The Asia Pacific Summit for Aviation Safety (AP-SAS) 2023 was held from 22 to 24 Mar 2023 at Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Singapore. Over three days, some 450 senior leaders and aviation professionals from regulators, airlines, aircraft manufacturers, maintenance organisations, air navigation service providers and aerodrome operators from across the Asia Pacific region came together to discuss aviation safety challenges and initiatives. AP-SAS 2023 was organised by the Flight Safety Foundation and Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, as a relaunching of the Singapore Aviation Safety Seminar, which, prior to the pandemic, had been held annually since 2015.
A highlight of the event was the announcement that the Flight Safety Foundation was setting up a new Asia Pacific Centre for Aviation Safety in Singapore to help aviation stakeholders in the Asia-Pacific region raise safety standards and capabilities to restart and ramp up operations safely as air travel recovers to pre-pandemic levels. The establishment of the Centre was announced by Mr. S. Iswaran, Singapore’s Minister for Transport and Minister-in-charge of Trade relations at the opening of AP-SAS 2023.
For a start, the Centre will work on three key projects in 2023:
(1) Regional Safety Assessment.
(2) Safety Culture Leadership.
(3) Pilot Competency and Training Capabilities.
AP-SAS featured three tracks: Air Navigation Services/Aerodrome, Flight Operations and Engineering. AAIS Chief Executive, as a member of the AP-SAS Programme Development Committee, had the pleasure of chairing the Engineering track and summarising the discussions, at the Wrap Up session on Day Three. The two Engineering workshops on ‘Procedural Drift and its Effects’ and ‘Leveraging the Predictive Maintenance Regime’ featured speakers representing Airlines, OEMs and MROs – Singapore Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Air France, ST Engineering Commercial Aerospace, Lufthansa Technik, Boeing and Rolls-Royce.