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2019 Aviation Expo success!

The 2019 Aviation Expo, Australia’s largest aviation-dedicated careers expo was held last Saturday (17 August) and attracted a record number of visitors and exhibitors in its 17th year. The event had in excess of 10,000 visitors and more than 30 exhibitors from broad areas of expertise, including the University of Southern Queensland, Qantas, Basair, Griffith University and QUT.

The event was free and open to the public, with a focus for individuals who are interested in an aviation career.  The event provided an excellent opportunity to meet with potential employers, apprentices and aviation training organisations to seek advice on potential career paths. There were also many fun activities available to visitors regardless of age throughout the day such as the opportunity to get up close and personal in the cockpit of the Fokker F28 and the 737 simulator in the Defence Force Recruiting Hangar.

Drone Racing was a new addition to the Aviation Expo this year with FPV Rebels setting up a course with nets for racing tiny drones. Virtual Reality was also very popular with various exhibitors including Aviation Australia providing headsets for visitors. Apart from competitions and draws for visitors to win great prizes, Aeropower was offering Scenic Flights out of the Static Aircraft Zone at discounted rates.

Back by popular demand from previous years, the Seminar Program was highly popular with attendees and exhibitors. Exhibitors who participated in the Seminar Program, to name a few, were, Defence Force Recruiting, University of Southern Queensland, Griffith University, CQU, Virgin Australia, Strike Aviation Training, Basair and Qantas.

For the first time, a Discussion Forum was scheduled for industry to discuss the skills shortages and the future of aviation careers which was well attended. The speakers included Hon Shannon Fentiman MP, Leif Mawson and Charlotte Abbot from Qantas, Mike Higgins from the Regional Aviation Association of Australia, Troy Scott from Alliance Airlines and Air Commodore Sue McGready from Defence Force Recruiting. The session was moderated by Steve Gibbons from Australian Aviation.

Also new this year was the Aerospace Apprentice Demonstration Zone which provided visitors the opportunity to meet with employers and their apprentices to find out what it’s like to work as an aircraft maintenance engineer.  Demonstrations by both Avionics and Mechanical Apprentices were conducted throughout the day so the public could get a taste of what these apprentice do. Companies exhibiting in this area included Qantas Airways, Virgin Australia, TAE Aerospace, Northrop Grumman, Air Gold Coast, Pacific Turbine, LifeFlight, Hawker Pacific and Aviation Australia.

Visitors were also treated to an array of aircraft from different eras in the static aircraft display area. The highlights were of course the Qantas Dreamliner and Defence Force Spartan which had long lines all day and provided the rare chance to see inside the aircraft and cockpit. Other aircraft on display included T28 Trojan, F8L Falco, Extra 300VH-CIZ, Yakovlev Yak-52 and Aeroprakt A32 Vixxen 23-8770. 

“Aviation Expo 2019 was a tremendous success and was definitely a fun day out for everyone. We received many positive comments about this year’s event from both visitors and exhibitors. We certainly look forward to the next Expo and hope to have inspired people to pursue a career in aviation,” said Mr Bill Horrocks, Chief Executive Officer of Aviation Australia.

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