Airservices talks technology at Safeskies 2015

23 Sep 2015

Airservices Australia Acting Chief Executive Officer Jason Harfield focused on the safety and efficiency benefits that will flow from advances in aviation technology at this year’s Safeskies conference in Canberra.

Mr Harfield took part in the Aviation Policy Group panel session held this morning, which included the Chief of Air Force, Civil Aviation Safety Authority and Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

Department Secretary Mike Mrdak outlined the key aviation issues facing the Australian industry and Mr Harfield expanded on the role advanced technology will have in service provision, airspace and air traffic management and civil military aviation harmonisation.

Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast had already resulted in significantly improved surveillance coverage of aircraft across the continent, including at lower altitudes, as well as closer tracking of oceanic flights across the Pacific, he said.

Meanwhile, Airservices Chair Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC joined a distinguished list of great contributors to the field of Australian aviation by giving the annual Sir Reginald Ansett Memorial Lecture at the conference dinner on Tuesday September 22.

Previous lecturers have included astronaut Dr Andy Thomas, former British Airways CEO Sir Rod Eddington and Qantas CEO Alan Joyce.

Widely-recognised as a pre-eminent event in the Australasian aviation industry calendar, Safeskies is attended by key industry leaders, regulators, government, operators and academia and Airservices is a sponsor of the biennial event.

Under a theme of ‘training for change’, Safeskies 2015 highlighted the rapid and dynamic change occurring in aviation from the demographics of our aviation professionals to the growth of remotely-piloted aircraft.