15-17 June 2021, RotorTech Expo, Brisbane


From Maybe to Mainstream Conference


Helicopter and Unmanned Flight Exposition

Drone technologies are rapidly becoming a significant tool in mainstream government and civilian applications assisting in the provision of important information to the end user in an efficient and safe manner. The “From Maybe to Mainstream” conference at ROTORTECH will be hosted by the Australian Association for Unmanned Systems (AAUS) and will bring together key government agencies and industry to discuss the current state of play for the use of drone technologies and explore opportunities moving forward.  Discussion will look at all aspects of the drone technology ecosystem including regulatory and data exploitation aspects.

The conference will run over two days during ROTORTECH 2020 at the Royal International Convention Centre.  Registration is free.

Day 1 of the conference will be examine current and  future applications of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) in fire and emergency management.  It is a tailored event developed for government agencies and industry and will focus on case studies of fire and police applications of drone technology and will explore challenges and opportunities.

The format of the event will be conference presentations and panel discussions.  Invited speakers include Chief Remote Pilots from State Police and Fire agencies, CASA and key industry technology developers.

Day 2 will follow a similar format but will shift focus to other civil applications of drone technology including agricultural , infrastructure inspection and aerial survey.  Delegates will hear from Government agencies employing drone technologies as well as key industry service and technology developers.

The conference provides an excellent opportunity to connect with industry, utilising drones for real and current applications.  Networking opportunities will form part of the program including a social event.


Day 1: 

Session 1:  Application of Drones in Emergency Services

1000: Welcome Address, Greg Tyrrell (Executive Director, AAUS)

1015: A national drone capability for firefighting, Andrew Crowe (Mirragin Unmanned Systems)

1045: Potential and Issues surrounding the use of Drones for Aerial Firefighting, Andrew Matthews (National Aerial Firefighting Centre)

1115: BVLOS RPAS use for Bushfire response – current state of play and options for industry moving forward, Andrew Duggan (Insitu Pacific)

1145: Employing Unmanned Systems for Enhanced Emergency Management, Leading Firefighter & Chief Remote Pilot, Anthony Wallgate (Fire + Rescue NSW) 

1215: Lunch break

Session 2:  Application of Drones in Emergency Services continued

1315:  UAS Roles for Emergency Services, Jack Kormas (Textron Systems Australia)

1345: RPAS assisting Policing Operations: A/Sergeant, Mark Gamer (Queensland Police Service)

1415: Regulatory Considerations for RPAS used in Emergency Services, Luke Gumley (CASA)

1445: Afternoon tea break

Session 3:  Application of Drones in Emergency Services continued

1515: RPAS operations within NSW Police Force: Inspector & Chief Remote Pilot, Rob Whittle (NSW Police Force)

1545: Development of Large Drone Systems for Emergency Response, Ken King (Freespace Operations)

1615:  DJI Product Presentation, Joshua Foo (D1 Store)

1730 – 1900:  Networking Drinks & Pizza Function (The Swill Bar)


Day 2: 

Session 4: Drones in Disaster Response

0915: Opening Remarks, Greg Tyrrell (Executive Director, AAUS)

0930: Use cases for RPAS in disaster recovery and aerial surveying, Amy Steiger (Cardno)

1000: RPAS Disaster Response, Rich Adams (Team Rubicon Australia)

1030: Drone Marine Rescue, Nige Austin (The Ripper Group) 

1100: Morning Tea break

Session 5:  Application of Drones in Environmental, Agriculture and Mining

1130: Drones in Agriculture – Myth vs Reality & what must Change, Fiona Lake (Fiona Lake Photography)

1200: TBC, Meg Kummerow (Fly the Farm)

1230: Using Drone in AG (Migration from Helicopters), Wayne Lording (Cloverdale Group)

1300: Lunch break

Session 6: Application of Drones in Environmental, Agriculture and Mining continued

1400: EPA Applications for RPAS, Mark Bond (EPA Victoria)

1430: TBC, Andrew Chapman (AUAV)

1500: From Underground to Overhead; a unique perspective on an Australian drone development capability, Dr Dawid Preller (Australian Droid + Robot)

1530: Closing Remarks, Greg Tyrrell (AAUS)


Networking Function

A network drinks function for AAUS conference delegates and AAUS members will be held on one of the evenings.  Details to follow.

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