• A Kestrel Aviation firebomber at work. (AHIA)
    A Kestrel Aviation firebomber at work. (AHIA)

One of Australia's most respected experts on aerial firefighting will deliver an address on the lessons learnt from the recent bushfire crisis at the Australian Helicopter Industry Association (AHIA) conference in Brisbane.

The conference is scheduled for June as part of the Rotortech 2020 Helicopter and Unmanned Flight Exposition.

Richard Alder, General Manager of the National Aerial Firefighting Centre, will address the conference on recently implemented firefighting initiatives and their outcomes as part of Rotortech.

AHIA CEO Paul Tyrrell said Rotortech 2020 follows one of the most devastating bushfire seasons in Australian history, increasing the importance of bringing the helicopter industry together to review and discuss the role helicopters play in bushfire management. 

“At the start of every season, firefighting helicopters commit to assist in the various phases of bushfire prevention, management and recovery, with invaluable support from international helicopter communities,” Tyrrell said.

“This season has been extended and devastating and we’ve had to scale up our capability somewhat faster than previous years. The conversations we have at the conclusion of this season will be vitally important as we look to the future.”

Rotortech is scheduled for 16-18 June at the Royal International Convention Centre in Brisbane.

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