The Association of Air Medical Service (AAMS) has announced a new restructured and re-timetabled conference following the postponement of the original 2016 Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) after rioting broke out in Charlotte, North Carolina, US, where the event had been due to be held.
AAMS said that the postponement has allowed it to listen to specific concerns some had regarding the original conference, and so has made changes in time for the rescheduled event, taking place between 13 and 15 December.
The first, and most obvious, change made is that the conference is now shorter than before. Pre-conference events will still take place, but have been shortened to the two days before the conference instead of the usual three. The exhibit hall should run for the normal time frame, though AAMS says it is ‘still working on the logistics’. The Association added: “The shortened time frame… should ease the longer time commitments typically required to attend AMTC for both attendees and exhibitors.”
The new date was specifically placed in December to address any concerns that those transport programmes or exhibitors may have had if they operate on the basis that a calendar year is a fiscal year. The new dates were also picked to try and avoid any other aviation and healthcare conferences, or the holiday season.
AAMS said it wanted to thank everyone that has continued to support the conference. All attendees and exhibitors that have already registered will remain registered for the event. “Your collective support has made the best of very difficult circumstances for everyone who has been working on AMTC for close to a year, since our last gathering in Long Beach,” added AAMS.