General Aviation Advisory Group takes flight

Media Release

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17 February 2017

  • New General Aviation Advisory Group formed to address concerns around the General Aviation sector.
  • The group will report directly to the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.

The Australian Government is continuing its efforts to improve consultation with the General Aviation sector with the establishment of a new industry-driven advisory group.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said he was looking forward to the commencement of the Advisory Group and meeting the members at an industry round table being held at the upcoming Avalon Airshow.

"The General Aviation Advisory Group will ensure the industry has a voice at the heart of Government by providing advice directly to me on matters affecting the sector," Mr Chester said.

"Members, including the Chair Martin Laverty, CEO of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, have a range of expertise across a wide spectrum of general aviation activities from flight training through to manufacturing and maintenance.

I am looking forward to the feedback and ideas on the future direction of our general aviation sector," Mr Chester said.

Mr Laverty said the government and the aviation industry both want safe skies, industry growth, and less red tape.

"There is dividend to be gained for the aviation industry in recasting the way it engages with policy and regulatory debate by working to develop a cohesive constructive voice. I want to see the General Aviation Advisory Group achieve this potential," Mr Laverty said.

The newly formed Advisory Group will also act as a reference group for the General Aviation Study being conducted by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics, which was announced last year by the government.

Mr Chester said the study is examining the current state of general aviation in Australia, and will identify the challenges and potential opportunities for the sector.

"The study is well underway, with the study team having already consulted with a range of industry associations and businesses across multiple jurisdictions.

"Together with the Advisory Group we can work towards the common goal of a safe, growing and sustainable general aviation industry," Mr Chester said.

The first formal meeting of the Advisory Group will take place in mid-March 2017 in Canberra.