Australian Helicopter Industry Association (AHIA) CEO Paul Tyrrell has labeled RotorTech 2021 as one of the most important events in the history of the local helicopter industry.
In a communique released today through AMDA Foundation, the organisers of RotorTech, Tyrrell said the exhibition and conference would play a large part in the industry's recovery from the COVID downturn.
"I would suggest that this year’s RotorTech gathering in Brisbane will be one of the most important events in the history of the local helicopter industry, after a three-year COVID-related gap," he said.
"In 2020, COVID turned the aviation industry on its head, and plenty of lateral thinking is needed as we all rebuild our businesses. RotorTech will be the perfect opportunity to hear the concentrated thoughts of our unique industry, and to share your own ideas.
"The event will showcase the very latest helicopter products and will be an opportunity to hear from and meet senior industry and government aviation leaders, face to face.
"With the second largest civil helicopter fleet in the world, there is little doubt how vital helicopter operations are to the Australian economy, and to the many communities that rely on these operations."
RotorTech was originally scheduled for June 2020, but was postponed until October 2020 when it became clear COVID restrictions would prevent any large gatherings of people from taking place. It was further put back to June 2021 in order to give international visitors the best chance of attending.
The exhibition and conference are currently well subscribed, justifying the decision to relocate the event from the Gold Coast to the much larger Royal International Convention Centre in Brisbane.
RotorTech is on from 15-17 June.