Pre-eminent aviation conference returns to Adelaide

The Australian Airports Association (AAA) National Conference, running from 13-17 November in Adelaide, is bringing together over 550 delegates to take part in the pre-eminent aviation conference and exhibition in the Asia Pacific Region. Showcasing the very best Adelaide and South Australia has to offer, delegates will enjoy a diverse program targeted to airports of all sizes.

The 2017 program has been carefully designed to be relevant to all business areas of airports and once again, in keeping with the successful format of previous years, the second day will feature a concurrent stream focusing specifically on issues relevant to regional airports.

The 2017 program is focused on leadership, security and commercial aspects of the aviation industry as well as interactive sessions relevant to Regional Council Mayors, Councillors and CEO’s, and the traditional Airport Manager related content.

With 60 speakers participating, we are fortunate to welcome speakers representing the diversity of the aviation industry from major international airports, smaller regional airports, airlines and key government regulators.

Topics such as customer satisfaction and emergency planning will be of relevance for all airports regardless of the complexity of their operating environment. Other sessions will cover a range of specialties including air traffic management, runway capacity, aviation security and wildlife hazard management to name just a few. AAA is also honoured to welcome the Premier of South Australia, Jay Wetherill, who will discuss the importance of aviation to South Australia.

The conference will feature a strong technical program in 2017, with speakers covering a variety of subjects, including the post implementation review and current notice of proposed rulemaking for the MOS 139. Additionally, sessions are scheduled to cover airfield lighting, maximising the life of pavement, and new innovations in pavement construction amongst others.

As in past years, in 2017, delegates attending the technical workshops will receive certificates of attendance to recognise their contribution. For the first time in 2017 AAA is pleased to offer a seated lunch to bring Technical Forum delegates together to provide another opportunity to share their technical knowledge.

A strong program of networking opportunities for delegates and exhibitors will be held in iconic Adelaide venues, featuring the best of the local food and wine scene. The ‘Tastes of South Australia’ function at the National Wine Centre will be a highlight; overlooking the stunning Adelaide Botanic Gardens, the opportunity to taste the delights and sample a selection of award winning local wines and produce.

On Thursday evening, AAA will welcome Australian cricket great and current coach, Darren Lehmann, for a Q and A in the Bradman Room at the Adelaide Oval. This networking event is not to be missed, featuring a SA themed menu and taking in the magnificent views of the oval and the famous antique scoreboard.

The Wednesday night is the AAA National Airport Industry Awards and Gala. A perfect opportunity for delegates and guests to network, celebrate and acknowledge the recipients of these prestigious industry awards. The Women in Airports Breakfast in 2017 is honoured to have special guest speaker, Annabelle Chaplain, Chair of Queensland Airports. The Women in Airports Breakfast recognises the contribution of women in the airport industry in both leadership and aspiring to leadership roles.

Overall there will be over 65 presentations with 60 speakers covering all aspects of airport operations from Australia and overseas. The exhibition itself will run for three days showcasing the latest in technology, products and service relevant to the aviation industry. In 2017 the Adelaide AAA National Conference will host 74 exhibition booths relevant to all areas of the airport industry.

There is still time to register and take advantage of the group rate. The AAA, its partners and its exhibitors, look forward to seeing you at the 2017 AAA National Conference in Adelaide.

For more information or to register, visit http://airportsconference.asn.au/.

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