The biennial Rotortech conference and exhibition is being postponed from its original June dates to take place between 14 and 16 October.
The AMDA Foundation, which organises the helicopter systems and unmanned flight showcase, made the decision to provide attendees with clarity.
Chief executive Ian Honnery said, “The preservation of public health will always be our paramount commitment.
“Although government restrictions on gatherings and travel may be lifted by our original June dates, we have decided to act early and delay Rotortech 2020 to October in order to provide clarity for our stakeholders.
“This will allow the industry to focus on managing through the COVID-19 crisis, with an October Rotortech 2020 then bringing the community together as a strong industry recovery event before operators are fully committed to the coming fire season.”
This year’s three-day program will feature helicopter manufacturer technical workshops, the Australian Helicopter Industry Association’s annual conference, a maintenance and repair organisation (MRO) conference and sessions on recent aerial firefighting experience, airborne law enforcement operations and heli-mustering.
It will also showcase an Australian Association for Unmanned Systems (AAUS) conference, unmanned vehicle exhibitors, sessions on unmanned flight as well as more than 100 helicopter and unmanned flight-related companies.
First held in 2014, Rotortech 2018 attracted 996 attendees over three days, with 20 speakers presenting across 22 sessions.