Aviation Industry Development Project


RDA initiated this project based on economic opportunities and threats. Based on global demand for pilots and aviation mechanics, aircraft and the increasing utilisation of drones, RDA could see emerging opportunities for training and supply chains. RDA also identified the threat of these shortages to regional aviation operations, such as those of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, REX Airlines and general aviation services such as charters, crop dusting and aerial mustering.

In 2019 RDA secured funding from the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning (DSDMIP) and engaged consultant, QINETIQ Pty Ltd, to produce a report addressing the development of the aviation industry in the North and North West Queensland region.

The report provides a detailed SWOT analysis for aviation industry development in North and North West Queensland including a list of opportunities that could be developed.

Townsville helicopters talks about aviation Opportunities.

Listen to Tom Joynson, from Townsville Helicopters about opportunities in the Aviation Industry.

RDA on aviation industry development

Learn more about our Aviation Industry Development Project by watching the video below.

Update from Townsville Airport

Recently we sat down with Townsville Airport and learnt more about the impact of COVID on the airport and discussed the recent Meenan St upgrade.

Charter for aviation Skills

Companies and member associations of all sizes are invited to collaborate with the RDA to promote future careers and skills development in support of the defence, aerospace and aviation industry sectors. We are inviting you to sign on to the Charter to help focus and grow the many aviation skills activities that already exist in Australia and to create a truly collaborative and consultative movement for positive change.

Read the Charter, which has a straightforward five-point plan, and sign onto support the charter yourself.


consultative workshops

RDA hosted consultative workshops with industry and government stakeholders in December 2019 to help determine and prioritise the aviation sector business and economic development opportunities. During this process, RDA was able to gain further insights into regional challenges and opportunities and as a result, RDA has updated the SWOT Analysis to incorporate these comments. 

You can download the adjusted SWOT analysis below.



RDA has completed in-house research work on the mid to higher level priorities identified in the workshops. We have engaged with a range of key stakeholders through workshops and one on one meetings to determine the most appropriate opportunities to progress. We now begin work on developing some of the identified opportunities into economic development projects for our region.


interested in the project?

To learn more about the project, you can review the doucments above or get in touch with our Project Manager to discuss the opportunities.

Please be in touch with Erin Kiernan, Project Manager on 07 4410 3655 or via email: