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.