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Avalon 2019

Avalon 2019

Defence Jobs Queensland at Avalon 2019

26 February-3 March, Avalon Airport, Geelong, Victoria

Queensland's leading aerospace and air defence organisations were on show to record-breaking exhibitor numbers and trade-day crowds at the Australian International Aerospace and Defence Exposition, Avalon 2019.

Defence Jobs Queensland exhibited at the event, hosting a group of industry partners on the Queensland Government stand.

The industry-only trade days attracted a record 698 participating companies, 161 official industry and government delegations, and a total of 38,952 attendees.

Avalon 2019 firsts included the Space Industry Association of Australia's "Reaching for the Stars – Growing Australia’s Space Economy" conference and the Australian Helicopter Industry Association's "Rotortalk" conference.

The event also provided a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) education platform for more than 1700 students throughout the week.

In addition to hosting industry partners on the Queensland Government stand, we held a targeted business networking reception and provided support for other Queensland organisations represented at Avalon 2019.

Industry partners joining us on the Queensland Government included:

  • AMS Aviation is a fully accredited CASA/EASA Part 145 maintenance repair organisation, providing full turn-key solutions to the Federal Government, Australian Defence Force, commercial regular public transport and general aviation industry for life support systems, maintenance and integrated logistics support. The company provides a sovereign responsive life-support equipment service and maintenance capability for aircraft slides, life rafts, life preservers and droppable search and rescue equipment across Australia.

  • Aqualuma provides a vast range of energy efficient LED Lighting products designed and manufactured in Australia. The company manufactures a range of LED Lighting products ideally suited to warehousing, factories, logistics, hangars, distribution centres, storage areas, cold stores and food grade facilities. Aqualuma provides a free initial lighting design service for all their clients to ensure the most efficient use of lighting fixtures, often reducing the number of fixtures needed to allow for the most cost-effective solution. Various state rebate scheme approved.

  • Asia Pacific Aerospace (APA) is an Australian company offering gas turbine maintenance, repair and overhaul for the GE-T700 series engines, as well as the Rolls Royce M250 and 300 series engines. APA is contracted to the US Navy for the T700 engines flown in the ROMEO helicopters by the Australian Navy. APA has facilities in Australia and Singapore.

  • Aviation Australia is a Queensland Government-owned globally recognised approved maintenance training organisation that provides a range of Defence related offerings including DASR licence exclusion removal training for all defence contractors, Defence transition pathways for staff leaving the ADF and a range of basic and specialist training courses tailored to customers’ requirements. With a range of approvals covering EASA, CASA and GCAA regulators our offerings include Part 66 category/sub-category licence training, aircraft type training, and a host of Part 145, Part 147 and Part M/42 consultancy services.

  • Black Sky Aerospace (BSA) is an industry leader in aerospace and defence environments. BSA specialises in payload delivery systems through proprietary propulsion systems, componentry and vehicles. Additionally, BSA provides access to calibration and simulation systems that redefines the way traditional data is acquired.

  • Flying Colours Aviation (FCA) is a leading aircraft repainting provider in the Australasia region, servicing the repaint and corrosion control requirements of civil and defence aircraft and operators. With the capability to strip and repaint aircraft up to Boeing 757-200 over the company’s two facilities, FCA has a proven track record, providing a full suite of high quality, innovative and environmentally sustainable services that ensures all aircraft are repainted to meet or exceed customer expectations.

  • Gilmour Space Technologies is a world-leading hybrid rocket company based in Queensland, Australia that is developing new space launch vehicles for payloads up to 400 kg. Launching into low earth orbits from 2020.

  • Helimods is a progressive technology organisation, dedicated to advancing the capability of rotary-wing operations worldwide. The company solves complex problems, backed by world-class technologies, facilities and infrastructure and is uniquely positioned to drive the realisation of new and enhanced operational capabilities for clients.

  • Hetech is an established Australian electronics design and manufacturing company delivering high quality advanced manufacturing solutions to the defence and commercial sectors for more than 25 years.

  • L3's Brisbane division, L3-Micreo leads the way in information warfare in Australia. Specialised in advanced wideband RF and photonics across the electromagnetic spectrum, the company provides high-reliability solutions to detect, guide and protect in extreme environments. Their field-proven equipment is installed in front-line military aircraft across the globe, including the F-35, F/A-18, KC46, F-16, and Wedgetail AEW&C

  • Olympus Australia’s inspection and maintenance systems business is a world-leading manufacturer of innovative testing instruments that are used in industrial and research applications – ranging through defence, aerospace, power generation, petrochemical, civil infrastructure, automotive and consumer products. Olympus instruments contribute to the quality of products and add to the safety of infrastructure and facilities.

  • Orion Solar has been supplying solar powered LED lighting solutions for aviation, defence, marine, roadway, parks and transport industries throughout Australia since 2004. The company supplies, manufactures and distributes award winning hard wired and solar powered LED lighting solutions throughout Australia and the Oceanic region. Specialising in military airfield lighting solutions

  • Pacific Turbine Brisbane has Part 145 MRO, P&W PT6A and Honeywell TPE331 workshops for turbine modification, repair and overhaul. The company offers turbine engine solutions including engine management programs, engine exchange and outright sales; rental and leasing; and in-field repairs. Extensive parts stock (LRU’s, accessories, parts and hardware) are held at the Brisbane facility and supported by a highly experienced team of engineers and sales and technical representatives. The company also offers Part 145, FAA and EASA release certifications for engines and parts.

  • Permagard Aviation is a market leader in aircraft interior and exterior presentation, asset protection, cleanliness and hygiene. Operating since 2003, Permagard specialises in enduring protection for your aircraft, including Reactive Polymer coatings for exterior paint rejuvenation and protection, Antimicrobial Shield for bacteria and mould control for the interior of your aircraft; and Residual Disinfection along with our latest Bed Bug Killer gives long lasting and effective infestation control.

  • QUT is a major Australian university with a global outlook and a real-world focus. We are one of the nation's fastest growing research universities and our courses are in high demand. Key discriminators include a world-leading robotics and autonomous systems research group, corporate and executive education programs, and a collaborative and transdisciplinary approach to addressing government and industry needs.

  • TAE Aerospace, a 100% Australian-owned company, is Australia's premier maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider for military and commercial gas turbine engines. Selected as Asia-Pacific's MRO provider for the F135 engine which powers the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, TAE is also the region’s only Honeywell Authorized Service Centre for TPE331 engine overhaul and major maintenance, as well as TPE331 components. A leading provider of gas turbine engine test cells and advanced aerospace manufacturing, TAE's products are complemented by MRO services for engine components, avionics, wheels, tyres and brakes, and fire protection, suppression and rescue.

Defence team at Avalon 2019 - vox pops

Gilmour Space Technologies

AMS Aviation

Pacific Turbine Brisbane




Flying Colours

Olympus Australia

Black Sky Aerospace

Orion Solar

TAE Aerospace

Asia Pacific

Networking reception

On Wednesday 27 February 2019, DJQ hosted a reception for Defence and aerospace business leaders attending Avalon 2019, at Crown Towers in Melbourne.

The reception was attended by more than 180 representatives from industry, Defence and government. The Keynote address was delivered by the Queensland Government’s Strategic Defence Advisor for Aerospace, Air Vice-Marshal Neil Hart (retd).

Defence and aerospace business leaders’ networking reception - Avalon 2019

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Last updated: 08 Apr 2024