We’ve interviewed Minister Rich-Phillips a few times on the Plane Crazy Down Under show so I was keen to attend, record his presentation & say Hi once again. Having attended a previous Victorian Branch seminar last year, I was also looking forward to catching up once again with Charles Giacco (ALAANZ committee member & national student coordinator) and socialising with attendees after the presentation.
Gordon’s presentation provided a good overview of Victoria’s aviation infrastructure & industry as well as covering the state government’s efforts to expand aviation’s future within the state. I was very happy to hear that the state government is committed to keeping Melbourne & Avalon airports curfew-free as well as ensuring that developments at our airports do not impact on existing aviation operations (eg: Essendon’s owners wanting to shorten the main runway). They’re also continuing to invest large amounts in the development of regional airports to facilitate their use for emergency services and to provide business, medical & community services with good access to regional centers.
There was plenty of additional content as well as a good Q&A session at the end, all of which I’ll be writing up in a separate post. We may also include some of the audio in a future episode of Plane Crazy Down Under.
After the presentation we relocated to the Judges Common Room on the 2nd floor of the Old Registry Building for refreshments & socialising. As with the previous Victorian Branch seminar I had attended, the post-seminar mingling was rewarding for the chance to renew existing acquaintances & make new ones. Given ALAANZ members cover a range of aviation environments including airlines & airports, insurance, finance, safety, military and much more, the people attending are quite interesting & have a wealth of information. ALAANZ are also very active in recruiting student members which helps the students gain exposure to real-world issues & build the industry networks that will be of great benefit after they graduate.
The Victorian Branch seminars are open to non-members and attendance fees are very modest. I highly recommend these events for people with an interest in aviation law, regulations and procedures as well as for the valuable networking opportunities they can provide to anyone in the aviation industry. If you’re wanting to find out more about ALAANZ and the seminars, why not contact them and ask to be added to their events mailing list?