• The RACV's Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast, venue for next month's RAAA convention. (RACV)
    The RACV's Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast, venue for next month's RAAA convention. (RACV)

Some of the most influential people in the aviation industry are scheduled to speak at the Regional Aviation Assocation of Australia (RAAA) convention on the Gold Coast next month.

The annual convention, to be held this year at Royal Pines 25-27 October, attracts industry leaders, airline and airport operators, manufacturers and suppliers, which in turn generally guarantees a strong raft of speakers. Key figures to speak this year include:

  • Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester
  • CASA Stakeholder Engagement Manager Rob Walker
  • Airservices CEO Jason Harfield
  • ATSB Chief Commissioner Greg Hood and Aviation Commissioner Chris Manning
  • CEO of Bankstown and Camden Airports Lee de Winton
  • SQN LDR Samantha Freebairn RAAF
  • Hawker Pacific Vice President, RAAA Convention Chairman and Chairman of the Australian Aviation Hall of Fame Steve Padgett
  • RAAA Chairman Jim Davis.

In addition, V-8 Supercar racer Scott McLaughlin and around-the-world sailor Jessica Watson OAM are programmed to appear at lunchtime on the Friday.

The convention will also feature two workshops late on the Thursday: Flight Training Organisation Liability, and Airlines Engineering Training, and several other sessions delivered by subject experts and academics.

The RAAA convention is open to both members and non-members, and has significant support from the aviation industry, with sponsorship coming from airlines, insurance companies, government agencies, aircraft manufacturers, media outlets and a variety of commercial companies.

More information on the RAAA convention is on the RAAA website.

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