Positioning Australian aviation for the future

The challenge presented by ongoing growth in the Australian aviation industry was the key theme discussed yesterday at Airservices annual industry consultation forum, Waypoint 2011.
The forum, attended by Airservices key stakeholders, including airlines, airports, defence, policy makers and government, aims to create open dialogue on key industry issues.
 
In his opening address, Airservices Chief Executive Officer, Greg Russell, said that the organisation was focused on playing a key role with industry in meeting the challenges of the next decade and beyond.
 
An issue that stands out above the rest for the global industry during this next decade is the challenges of matching capacity with demand, Mr Russell said.
 
There are many political, infrastructure and operational issues involved in the industry meeting this challenge and they have implications for all of us."
 
An immediate issue is the rapid increase in demand in Western Australia and the large number of aircraft operating between Perth and mining towns during peak periods. This issue is well recognised by my colleagues in the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and we are working jointly on a number of initiatives especially around the further use of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) at lower altitudes in Western Australian airspace.
 
Airservices capital expenditure program for the next five years is substantial and includes navigation, surveillance and air traffic management projects that will deliver an enhanced capability. This includes moves towards satellite-based technology such as ADS-B, and the upgrading and replacement of ageing infrastructure.
 
We are preparing Airservices for this step change now and our vision for 2020 is to successfully connect the multiple parts of the Australian aviation industry to facilitate the delivery of world best industry performance, Mr Russell said.
 
Among the key speakers at Waypoint 2011 were the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon. Anthony Albanese, Hank Krakowski, former Chief Operating Officer of the US Federal Aviation Authority and Captain Richard de Crespigny, pilot in command of QF32. Among the panellists were Mike Mrdak (Secretary, Department of Infrastructure and Transport) and Ron Brent (Aircraft Noise Ombudsman).
 
This years Waypoint was a very successful event and one of a handful of opportunities for our industry to network and engage with key representatives from Australia and around the world, Mr Russell said.
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