle table 1.8 m long X 750 mm wide and 720 mm high, one black fitted cloth – fitted to side floor on three sides and two Atlantis chairs – black padded on folding chrome frame. More information: Mick Antunovic, Pyramid Displays +61 7 5522 1133 or

Accommodation. A Twin Waters Resort booking form is also attached to our website. When booking mention you are with Rotortech 2016 - we have been offered attractive room rates

Airports. The venue is only a short taxi trip from Sunshine Coast Airport (and 70 minutes’ drive from the

Brisbane International Airport). We can park at least 15 small and 10 medium helicopters at our resort for AHIA members. Both the nearby Sunshine Coast and Brisbane Airports are international airports. For example, you can fly from New Zealand direct to the Sunshine Coast Airport (was known as the Maroochydore Airport). Good shuttle bus services from both airports.

Access by public and delegates. The helicopter parking areas and the Exhibition Hall are available to the general public. Free entry – no registration required. The Conference Hall is restricted to registered delegates and booth holders. Any outdoor activities are usually also complimentary.

Interim Conference Programme. Acceptance by VIP speakers pending.

Family friendly resort. Bring your family - they can play while you work! Good bus services to everywhere from resort. Includes Noosa and Brisbane.

AHIA and CASA form partnership to streamline regulatory changes

By a co-operative partnership with CASA, the AHIA and other industry members, CASA is moving forward with legislative changes to streamline regulatory provisions as a result of the post-implementation review of part 61.

AHIA President Peter Crook see this as a positive step closer to the industry contributing at a high level to legislative content for the betterment of the Aviation industry.

Communication between CASA and the AHIA representatives has improved considerably following a landmark meeting held in Sydney  on Wednesday 6 May 2015 attended by the DAS Mark Skidmore and his senior Flight Standards and Flight Crew Licensing Management Team, AHIA President Peter Crook and AHIA Lead Part 61 Review Team member, Ray Cronin.

With other significant amendments in the pipe line these actions demonstrate industry input is now being taken seriously and it adds faith to those who want to contribute but may feel held back by the frustrations of the previous environment.

Positive gains have been made in the following areas:

  • Low level  recency and flight review requirements extended to 24 months.
  • Sling, Winch and Rappel endorsement certifications and flight review requirements.
  • Expansion of the 61.040 approvals for flight testing and flight reviews to include a broader spectrum of approved persons and instructor qualifications to place specialist operational assessments within the upper level experience for each activity.
  • Student pilot recency requirements have been relaxed from 15 days to 30.

Other issues receiving high priority are:

  •  A pathway to allow an Australian ATPL(H) to be obtained.
  • Amendments to the Part 61 MoS.
  • The transition requirements for the issue of a firefighting endorsement for those who have previously been active in those operations.
  • The development of a multi-engine class rating for helicopters.
  • The input to the development of CASR Part 138 – Draft document now available for scrutiny via the joint CASA/Industry Part 138 working group

Of importance is the appointment of Ray Cronin, AHIA Leader of Part 61 Review Team, to the Joint CASA/Industry SCC Flight Crew Licensing Sub-committee and Peter Crook, AHIA President, to the Aviation Industry Consultative Council.

Peter Crook


Recently CASA agreed to request from the AHIA to have a meeting to discuss industry concerns since the implementation of CASR Part 61 – Flight Crew Licensing. This is a critical piece of legislation being the foundation of all the other licensing regulations. We acknowledge the framework of the legislation is sound but some areas require change or modification to better suit the Australian operating environment.

Representatives from CASA at the meeting were: Mark Skidmore, Director Aviation Safety; Peter Boyd, Executive Manager Standards Division; Roger Crosthwaite, Manager Flight Crew Licensing Standards; Dale South, Section Head Rotorcraft Standards and John Grima, Manager Flight Standards Branch.

The AHIA representatives were: Peter Crook, AHIA President; Ray Cronin, AHIA Senior Member Part 61 Review Committee and Richard Davis, AHIA Member, Partner and Aviation Law Specialist HWL Ebsworth.

The meeting concentrated on the post implementation industry concerns on two basic issues:

Perceived COST, and

There was agreement on both sides these issues require addressing. CASA advised a Post Implementation Review (PIR) of the regulation is underway and the important issues raised by AHIA will form part of the review. There were a number of issues identified in the feedback we requested from industry. There was not time to discuss all specific issues but a number of critical issues were identified requiring immediate attention to alleviate the anxiety currently existing.

The AHIA had prepared a list of issues with suggested actions and left this with CASA.

CASA has agreed to work on the critical issues first and should have suggested actions and/or changes to industry as soon as possible. The AHIA offered assistance to CASA by way of industry sector specific processionals to jointly look at areas requiring change and how those changes can be implemented in a manner that is both safe and financially acceptable to industry.

In order to move forward in a positive manner we identified the following specific technical points as the matters of utmost priority, to create pathways for voids created by the implementation of Part 61:

* Expand the 61.040 testing approvals to include grade two instructors and those approved persons who held the relevant qualifications prior to the implementation date.

* Fast track the pending exemptions in relation to low level operations and flight testing for winch, sling and rappel operations and others in the system.

* Create a pathway to allow pilots to obtain an ATPL in Australia, potentially by way of an exemption for the MCC course for the transition period.

The AHIA will increase representation at the CASA Flight Crew Licensing Sub-Committee meetings, the next of which is to occur on the 19 May 2015, we will also be in regular contact with our assigned CASA liaison officer.

This we believe was a "milestone event" as it was a most encouraging and productive meeting.

We will be communicating with CASA on a regular basis and advising the industry of outcomes as they occur.

Peter Crook

Helicopter industry Quarterly Report
January to March 2015.

Readers will note in this very detailed report a substantial change to the helicopter industry in Australia; in fact, the helicopter fleet’s rate of growth has slipped back to almost a zero rate of growth. Why?

After more than two decades of steady growth of the helicopter fleet; usually about twice the GDP, has averaged around 7-8% pa., we have noted an unexpected lack of growth since 30 June 2014 or the last three Quarters of 2014/2015.

There are many factors causing this setback, some are:

·       Federal government’s financial problems following the ongoing budget crisis; where the attempt to the cut spending patterns of the last government are striking fierce resistance. This has led to nervous investors on the fringe of the aviation industry.

·       The collapse of the Australian dollar has made acquisition of aviation assets more expensive to buy and operate. The slight increase in aviation tourism activities has only provided token compensation.

·       The Deputy Prime Minister (our defacto Aviation Minister) has been unsuccessful in avoiding the paralysis of the CASA Board and senior management due to key people leaving at end of their contract, after the last election. This situation has run almost 12 months. Sadly, it started at the same time as the roll out of the new CASR legislation began to gather momentum leaving only caretakers at the helm!

·       The end of the mineral export boom, lower oil prices, long running droughts in northern Australia and general global financial difficulties have added to the latent problems effecting our industry.

The unexpected election of a Labor Government in Queensland, and the current political crisis which may force another snap election, has meant policies on management of state resources have not yet been drafted. Queensland has the largest fleet of helicopters at 761 with NSW at 443 coming second. Australia has 2,114 on their Register.


Media Release

14 April 2015

AHIA strengthens regulatory review capability.

President, Peter Crook, has replaced the long running AHIA  Part 61 Review Committee with a more robust AHIA Regulatory Review Team to assist CASA integrating CASR Part 61 – Flight Crew Licensing into other draft legislation. At Avalon Airshow 2015, CASA advised the helicopter industry, “there are 12 helicopter relevant Flight Operational Rule - standards development  projects underway at the moment?”

The Part 61 Review Committee advised the AHIA Board new legislation now being offered for comment by the regulator often relied on CASR Part 61 as a foundation. It was further stated if Part 61 was allowed to run with unworkable and disputed elements; then the pending more advanced (and expensive) legislation associated with the heavy helicopter fleet would suffer excessive costs for compliance even when no safety benefit can be determined by a cost benefit analysis. The latter is a federal government requirement.  

Crook told the AHIA Board industry must be encouraged to be aware of the ‘domino effect’ of overlapping faulty rules. For example, the recent release by CASA of their draft fees was welcome and is still open for comment; however, the industry needs to check other draft legislation to see what efficiencies are being lost or gained. The recent AHIA Quarterly Report – January to March 2015, indicated concerns for the future of the regulatory processes; which if not reviewed and corrected at this early stage of the CASR rollout, will cause a retraction in the aviation industry in 2016/2107.  It has been claimed the last ATPL was issued in September 2014. This fact and the associated hiccup with Multi Crew Coordination Training are two examples forcing desperate candidates to seek overseas training facilities.

It is anticipated AHIA Regulatory Review Team will take over from the Part 61 committee on Monday 4 May 2015. The AHIA members of this new team will be announced shortly.