Aviation Australia has played host once again to the now bi-annual Aviation Expo, showcasing careers in Queensland’s thriving aerospace and defence industries.
In it’s 14th iteration, the Aviation Expo has attracted the likes of the University of Southern Queensland, BASAIR, Griffith University, QUT, Air Gold Coast, TAFE Queensland, CQ University, Airways Aviation, GoFly Aviation, LifeFlight, Flight Experience Brisbane, Aerospace Gateway to Industry Schools, and Qantas Airways. Tens of thousands of visitors flooded through the event during the day.
“The Expo is organised by Aviation Australia, which was established by the Queensland Government in 2001 to support the development and growth of aviation and aerospace industries in both the Australian and international markets.”The Hon. Cameron Dick, Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
The Aviation Expo even included an Aircraft Experience Zone featuring 45 civilian and military aircraft on static display. The Australian Defence Force were the showstoppers, with a C-27J Spartan on display. Qantas also had Boeing 787-9 VH-ZND in the “Yam Dreaming” livery open to the public.
Aviation Australia Chief Executive Officer Bill Horrocks said their main campus in Brisbane delivered training to over 1500 aircraft maintenance engineers, cabin crew, fixed wing and remote pilots annually.
“Aviation Australia is the largest basic maintenance engineering and independent flight attendant training provider in the Southern Hemisphere.”Bill Horrocks, Aviation Australia CEO
The Aviation Expo is a unique day for Brisbane Airport operations as it involves a large amount of general aviation aircraft landing on a runway typically utilised by passenger transport aircraft. The vast majority of the static display was made up of light aircraft.
The next event will be in 2021.