The Global Sky Forum – Helicopters 2023 will take a deep dive into the helicopter market in Australia and New Zealand. It will explore much more than existing usage and missions through a series of panel discussions and fireside chats that will delve into what to expect over the coming years and beyond. Here’s the agenda for both days.

On the 11th September, the evening before the Forum, networking drinks will be held at The Hilton Hotel’s Pool Terrace, Brisbane , from 18:00 to 20:00. This is open to all delegates.

Networking Drinks – Monday 11th September, 2023

18:00-20:00 Networking Drinks, The Hilton Hotel, Brisbane, Australia

Forum Day 1 – Tuesday 12th September, 2023

08:00 - 08:50 Registration
08:50 – 09:00 Opening Remarks
09:00 – 09:45 Defining The Region
Australia is a big enough market to have different nuances on each side of the country. Add in New Zealand and the surrounding islands, and even more differences seep in. This session will explore the market in terms of usage, missions, size categories, leasing, outsourcing, tourism and others.
09:45 – 10:30 Is Helicopter Leasing the New Norm?
With a smaller offshore market than any other regions, helicopter lessors are looking for other sectors to place helicopter into in Australasia. This panel digs deep to see what sectors the lessors could explore.
10:30 – 11:00 Refreshment Break
11:00 – 11:45 Small is Beautiful – the Workhorses of the Region!
Smaller helicopters make up a significant proportion of the entire Australasia fleet. This panel will look at their usage and ask what it would take for smaller operators to replace their current fleets.
11:45 – 12:30 Electric Aircraft – How Much Can We Expect to Lose?
Uncrewed aerial vehicles are already here, and drones have started to be used in commercial settings. The main restrictions today appears to be distance and payload, but with eVTOLs only a few years away, will they replace traditional helicopters?
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 14:45 Flying Without Wings!
What does it take to train a helicopter pilot versus a fixed-wing pilot? Is it just cost and time? What are the other challenges that helicopter schools and pilots face?
14:45 – 15:30 A Look at New Zealand
A deep dive into the New Zealand rotary market.
15:30 – 16:00 Refreshment Break
16:00 – 16:45 Keeping Their Value
What are the latest movements in popular helicopter values in different size categories and for different uses? What external factors might affect value and are there any clues for what will happen in the near future?
16:45 – 17:30 The Safety Imperative
Case studies of real incidents and examining how they could possibly have been prevented.

Forum Day 2 – Wednesday 13th September, 2023

09:00 – 09:45 Emergency Response Part 1
Fighting fires and looking for the lost. This panel will look at all of the issues and opportunities in the firefighting and search & rescue sectors.
09:45 – 10:30 Emergency Response Part 2
Saving lives. This panel will dig into the EMS sector, looking at how EMS services are funded, and where they are needed the most.
10:30 – 11:00 Refreshment Break
11:00 – 11:45 Vertical & Luxury
The VIP experience in the region doesn’t compare to some other markets in the world but still has a role that needs to be filled. This panel explores what it takes to deliver the luxury ride.
11:45 – 12:30 Keeping the Tourist up in the Air
Expert opinions on what works and doesn’t work for keeping tourists excited about flying.
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 14:45 Keeping them Flying!
With an older-than-average fleet, what are the different services required with the maintenance ecosystem to keep them flying in Oz?
14:45 – 15:30 Choosing the Right Machine!
OEMs and operators answer your questions about the most suitable types of aircraft for the different roles in the region.
15:30 – 16:00 Refreshment Break
16:00 – 16:45 Will the Offshore Market Expand?
The Australian offshore fleet has reduced by close to 50% since the twenty-tens and has since stabilized. What are the future prospects given that the rest of the world has seen a similar pattern?
16:45 – 16:55 Closing Remarks

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