RAAA Convention 2024
RAAA Convention 2024


From 19-21 March, the RAAA Convention 2024 will highlight the issues, challenges and opportunities facing regional aviation in Australia and the region.

With topical conferences, gala dinner and golf day, RAAA Convention 2024 is the ideal mix of industry intelligence, advocacy and networking, over three days.

Tuesday 19 March

11:30 Golf Day (for 12pm Shotgun Start)
17:00 Reception / Drinks / Matt Hall air display

Wednesday 20 March

8:30-9:00 Registration

Official opening

Malcolm Sharp – Managing Director, Sharp Airlines, RAAA Chairman

Minister’s opening remarks

The Hon. Catherine King, MP – Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government (pre-recorded video presentation)

Aviation White Paper (Department)

Brendon Buckley – Assistant Secretary, Aviation White Paper, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts

Rob Walker – Chief Executive Officer, RAAA (moderator)

Sustainable aviation

Emma Whittlesea – Head of Partnerships, Stralis Aircraft

Chris Torta - Director Industry Consulting Asia Pacific, GE Aerospace Aviation Software

Alan Milne (moderator) – Chief Executive Officer, Skytrans

Tom Gallagher – Head of Climate Policy, Qantas
11:00-11:45 Morning tea / coffee break

Emerging technology in aviation

Bob Criner – Chief Executive Officer, Stralis Aircraft

David Campbell – Chief Executive Officer, Aerodrome Management Services (AMS)

Mark Skidmore – Chairman, Skykraft

Josh Tahmasebi – Product Director, ForeFlight (a Boeing Company)

Harrison Stanhope (moderator) – Chief Pilot and Head of Operations, Basair
12:45-13:30 Lunch

Advanced Air Mobility for regional aviation

Natasha Santha – Partner, LEK Consulting

Peter Smith - Interim Strategic Advisor, Advanced Air Mobility Cooperative Research Centre, Swinburne University

Max York – CEO, AMSL Aero

Mirjam Wiedemann – Lecturer and researcher in Aviation, University of New South Wales, School of Aviation; Managing Director Wiedemann Consultants GmbH

Jim Davis (moderator) – Director, Rex Airlines, RAAA Director

Tomorrow’s regional aircraft
Laurent Janitza – Sales Director, ATR

Fernando Grau – Market Analyst, Embraer

Lachlan Cullen – Director, SkyCourier Asia, Textron

Michael McConachy (moderator) – Managing Director, Aviair/Nexus Airlines, RAAA Director
15:15-15:45 Afternoon tea / coffee

Airlines of the South Pacific - collaborating with Australia

Brett Gebers – Chief Executive Officer, Nauru Airlines

Frank Wickham – Chairman, Solomon Airlines

Ewan Smith – Managing Director, Air Rarotonga

Philippe Busson – Chief Operating Officer, Air Caledonie

Athil Narayan - Chief Operating Officer, Fiji Link and Global Cargo, Fiji Airways

Scott McMillan (moderator) – Managing Director, Alliance Airlines

Close of Day 1

Rob Walker – RAAA Chief Executive Officer
18:00 Pre-dinner drinks

Gala Dinner

Vince Sorrenti – Master of Ceremonies

Thursday 21 March


Airservices - ATC into the future

Jason Harfield – Chief Executive Officer, Airservices Australia

Shannon Wells (moderator) – Managing Director, Airlines of Tasmania, RAAA Finance and Administration Committee Vice Chairman

MRO / Supply chain challenges

Sam Clark – Head of Procurement and Part Sales, Alliance Airlines

Craig Jones – Chief Executive Officer, CJ Aerospace

Daniel Stromski – Managing Director, DA Aviation

Carl Jepsen (moderator) – Chief Executive Officer, GAM Group, RAAA Convention Committee Vice Chairman
10:30-11:15 Morning tea / coffee

CASA - Current priorities

Pip Spence – Chief Executive Officer and Director of Aviation Safety, Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA)

Terry Horsam – Aviation Safety Advisor, Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA)

Executive Q&A Panel – Andreas Marcelja, Executive Manager, Stakeholder Engagement Division

Executive Q&A Panel – Steve Campbell, Executive Manager National Operations and Standards Division

Executive Q&A Panel – Matt Bouttell, Executive Manager Regulatory Oversight Division

Mark Wardrop (moderator) – Director, Chartair, RAAA Vice Chairman

Community of Aviation Peer Support (CAPS)

Malcolm Sharp – Managing Director, Sharp Airlines, RAAA Chairman

David Anderson – Managing Director, Flight Safety Foundation

Tony Merritt – Clinical Psychologist, Sydney Clinical Psychology
12:45-13:45 Lunch
13:45-15:00 Breakout sessions

Breakout Session – Flight Training

Lea Vesic – Director, Aviation Academy, RMIT University

Patrick Murray – Flight Training Consultant, Aviation Australia

Harrison Stanhope – Chief Pilot and Head of Operations, Basair

Mori Hajizadeh – Industry Engagement Manager, Industry Skills Australia

Adrianne Fleming (moderator) – Head of Flight Operations, Tristar Aviation, RAAA Vice Chairman

Breakout Session – Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (LAME) Training

Russell Quinn – Business Development Manager, Aviation Australia

Sheridan Austin – Aviation Specialist, Aviation QMS

Matt Wheatley – Managing Director, Sigma Aerospace

Chris Hudson – Industry Engagement Partner, Manufacturing Industry Skills Alliance (MISA)

Leif Mawson (moderator) – Aviation MRO Sales Manager, Quickstep
15:00-15:45 Afternoon tea / coffee

RAAA Board

Golf Day Presentations


Close of Convention

Malcolm Sharp – Managing Director, Sharp Airlines, RAAA Chairman
16:30-18:00 RAAA Hosted Drinks

For more information: raaaconvention@amda.com.au