In Summary

The Victorian Minister for the Aviation Industry, Gordon Rich-Phillips, today opened Swinburne University of Technology’s Aviation Industry Conference, which brings together leading figures in the aviation industry to discuss a range of issues including the Malaysia Airlines MH370 case, balancing air traffic demand and capacity in Australia, and the changing trends in air travel.

The three-day conference - being held at Swinburne’s Hawthorn campus - will involve more than 300 aviation industry leaders, professionals, academics and researchers, with presentations from national and international industry figures.

“The conference has become a key event in the aviation calendar, and continues to be an excellent forum for industry experts, professionals, researchers and students to present and discuss the current and future directions and trends in the industry,” Swinburne Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Linda Kristjanson, said.

“It has been a pleasure to host the Minister for the Aviation Industry, who has had a keen interest in aviation since his teenage years and is also a pilot.

“Swinburne has had a long history of involvement in the aviation industry, not only in pilot training, but also in research. Our Aviation Simulation Laboratory, which was opened by the minister in 2012, plays a large part in that research.”

Conference organiser and Aviation Senior Lecturer, Dr Peter Bruce, said Swinburne was proud of its long association with the aviation industry.

“For more than 20 years Swinburne has offered aviation programs in both pilot training and aviation management with a focus on providing graduates to both the airline and airport sectors,” Dr Bruce said.

“Our pilot training is to the highest standards and our graduates hold positions in Australia and the world’s major airlines.

“Swinburne aviation graduates also pursue careers in many other exciting and diverse areas of the industry such as flight instructors, charter pilots, search and rescue and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.”

Speakers at the conference include senior members of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, Airbiz, the Australian Defence Force, Cathay Pacific Airways, Darwin Airport, Intrepid Travel, Jetstar Airways, Thales Australia and Virgin Australia.

Days 1 and 2 of the conference will focus on air transportation themes, while Day 3 focuses on human factors.

 What: Swinburne Aviation Industry Conference

When: 4-6 June 2014

Where: Advanced Technologies Centre (ATC), Swinburne’s Hawthorn campus, 427-451 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn, Vic