Governor of NSW tours Avalon Airshow

28 February 2019

On Wednesday 27 February, the NSW Government stand at the Avalon Airshow welcomed the Governor of NSW, His Excellency General David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d).

The Governor’s visit enabled him to meet with NSW defence and aerospace industry companies and highlight their role in support of Australian Defence Force capabilities.

The former Army General had a busy schedule for the day, touring the NSW Government stand and meeting with the 14 co-exhibitors, before being introduced to major aerospace and defence primes such as Northrop Grumman, Thales, BAE Systems, Raytheon and Collins Aerospace.

“Having His Excellency, a former military man himself, here at Avalon lends a huge amount of support to our efforts to promote the capabilities of NSW defence industry,” Director of Defence NSW Peter Scott said.

One of the co-exhibitors His Excellency met was Canberra-based Defcon Technologies. Established in 1999, it is a leading supplier, contractor and prime vendor of specialised products, capabilities and systems to federal and state government agencies and prime systems integrators.

Managing Director Nick Stokes said the company was demonstrating the latest innovations in tactical mobile ad-hoc radio communications networks via its partnership with US-based TrellisWare Technologies.

“The NSW Government Department of industry has enabled our presence at Avalon this year and we greatly appreciate their partnership with the ACT Government, which has helped promote a range of Capital Region SME’s including Defcon Technologies.”

Nowra-based SME Air Affairs Australia operates a fleet of Lear Jet aircraft to support ADF training operations, including target towing. They also manufacture target drones and are engaged in the development, carriage and operation of special application under-wing pods for government, defence and civil agencies.

Managing Director Chris Sievers said as the company grew and expanded its capabilities, it was important to maintain a strong public profile, especially at trade shows like Avalon.

“At the show we've been able to announce two partnerships which will boost our ability to provide high quality training to the Air Force and the wider ADF,” Mr Sievers said.

A veteran NSW co-exhibitor, Thomas Global Systems is a leading designer, manufacturer and exporter of complex avionics and electronic systems for both commercial and defence aviation applications.

CEO Angus Hutchinson said Avalon was a great event for the company as it gives the opportunity to showcase its products and capabilities to both its commercial and military customers.

“The NSW pavillion gives us great exposure to the market and helps us to get some really good traction with our customers,” Mr Hutchinson said.

“We’re promoting our flight deck displays on the commercial side, particularly for the retrofit market and on the military side we’ve got a new multi-function display for which there are a lot of good applications internationally, both for fixed-wing and rotary platforms.”

Another regular co-exhibitor, Jenkins Engineering Defence Systems (JEDS) is a designer and manufacturer of electronic systems and sensors used across all three services of Defence.

Managing Director Peter Jenkins said the networking opportunities at the show were always good.

“For example, we’ve been able to talk with the Defence Innovation Network, also here on the NSW Government stand, with regard to taking advantage of university PhD researcher assistance.

“We’re also chasing some aerospace opportunities with established aerospace primes who are interested in utilising some of our testing capabilities for radars and radomes,” Mr Jenkins said.

From Sydney’s northern beaches, Warriewood-based Raymax Applications is a supplier of ultra modern laser systems used for advanced manufacturing.

Owner and physicist John Grace said many companies sell lasers, but most do not know how to use them as real tools.

“We do and we’re looking to raise our profile in this market area, introducing these unique and revolutionary capabilities we can offer to our customers.”

“3D metal printing, anti-counterfeiting, and general laser technology are our general areas of expertise and there are many applications for this in the defence and aerospace community,” Mr Grace said.