Past Events

Events 2024
  • AAIS HOST Networking Evening 2Q2024

    AAIS successfully hosted its second networking session of the year on the evening of May 21st, at the Paradox Hotel. The event drew a strong turnout, with over 60 attendees representing diverse organisations from across the aerospace industry. There was a distinctive presence of new faces underscoring the continued growth and dynamism of the sector and the association.

    Mr Desmond Goh, AAIS Honorary Treasurer, warmly welcomed guests on behalf of the management committee and secretariat. Communications Manager Ann Majid followed with a presentation highlighting to keep members informed of recent and upcoming activities and opportunities.

    The vibrant atmosphere throughout the evening provided fertile ground for lively conversations and valuable networking opportunities. The evening concluded with a fun and engaging Lucky Draw, where five lucky attendees walked away with attractive prizes such as hotel stays and buffet vouchers.

       

    We extend our sincere gratitude to our gracious and generous venue partner, Paradox Singapore Merchant Court, for providing a beautiful and inviting setting, along with delectable food at the Crossroads Bar. We also express our appreciation to our event sponsor, Workforce Singapore, for their continued support.

    The quarterly AAIS Networking sessions serve as a catalyst for stronger relationships within the aerospace community. We look forward to hosting similar events in the future and providing platforms for industry professionals to connect in a convivial atmosphere. Keep an eye out for the soon-to-be-released event calendar for the second half of the year, packed with ways to get involved!

     

     

  • AAIS New Members’ Night 2024

    The AAIS Annual New Members’ Night was held on 16 May 2024 at the Singapore Island Country Club. The evening served as a warm welcome to our newest corporate members who joined AAIS during the past year.

    The evening buzzed with excitement as participants eagerly connected with fellow members in vibrant interactions from the get-go. The programme officially kicked off with introductions of the AAIS Management Committee and our new members. AAIS President Mr Wong Yue Jeen extended a heartfelt welcome to all the new members, sharing insights into the work of the Association and highlighting key areas of focus such as supply chain resilience, quality and safety, talent pipeline development, and the continued promotion of transformation and innovation within the industry. Engaging conversations flowed freely throughout the evening, with many attendees lingering well past dessert to continue networking and building connections.

    We extend a warm welcome to our new members which each add a vibrant thread to the rich tapestry of our aerospace community. To contribute to these vital industry initiatives and benefit from the extensive knowledge and networks of the industry, join us as a member. Find out more and apply at https://aais.org.sg/membership-information/  

  • AAIS Bowling Tournament 2024

    The AAIS annual Bowling Tournament returned with a bang on 11 May 2024, held at Orchid Bowl within the Orchid Country Club. The event brought together 32 teams from across the aerospace industries, all vying for friendly bragging rights and a chance at the championship title.

    The atmosphere buzzed with excitement as teammates cheered each other on, erupting in celebrations for every strike and spare. A genuine sense of camaraderie was evident highlighting the strong sense of community within the industry. The tournament also featured exciting novelty games like “4 Bagger,” “7-10 splits,” and “5 Stand-alone,” injecting an extra layer of fun and friendly competition into the event. These challenges kept participants on their toes and added a touch of lightheartedness to the competition.

     

    A hearty congratulations to our champions from Singapore Aero Engine Services Private Limited (SAESL), who retained their title for the second year running! The team SIA Engineering Company secured the first runner-up position, while keglers from Bestlabs Singapore Pte. Ltd. bagged the second runner-up spot. Individual achievements were also recognised, with Tan Chee Guan from SIAEC and Nurul Aisyah Atriyanie from GE Aerospace achieving the highest scores in their respective categories.

    Team Prizes Company/ Team Name Score
    Team Champion Singapore Aero Engine Services Pte Ltd/ SAESL A 2044
    1st Runner-up SIA Engineering Company Ltd/ Team SIAEC 2000
    2nd Runner-up Bestlabs Singapore Pte Ltd/ BLS Team 1 1926
    Individual Prizes Name/ Company Score
    Best Male Overall Mr Tan Chee Guan/ SIA Engineering Company Ltd 634
    Best Female Overall Ms Nurul Aisyah Atriyanie Bte Noor Azman/ GE Aerospace 509

    AAIS BOWLING TOURNAMENT 2024 – Full Team Results 
    AAIS BOWLING TOURNAMENT 2024 – Individual Results

    The AAIS Bowling Tournament was once again a resounding success, solidifying its place as a much-loved industry tradition. We thank the aerospace community for their enthusiastic participation in this fantastic corporate team-building event! A special thank you also goes to our Management Committee member Matthieu Pere, CEO of Safran Electronics & Defense Services Asia Pte Ltd, for presenting the awards to our well-deserved winners. We look forward to seeing everyone again for another thrilling bowling competition next year! In the meantime, look forward to more sporting tournaments including Futsal and Golf in the second half of the year!

    Check out and download photos from the event here!

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    Credits: Aerophotoworks for AAIS

     

     

  • Mediation in Aviation: A Win-Win Approach

    Together with the Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC) and the Hague Court of Arbitration for Aviation (HCAA), AAIS was pleased to co-organise a seminar on Mediation in Aviation: A Win-Win Approach to Dispute Resolution held on 17 April at the offices of Rajah & Tann Singapore. The seminar was held specially for AAIS and industry members following the MOU signing between HCAA and SIMC in February, on Asia’s first specialised mediation framework for the aviation industry.

    In the first part of the programme, Antony Lee, Director of Strategic Engagement at SIMC provided an overview of the benefits of mediation, including the differences between litigation, arbitration and mediation. Mediation was highlighted as a cost-effective and efficient dispute resolution tool that focuses on the interest of the parties involved. 90% of mediations administered by SIMC take only one day, with a settlement rate of over 70%. Lee also took participants through a typical mediation process, factors affecting the costs of mediation, as well as the roles played by the skilled mediator.

       

    In the second part of the programme, Paul Ng, Partner at Rajah & Tann and co-head of the Mediation Standing Committee at HCAA delved into the intricacies of mediation in aviation disputes. He spotlighted the complexities of cross-border aviation disputes, particularly jurisdictional conflicts and enforcement challenges. The session culminated in an engaging panel discussion featuring Lee, Ng, and Mary Walker, an esteemed international mediator and barrister from Australia. The panellists and participants shared their experiences with mediation and discussed the approaches, rules of engagement, and mitigating potential challenges of mediation.

       

    The session was insightful and provided a refreshing perspective on resolving commercial disputes, which is relevant and important in the highly interconnected aviation and aerospace industries. We thank our esteemed partners and speakers from HCAA and SIMC for generously sharing their time and expertise. We also thank all attendees for their active participation and record our gratitude to Rajah & Tann for hosting the event.

     

  • Budget 2024: Implications for Business

     

    Budget 2024 addressed key long-term issues facing Singapore, including climate change, competition for talent and foreign investments, and social inequality. We are appreciative of Mr Teh Swee Thiam (Partner, Global Compliance & Reporting) and Ms Tracy Tham (Associate Partner, Business Incentives Advisory) of Ernst & Young for sharing the implications that Budget 2024 will have for Aviation and Aerospace businesses.

    Discussions covered the following topics:

    1. Tackling immediate challenges for businesses

    • Enhancement to the Enterprise Financing Scheme
    • Extension of SkillsFuture Enterprise Credit (SFEC)
    • Other Tax measures and rebates

    2. Bolstering business competitiveness and Pursuing better growth and jobs

    • Enhancements to The Partnerships for Capability Transformation (PACT) Scheme
    • Introduction of Refundable Investment Credit Scheme
    • Introduction of additional concessionary tax rate tiers

    3. Securing climate resilience

    • Enhancements to Energy Efficiency Grant
  • RSAF Members Visit Bell Textron Asia

    RSAF members were treated with a good start to the year’s learning journeys, with Mr Mark Loh, General Manager of Bell Textron Asia hosting us on 21 March 2024 at the Seletar Aerospace Park maintenance facilities. Following a briefing on Bell’s aircraft line-up and global footprint, members were treated to a guided walk-though of both the helicopter and business jet hangars. This included a close look at the comprehensive suite of capabilities available, from structures, component and avionics/electrical workshops, paintshop to warehouse. There was much to see and learn, even for the seasoned engineers among the visitors. Not least was hearing from Mark about his inspirational career transition from AFE to the commercial world, and eventually, to leadership of a regional organisation in a major commercial aerospace organisation.

  • MOU Signing with KOSME, S. Korea

    AAIS and the Korean SMEs and Startups Agency (KOSME) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 20 Mar 2024 to facilitate business cooperation between AAIS members and promising Korean startups. The MOU was inked by Mr Kang Seog Jin, President, KOSME and Mr Wong Yue Jeen, President, AAIS.

    In his opening remarks, Mr Wong noted that the aviation and aerospace industries placed great store on leveraging technology, fostering innovation, and attracting talents as ways to develop a more resilient and sustainable aerospace ecosystem. Mr Kang likewise expressed hope that the MOU would lead to greater cooperation between Korean SMEs and Startups and Singapore industry, adding to the ongoing efforts of K-Startup Center Singapore.

    Following the discussion and MOU signing, Mr Kang signed the guest book and together with Korean delegates, was briefed on developments at Seletar Aerospace Park.

     

     

  • Drones and Uncrewed Asia 2024

    The Singapore UAS Community by AAIS had a good two days (6-7 Mar 2024) at Drones & Uncrewed Asia, supporting our members and engaging with regulators and industry. We also kick-started our preparation for the 2024/2025 edition of the Singapore UAS Directory.

    Compared to last year, the drones component of the show has grown. We were particularly encouraged by the growing participation of our members: Viasat, Avetics Global, Heron AirBridge, SwissDrones, Temasek Polytechnic, Thales and YJP Surveyors.


    There was a lot going on with the drones theme now sharing the main stage, in addition to the parallel sessions at the UAV Innovation Theatre. A keynote and two panel discussions were featured:

    1. Harmonising operational procedures: converging paths towards standardisation

    Moderator: Mr Sia Kheng Yok, Chief Executive, Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore)

    Speakers:

    1. CPT Illyaquila Fateen Ismail, Assistant Director, Flight Operations Division, Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia
    2. Mr Mudzkkir Hatta, CEO, Malaysia, Aerodyne
    3. Ms Kristen Mineck, Manager, Aviation Requirements and Standards, Viasat
    4. Ms Teo Shiqi, Head, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Unmanned Systems Policy and Regulations Division, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore

    2. Going global: How the Asia Pacific region is leading the way in autonomous aviation

    Moderator: Mark ter Hove, Senior Manager, AAM/UAM, Viasat

    Speakers:

    1. Mr Ryan Lee, CEO, Heron AirBridge
    2. Mr Sanjay Suresh, GM, Drone Services APAC, Skyports
    3. Ms Lee Siu Min, Regional Director, Business Development APAC, Viasat

     


    The now customary Singapore UAS Community drinks reception was held on Day 1 and co-hosted by Viasat. As always, we had good conversations in a conducive setting, with industry leaders. Thank you to all who joined us. Our appreciation goes especially to sponsor, Viasat.

  • Singapore Pavilion Shines at Singapore Airshow 2024

    The Singapore Pavilion at the Singapore Airshow 2024 was a hive of activities, marking another successful showcase coordinated by AAIS. From 20 to 25 February 2024, the biennial Singapore Airshow was back in full swing, bringing together industry leaders and professionals from the aviation, aerospace and defence industries.

    Groundwork for the Singapore Pavilion commenced well in advance, with planning and coordination in the months prior, through the Christmas and holiday season. AAIS held an exhibitor briefing in early January, setting the stage for participants. Additionally, a preparatory seminar titled “Unlock Procurement Wins” was held on 25 January, featuring speakers from Arc Blue and Shipley, covering changes in aerospace procurement and strategies for business success.

    Diverse Capabilities & Next-Generation Solutions

    The Singapore Pavilion featured a diverse range of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), with 27 exhibitors, more than twice the number compared to its previous iteration. Notably, over half of these exhibitors were making their debut appearance at Singapore Airshow 2024, highlighting innovations in areas such as advanced manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence, and sustainable solutions. An array of capabilities and solutions for aerospace manufacturing, MRO value-chain services, airport and ground support, defence, engineering and development, logistics, parts, tools, materials and others were on display. In particular, the Pavilion showcased the ecosystem’s strengths in:

    1. Special Processes and Surface Finishing: Featuring companies certified to provide vital surface treatment processes for OEM and MRO parts, completing the aerospace supply chain.
    2. Innovation and Technology: Exhibitors showcased cutting-edge technologies, including Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems (CUAS), Robotics, Automation, and AI, driving advancements in emerging industries.
    3. Green Solutions: Singapore SMEs highlighted sustainability, presenting Ground Support Equipment (GSE) and sustainable procurement materials, contributing to net zero ambitions.

     

    VIP Visitor Highlights:

    Throughout the Trade Days, the Singapore Pavilion attracted significant foot traffic, including VIPs and foreign delegations. Notable visitors included:

    • Senior Minister of State Ministry of Defence & Ministry of Manpower, Mr Zaqy Mohamad;
    • Permanent Secretary (Development), Ministry of Trade and Industry, Dr Beh Swan Gin
    • Chairman of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), Mr Png Cheong Boon;
    • Enterprise Singapore Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Mr Soh Leng Wan; and
    • Foreign delegations comprising senior defence decision-makers.

     

    On Public Day, the Pavilion continued to garner attention, with Singapore Pavilion exhibitors receiving visits from Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies, Mr Heng Swee Keat; and Minister of State, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth & Ministry of Trade and Industry, Mr Alvin Tan.

    View more pictures of the Singapore Pavilion at this Aerophotoworks Photo Gallery.

    Media Attention and Publicity:

    In the lead-up to and during the week-long trade event, the Singapore Pavilion and its exhibitors received attention from the media, garnering coverage from mainstream, business, industry, and social media outlets. Here are some notable mentions:

    • Aviation International Online:  “Singapore Set to Shine at This Year’s Airshow” Read more
    • MONEYFM (Live) – Mind Your Business: Hosted a segment titled “What’s in the skies? Unveiling the secrets of Singapore’s aerospace growth” Listen
    • Power98FM/Camokakis – In the News: “Singapore Aerospace & Airshow 2024”  Listen
    • ChannelNewsAsia: “Singapore grooms talent, looks to scale up infrastructure to meet demand from aerospace industry” Read more
    • Minister of State Alvin Tan on LinkedIn. View post
    • Enterprise Singapore on LinkedIn. View post

     

    List of Singapore Pavilion Exhibitors

    To find out more about the exhibitors or to contact them, download the Singapore Pavilion Guide here: SG Airshow Exhibitors Guide


     

     

  • China-Singapore Bilateral Aviation Forum

    AAIS is delighted to have successfully held our first jointly organised event with the Chinese Society of Aeronautics and Astronautics (CSAA). The China-Singapore Bilateral Aviation Forum held on 22 February at Singapore Airshow 2024, brought together business leaders, officials and academics from China and Singapore to exchange ideas on the development of the aviation and aerospace industry in the region.

    Amidst the anticipated robust growth in the Asia-Pacific fleet and passenger traffic in the coming decades, the Forum facilitated extensive discussions on enhancing supply chains, exploring the next generation of air travel, and furthering global and industry sustainability goals. Emerging technologies and innovations such as digitalisation, generative AI, electrification, and Sustainable Aviation Fuel were among the hot topics of discussion.

    Addressing partners and attendees at the top of the event, AAIS President Mr Wong Yue Jeen iterated the shifting nexus of commercial aviation towards China and the Asia Pacific region in the next decades. Fueled by strong demand for air travel, investments in infrastructure to expand capacity, and rising domestic demand in China and low-cost carriers in Southeast Asia, the region is poised not only to lead but fundamentally reshape the aerospace ecosystem. Mr. Wong highlighted the tremendous potential for cooperation between China and Singapore, particularly with the advent of new frontiers in travel such as air taxis, drones, and space.

    In his opening remarks, Mr Yao Junchen, CSAA Vice Chairman and Secretary-General emphasised the significance of China’s debut at the Singapore Airshow, recognising it as a valuable opportunity for fostering business connections and exchanging technological insights. He also highlighted the recent establishment of the International Green Aviation Association (IAGA), comprising over 50 organisations and individuals worldwide and dedicated to advancing sustainability in aviation through technological advancements and global cooperation.

    The Forum featured presentations covering an array of topics, including the aviation market, Advanced Air Mobility (AAM), digital Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO), the future of airports, and industry trends. The lineup of speakers represented a diverse cross-section of the industry from both China and Singapore, showcasing expertise and insights from various perspectives.

    Presenting Speakers:

    • Mr David So, Senior Vice President Corporate Planning & Continuous Improvement, SIA Engineering Company
    • Ms Mabel Kwan, Managing Director, Alton Aviation Consultancy
    • Mr Xiao Erbin, Senior Commercial Director, EHang
    • Ms Ding Ling, Deputy Mayor, Langfang Municipal People’s Government and Director, Beijing Daxing International Airport Airport Economic Zone (Langfang) Management Committee
    • Ms Qian Lili, Deputy Director, Investment Promotion Bureau of Taicang City, Jiangsu Province

    Two panel discussions, featuring industry experts, delved into reshaping business strategies for sustainable growth in MRO and manufacturing. The discussions underscored the importance of building supply chain resilience, fostering collaborative partnerships, embracing data-driven customer-centric approaches, and prioritizing capability development. Speakers unanimously agreed that these factors were essential for positioning businesses to overcome challenges, enhance efficiency, and adapt to evolving market demands. There was also a strong consensus that international cooperation between the private sector, government, and research institutions was crucial for optimizing the entire aviation industry on a global scale. Speakers emphasised the need for coordinated and collaborative efforts to drive innovation and progress.

    Panel 1: Technological Innovation and International Cooperation in Aviation
    Moderator: Dr Kenneth Low, Associate Professor and Engineering Group Leader, Singapore Institute of Technology
    Panelists:

    • Mr Fu Jian, Associate Professor, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics
    • Mr Henry Hooi, Founder, Volar Ltd. and  Founding Member of IAGA
    • Mr David Schulte, Managing Director Marketing, India, South East Asia, and Asia Pacific, Boeing
    • Mr Guo Qing, Vice President, Embraer China

    Panel 2: Overview of Aviation MRO and Manufacturing Development
    Moderator: Mr Rahul Shah, Senior Vice President, Strategic Growth and Business Development – Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, AAR International
    Panelists:

    • Mr Desmond Goh, Managing Director, Eaton Industries
    • Mr Philip Sung, Director of Sales, Global Aftermarket & Asia OEM and General Manager, Auxitrol Weston Singapore
    • Mr Patrick (Peng) Wang, President, Shanghai Handao Technologies Company

    Overall, the Forum highlighted the importance of international cooperation in driving progress and innovation within the aviation and aerospace industry. It also provided a valuable platform for networking and relationship-building among speakers, participants, and the organisers, facilitating connections that could lead to tangible opportunities for collaboration, growth and development. AAIS extends our gratitude to our partners CSAA and Experia, for their invaluable support and contribution to this successful event.

     

  • AAIS International Networking Lunch & Spotlight Sessions

    The Singapore Pavilion continued to buzz with activities on Day 2, kicking off with the AAIS International Networking Lunch.

    Held on the astroturf of the Seletar-themed JTC booth, the luncheon saw exciting announcements, new connections and exchanges between attendees comprising AAIS members and partners, Singapore Pavilion exhibitors, as well as visiting delegations from Australia, Canada, France, Japan, and the USA.

    Launch of Aerospace Open Innovation Challenge

    A highlight of the event was the launch of the Aerospace Open Innovation Challenge (AOIC) which aims to foster collaboration and innovation between industry players and promising startups and SMEs within the aerospace industry. The AOIC is an initiative by JTC Corporation and Enterprise Singapore with support from AAIS and EDB and the first aerospace-focused innovation challenge in Singapore of such scale. Seven global aerospace companies  – Airbus, Bell Textron, Collins Aerospace, GE Aerospace, Jet Aviation, Singapore Component Solutions, and ST Engineering Commercial Aerospace – have issued 12 challenge statements in the areas of sustainability, productivity, and digitalisation. Startups and SMEs are invited to trial and scale their solutions, with more than S$500,000 in grants available to support the co-development and piloting of solutions. Corporates will also lend expertise and resources to nurture promising SMEs and startups in the aerospace field.

    Find out more about the AOIC here: https://aerospace.innovation-challenge.sg/en/challenges/aerospace-open-innovation-challenge-2024 

    HCAA-SIMC MOU on Specialised Mediation Framework for Aviation

    A second highlight of the lunch programme was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between two alternative dispute resolution institutions seated in Europe and Asia. A collaboration between the Hague Court of Arbitration for Aviation (HCAA) and the Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC) marks Asia’s first specialised mediation framework for the aviation industry. It promises a fast, flexible, and cost-effective mode of dispute resolution, crucial for the fast-paced and mission-critical aviation sector. Through the MOU, Hague CAA and SIMC will promote the incorporation of suitable model dispute resolution clauses in Asia’s aviation industry and collaborate on joint events and training opportunities.

    Following these announcements, attendees engaged in valuable networking opportunities over a delectable lunch spread. Amidst the lively conversations, guests also took some time to explore the diverse offerings showcased at the Singapore Pavilion.

     

    Spotlight Sessions @ Singapore Pavilion

    In the afternoon, AAIS organised Spotlight Sessions as a platform for members and partners to share new initiatives, pertinent topics and solutions with the industry. The Spotlight Sessions featured topics covering sustainable solutions and the application of cutting-edge technologies.
      
  • Singapore Aerospace Technology Leadership Forum 2024

    The Singapore Aerospace Technology Leadership Forum (SATLF) 2024 was convened on 19 February 2024, bringing together thought leaders and industry experts from leading global aerospace companies. Co-organised by A*STAR (the Agency for Science, Technology and Research) and the Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore) (AAIS), and supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board, this premier forum explored critical themes shaping the future of aerospace.

    The event was graced by Singapore’s Minister of State for Trade and Industry, Ms Low Yen Ling. In her opening address, Ms Low emphasised the significance of the aerospace sector in Singapore’s economy, highlighting its resilience and adaptability amid global challenges. She underscored the importance of innovation, research, and collaboration in driving the industry forward, reinforcing the government’s commitment to supporting aerospace technology development.

    Building on this message, the forum underscored the industry’s commitment to innovation and the development of aerospace technology towards a greener future for flight. Over two panel discussion sessions, nine Chief Technology Officers, many from the AAIS membership, shared breathtaking concepts of the future being developed today.

    In Panel 1 on Smart Aerospace, speakers delved into the transformative potential of digital technologies to revolutionise every aspect of aerospace operations. From integrating artificial intelligence to leveraging digital solutions and robotics, the panel explored ways to enhance aircraft manufacturing, maintenance, and overall industry resilience. The following industry leaders shared their insights:

    • Dr. Todd Citron, Chief Technology Officer, The Boeing Company
    • Dr. Francis Preli, Vice President, Propulsion & Materials Technologies, Pratt & Whitney
    • Mr. David So, Senior Vice President, Corporate Planning & Continuous Improvement, SIA Engineering Company
    • Dr. Sean Black, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Engineer, Spirit AeroSystems
    • Dr. Bernhard Quendt, Group Chief Technology Officer, Thales

    Moderator: Mr. Mervyn Tan, Chief Executive, Defence Science and Technology Agency

    The second panel on Net Zero 2050 focused on sustainability strategies towards the industry’s goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Discussions centred on the development and implementation of sustainable solutions for reducing the environmental impact of aviation. Leaders explored promising avenues, including the use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), electric and hybrid-electric propulsion technologies, and advancements in aircraft design that optimize fuel efficiency. Speakers for the session were:

    • Mr. Stephen McCullough, Senior Vice President, Engineering & Product Development, Bombardier
    • Mr. Todd Giles, Chief Technology Officer, Honeywell
    • Mr. Simon Burr, Group Director of Engineering, Technology & Safety, Rolls-Royce
    • Ms. Lee Hui Fung, Senior Vice President & Head, Innovation and Continuous Improvement, ST Engineering

    Moderator: Mr. Sia Kheng Yok, Chief Executive, Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore)

    In light of recent global disruptions, the forum also addressed the critical need for building strong and adaptable supply chains within the aerospace industry. Strategies put forth included diversification of suppliers, collaboration and sharing of resources, and leveraging technologies such as blockchain for enhanced supply chain transparency, advanced analytics for better demand forecasting, and additive manufacturing for on-demand production of critical parts.

    The forum concluded on a positive note, with participants expressing optimism for the future of Singapore’s aerospace sector. Emphasis was placed on the importance of continued investment in innovation, fostering collaboration across the industry, and nurturing a skilled workforce. The discussions also served as a call to action for the aerospace industry, setting the stage for driving the next wave of advancements.

    We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our partner A*STAR, speakers, and attendees for their invaluable contributions, insights, and active participation.

     

  • First RSAF Preparatory Training for M08 Basic Aerodynamics

    A key element of our RSAF membership programme is the SAR66 preparatory training we provide Member Plus+ candidates. We were delighted to kick off this programme with 29 members participating in the first session of M08 Basic Aerodynamics held on 17 February 2024. This was the first in a series of similar courses to be run throughout the year in accordance with our MOU with the RSAF signed in July 2023.

  • ‘Unlock Procurement Wins’ Seminar

    In the lead up to Singapore Airshow 2024, AAIS organised a seminar on 25 January 2024 to prime our members and exhibitors on the changes to the aerospace procurement landscape, and the strategy for winning new business. ‘Unlock Procurement Wins: Strategies for Suppliers’ was well-attended despite the inclement weather and also offered yet another good opportunity to network with other members.

    Chris Hampden from ArcBlue Consulting shared how commercial aerospace procurement had evolved. He noted how multiple events in recent times had disrupted the supply chain to varying degrees, including wars, political and economic tensions, the pandemic, resource shortages, closure of shipping routes, etc.  All this had increased business and operational risks for global manufacturers. Chris described how this translated into new priorities for supply chains, such as achieving a balance between global vs regional suppliers, cost effectiveness vs low cost, optimised inventories vs lean inventories, and derisking through multi-sourcing.

    Amy Lees from Shipley followed up with anecdotes from her extensive experience in bid and account management to discuss techniques for suppliers to determine their competitive position, and to communicate their offer in such as way as to increase the chances of success. She pointed out that a proactive approach was needed to engage potential customers on their needs and to pre-position one’s business for the eventual procurement exercise.

    The seminar concluded with a panel discussion on the practical aspects of responding to the insights shared. We thank Chris and Amy, and all participants for their active engagement.

    For those who missed the event, video recordings of the seminar will be posted when ready.

     

  • Visit by the Guangxi Education Bureau

    AAIS was pleased to host a group of 36 senior academics from various vocational institutes across the Guangxi province in China, to the Seletar Aerospace Park on 10 January 2024. The visit was facilitated by Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

    Mr Sia, Chief Executive of AAIS, gave an informative presentation to the participants. The sharing covered a range of topics such as the development of Seletar Aerospace Park, the overview of Singapore’s aerospace industry, as well as current topics of interest such as Sustainability and Unmanned Aircraft.

Events 2023
  • Propel Book Sharing @ Rolls-Royce

    AAIS was pleased to be invited by Rolls-Royce Singapore on 28 November 2023 to facilitate an internal sharing session on the rich history of the aerospace industry in Singapore.  This was held in conjunction with the recent launch of Propel, a commemorative publication by AAIS that delves into the legacy and development of the Singapore aviation and aerospace industries.

    The session featured Mr Goh Yong Kiat, the lead author of Propel. Mr Goh kicked off the session by delving into his journey and passion for documenting the history of Singapore’s aerospace industry and his research process, showcasing the various books he has authored on the subject throughout the years. He went on to share captivating historical anecdotes about the development of the industry, touching on the early presence of Rolls Royce in Singapore, and the engines that have powered various aircraft in service over Singapore since.

    A self-professed aviation geek, plane spotter and bird watcher, Mr Goh also shared many photos and images that that vividly illustrated the evolution of aviation and aerospace infrastructure as well as historical decisions and milestones in Singapore’s aviation history.

    At the end of the enriching session, participants also engaged in a Q&A with Mr Goh and took the opportunity to have their copies of Propel personally signed.

    We extend our sincere gratitude to Rolls-Royce Singapore for graciously hosting the session, Mr Goh Yong Kiat for his invaluable time and insights, and all participants for their keen participation and support of Propel.

     

     

  • AAIS 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner

    The Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore) proudly marked the culmination of its 20th Anniversary activities with an industry Gala Dinner held on 9 November 2023 at the Singapore Island Country Club. Mr Alvin Tan, Minister of State for Trade & Industry and Culture, Community and Youth, graced the occasion as the evening’s guest of honour. The Gala drew attendance from senior representatives of the AAIS membership, industry professionals, and valued partners.

    A Prelude to Celebration

    The festivities began with a vibrant pre-dinner programme, inviting guests to engage in various activities. Attendees perused and acquired copies of the commemorative book, “Propel,” at the book sales counter and explored the captivating “Flying Seeds” photo exhibition by Richard JW Koh. Amidst networking, guests enjoyed posing for instant digital photos and admired the 3D-printed AAIS logo showcase.

     

      

    Reflecting on Progress and Achievements

    The dinner programme commenced with an opening address by AAIS President, Mr Wong Yue Jeen, who shared insightful reflections on the Association’s journey, from its inception to overcoming challenges and achieving milestones. Mr Wong expressed his appreciation for the individuals, corporate members, industry professionals and leaders past and present for their contributions in building a resilient association that stands as an asset to the aerospace and aviation communities.

      

    The evening’s highlights included the launch of AAIS’s commemorative book, “Propel,” which chronicles the remarkable journey of Singapore’s aviation and aerospace industries, featuring stories and contributions from major aerospace players. The Association also launched the Promising Entrepreneurs Programme, designed to cultivate the development of next-generation leaders from local SMEs, equipping them with essential knowledge and skills to navigate the aerospace industry. Read more about the launch of Propel HERE, and the Promising Entrepreneurs Programme announcement HERE.

    Celebrating with Members

    AAIS took pride in celebrating its 20th Anniversary in the presence of members who were also marking significant milestones of their own including anniversaries, new investments, and expansions. The Association was delighted to receive a specially commissioned painting from Transfingo Group, a member celebrating its own 20th-year mark. The work by Singaporean artist Zhu Hong depicts the dynamism of aerospace and aviation in Singapore, its continuous evolution and the industry’s esprit de corps.

    From left: Mr Jeremy Chan, Chairman Transingo Aviation Solutions; Mr Wong Yue Jeen, AAIS President; Mr Kelvin Chung,
    Group Managing Director Transfingo Group of Companies; and Mr Sia Kheng Yok, AAIS Chief Executive.

    Honouring Long-Standing Members

    AAIS took the opportunity to recognise and honour long-standing members who have demonstrated unwavering support and commitment for 15 years and more. AAIS 1st Vice-President Mr Richard Wong presented certificates of recognition to representatives of long-standing member companies who were present at the Gala dinner.

    From left: Mr Brian Hunter, Parker Hannifin Singapore; Ms Defelyn Kim. Aerospace Component Engineering Services; Mr Desmond Lim, Wah Son Engineering; Mr Darren Wiggins, Meggitt Aerospace Asia Pacific; Mr Chu Pau Hua, Safran Landing Systems Services Singapore; Ms Emily Tan, Thales Solutions Asia; Mr Alister Beck, Element Testing Services; Mr Richard Wong, AAIS; Mr Foo Kean Shuh, SIA Engineering Company; Mr Rahul Shah, AAR International Inc; Mr Michael Oxborrow, ACP Metal Finishing;  Mr Patrick Curtin, Boeing Distribution; Mr Johnny Eng, Singapore Aero Engine Services; Mr Oliver Chamberlain, Rolls-Royce Singapore; Mr Francis Lim, Republic Polytechnic; Mr Ng Ker Wei, Ngee Ann Polytechnic

    The full list of long-standing AAIS members is as follows:

    Charter Members
    Element Testing Services (S) Pte Ltd
    Honeywell Aerospace Singapore Pte Ltd
    Satair Pte Ltd
    SIA Engineering Company Ltd
    Singapore Aero Engine Services Pte Ltd (SAESL)
    Thales Solutions Asia Pte Ltd
    Windsor Airmotive Asia Pte Ltd

    Ordinary Members
    AAR International Inc
    ACP Metal Finishing Pte Ltd
    Aerospace Component Engineering Services Pte Ltd
    AIM MRO Singapore Pte Ltd
    Boeing Distribution Pte Ltd
    Meggitt Aerospace Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
    Parker Hannifin Singapore Pte Ltd
    Prime Aerospace Pte Ltd
    Rolls-Royce Singapore Pte Ltd
    Safran Landing Systems Services Singapore Pte Ltd
    Tri-Wing Aviation Resources Pte Ltd
    Wah Son Engineering Pte. Ltd.

    Associate Members
    Aerospec Supplies Pte Ltd
    Hitech Heat Treatment Services Pte Ltd
    Nanyang Polytechnic
    Nanyang Technological University
    Ngee Ann Polytechnic
    Quality-Pulse Consultancy
    Republic Polytechnic
    Singapore Polytechnic
    Temasek Polytechnic

    A spirited “Yum Seng!” capped off the evening as members and guests joined AAIS long-standing members and the Management Committee in toasting to the Association’s 20th Anniversary and the continued success of the industry.

    Members and guests joined AAIS long-standing members and Management Committee toasting to the
    Association’s 20th Anniversary and the continued success of the industry.

    The 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner truly celebrated the community’s heritage and progress. We extend our sincere gratitude to our Platinum and Gold Sponsors for their generous support, which elevated the success of the event. Our heartfelt thanks to members for the congratulatory messages and to everyone for their presence at the gala dinner, reflecting the spirit of camaraderie within the aerospace community and contributing to the festive atmosphere.

       

        

     

    To view and download more photos from the event, visit the AAIS 20th Gala Dinner Instant Gallery.

    See also the Gala Dinner Supplement (Web), and the Media Release.

     

  • Launch of AAIS Commemorative Book, PROPEL

    In a culmination of activities marking 20 years of dedication to advancing the Singapore aerospace industry, the Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore) (AAIS) held a gala event on 9 November celebrating the heritage and progress of the Singapore aerospace and aviation sectors. At the heart of this celebration was the unveiling of a special commemorative publication – Propel.

    The launch unfolded with a trailer on the publication (see above) featuring Mr Goh Yong Kiat, who authored the main narrative of the book. With anticipation in the air, the evening’s guest-of-honour Mr Alvin Tan (Minister of State for Trade & Industry and Community, Culture & Youth) and AAIS President Mr Wong Yue Jeen took to the stage, joined by past presidents of AAIS – Mr Oh Wee Khoon (AAIS President 2003-2006) and Mr Philip Quek (AAIS President 2016 – 2021). Mr Tan and Mr Wong unveiled the cover of Propel, to the appreciation and applause of industry supporters present.

       
    Unveiling of the AAIS commemorative book, Propel. From left: Mr Oh Wee Khoon; Mr Wong Yue Jeen; MOS Alvin Tan; and Mr Philip Quek.

    AAIS was also proud to be joined by contributors and sponsors of the publication which were represented by senior executives for a group photo on stage.

    Guest-of-honour and representatives from sponsoring companies and contributors of Propel. From left: Mr Patrick Curtin (The Boeing Company), Mr Oliver Chamberlain (Rolls-Royce Singapore), Ms Marie-Agnes Veve (Airbus Singapore), Mr Iain Rodger (GE Aerospace), Mr Foo Kean Shuh (SIA Engineering Company), Mr Wong Yue Jeen (AAIS), Mr Alvin Tan (Minister of State for Trade & Industry and Culture, Community & Youth), Ms Glory Wee (Singapore Economic Development Board), Mr Shangari Meleschi (Pratt & Whitney), Ms Emily Tan (Thales Singapore), Mr Michael Oxborrow (ACP Metal Finishing) and Mr Cheam Hing Gee (Collins Aerospace).

    AAIS, with the strong support of the Singapore aerospace community, is proud to celebrate the milestones that have propelled the Singapore aerospace and aviation industries into the next frontier with the launch of this meaningful book. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the authors, sponsors and supporters who have contributed to the realisation of this unique and special publication. We also thank all industry members for their support of the book.

    ABOUT PROPEL

    Propel traces the humble beginnings and fascinating rise of aviation and aerospace in Singapore. The book’s central narrative explores the history of aviation in the island nation, from the first airfields of the Royal Air Force to the development of Changi Airhub. Interspersed between the central narrative are stories contributed by leading aerospace companies in Singapore as well as the Economic Development Board. The book also features a message by Mr Gan Kim Yong, Singapore’s Minister for Trade & Industry. Together, Propel paints a vibrant and collective portrait of the aerospace sector’s growth, alongside the flourishing of Singapore’s air transport industry.

      
    From left: Image of ‘Propel’ dust jacket and cover

    Authors
    Mr Goh Yong Kiat
    for Chapter 1: “Where Aviation Takes Off” through Chapter 6: “Airlines of Singapore” and “History of Singapore Civil Aircraft Registration”

    Ms Glory Wee
    for Chapter 7: “Growth and Transformation of Singapore’s Aerospace Industry” and “Creating a Community”

    Sponsors & Feature Contributors
    ACP Metal Finishing
    Airbus Singapore
    Boeing Singapore
    Collins Aerospace
    GE Aerospace
    Pratt & Whitney
    Rolls-Royce Singapore
    SIA Engineering Company
    ST Engineering
    Thales Solutions Asia

    Supporter
    Singapore Economic Development Board

    Bibliographic Details
    Publisher: Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore)
    Publication date: 11/2023
    ISBN: 978-981-5060-51-5
    Type: Softcover with Dust jacket
    Size: 216mm x 216mm
    Extent: 184 pages

    Copies are available for corporate or personal orders through the following LINK or the widget below.
    For media or bulk purchase enquiries, please contact Ann Majid via email to ann@aais.org.sg.

     

  • AAIS Promising Entrepreneurs Programme (PEP)

    As part of our commitment to propelling industry growth and nurturing the next generation of leaders in the aerospace sector, the Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore) proudly announced the inauguration of the Promising Entrepreneurs Programme (PEP) at its 20th Anniversary Gala dinner on 9 November. Tailored by AAIS, the PEP is a year-long programme that aims to provide next-generation SME leaders with the essential knowledge and skills to navigate the aerospace market and landscape.

    Singapore’s aerospace cluster is among the most developed in the region, offering promising opportunities for  SMEs. Nevertheless, it demands a high level of technical and business capabilities from its suppliers. Recognising this, the PEP was conceived to equip SME leaders with the necessary tools to understand, explore, and grow their businesses into the aerospace segments. These leaders, who are second, third, or fourth-generation members of family-owned businesses, either have taken over or are being prepared to take over the reins of their companies, and are actively exploring new capabilities, approaches, and markets.

    Going beyond theory, the PEP offers an immersive journey with industry visits, workshops, and curated activities for participants to gain an understanding and appreciation for the range of opportunities in the industry and network with OEMs, MNCs and fellow young leaders. Dr Koh Pak Keng, an entrepreneur and cold-spray technology expert, leads the programme, sharing his insights and experiences. The PEP will also be supported by Transfingo Group. Mr Kelvin Chung, its founder and Group Managing Director, is supportive of fostering the development of fellow SMEs in the spirit of mutual growth and advancement of the aerospace sector.

    The inaugural batch of the PEP includes a diverse group of SMEs, each contributing a unique perspective to the programme:

    1. Chee Fatt Co (Pte) Ltd
    2. Chemicals and Machinery Pte Ltd
    3. Chemtron Pte Ltd
    4. Fong Lee Metal Industries Pte Ltd
    5. KBG Contract Machining Pte Ltd
    6. Metalcool Pte Ltd
    7. Metall-Treat Industries Pte Ltd
    8. Sanxing Pte Ltd

    The PEP is just one example of how AAIS adds value to the aerospace industry, and we are excited about the positive impact it will have on the participants and in advancing the competitiveness of the industry as a whole.

    Launch of the Promising Entrepreneurs Programme at the AAIS 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner with next generation SME leaders  – (2nd from left) Mr Tony Moochala, Chemtron;
    (3rd from left) Mr Kwan Wai Yew, Chemicals & Machinery; 
    (5th from right) Mr Sean Wei Kwek, KBG Contract Machining; and (4th from right) Mr Kenneth Chan, Metalcool. 

    Minister of State Mr Alvin Tan interacting with participants of the PEP. 

     

  • RSAF AFEs visit Volocopter Showcase

    RSAF members had the opportunity to tour the Volocopter Showcase and ITE College Central hangar on 15 Nov 2023, in a visit coordinated by AAIS. We thank ITE and Volocopter for their kind arrangements.

    To begin, participants were given a briefing on the 3 aircraft types under development. These were the VoloCity for intracity travel, the VoloRegion for intercity flights and the VoloDrone for cargo flights (200 kg payload). The 2-seater VoloCity is pending initial airworthiness approvals by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), with first commercial flight expected in Paris in 2024. Plans for Singapore are initially for a tourism use case, with flights over Marina Bay and Kallang Basin.

    After an explanation and demonstration of the VoloPort check-in experience, participants were treated to a walk-round the full-scale VoloCity mock-up. This included a demonstration of its 18 rotors powered by low-noise electric motors, quick-swap battery compartment, and cockpit configured for autonomous flight. Participants also enjoyed a virtual reality flight experience.

  • 2nd EU-Asia UAS/UAM Symposium

    The 2nd EU-Asia UAS/UAM Symposium co-organised by EASA and CAAS was held from 7-11 Nov 2024 in Singapore. AAIS and local industry players were once again invited to present and participate in the sessions on 9 and 10 Oct 2023. Chaired by CAAS Senior Director and CTO Mr Tan Kah Han, the 2 days were an excellent time of exchange, learning and networking.

     

    Amongst other things, industry benefited from the summary of the prior 2 days’ discussions between regulators (below). It has often been discussed that harmonisation of regulations could help accelerate deployment of new UAS/UAM concepts and technologies. However, Mr Tan explained in his introduction that convergence was instead more realistic and also beneficial.

    Capacity and capability building for UAS and UAM regulatory development

    1. Organisation structure and regulations needed to evolve to complement evolving technology
    2. Staff training is needed to ensure that CAA is able to facilitate the needs of industry. “Can do attitude”
    3. Due to uniqueness of each State’s operation environment, it is more likely for regulations to converge than to be harmonised

    Drone regulations

    1. Rapid growth of UAS industry and varied use cases have led to an increase in complexity. The challenges posed in the areas of safety, security and resources were common to countries
    2. Authorities can consider developing adaptive regulations to deal with such challenges
    3. In making regulations, need to place attention on details such as language differences, simplicity for ease of understanding requirements, and the use of visuals to support implementation
    4. Collaboration is key. An open-minded attitude by regulators and industry is needed to accommodate diverse perspectives and innovative solutions

    Approaches to VTOL certification, validation and acceptance

    1. Certification requires close cooperation between State of Design and industry. CAA needed to rapidly build up specialist knowledge (e.g. electric propulsion)
    2. Stepwise innovative approach (initial mitigation with tight operational limitations that are gradually lifted with experience)
    3. Having a good CONOPS would help State of Registry and Operators to communicate with State of Design, and ensure operational considerations are included in the certification

    Entry into Service/Building a sustainable Innovative Air Mobility (IAM) hub

    1. Adapt current regulations to support EIS while being mindful of individual CONOPS
    2. Public and local authority acceptance is vital, and the industry should be involved in engagement efforts
    3. Trust needs to be built with all stakeholders to create a single source of truth for safety, privacy, noise and sustainability aspects.

    Approaches to Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management

    1. The different implementation architectures were discussed, and which services needed to be centralised and which could be provided by UTM SPs
    2. Noting that many countries will seek to deploy UTM as a cloud-based set of services, security was a key concern

    Day 3 and Day 4 discussions shed light on how VTOL and UTM were expected to take shape, as regulators and industry continued to engage on pioneering a path forward.

    UAS Operators – Industry Perspectives

    1. Collaboration between Industry and regulators to identify and overcome obstacles in carrying out UAS operations
    2. Approvals on an organizational level rather than an activity level can help ease regulatory burdens
    3. Policies need to be updated more frequently and agile in line with the evolving technology
    4. Positive community engagement by the regulator is important to show the community that drones are a reliable permanent offering

    Outlook of UAS/UAM Market Development

    1. Next phase of AAM development will focus on implementation
        • Tech need to outperform current modes of transport
        • Ability to take over existing routes
        • Create new demand
        • Scalable infrastructure
    2. Social Acceptance needs to be addressed
    3. Expanding the Aircraft Protocol will help to create support for investment and financing for scaling

    UTM Operators –  Industry Perspectives

    1. Many stakeholders involved. Important to bring technology, standards and regulations together
    2. Starting from cooperative traffic management, the path from regulatory strategic conflict detection to strategic deconfliction needs to be defined
    3. Involvement of the State in nationalization of services, ensuring national needs and guarantee the interoperability of UTM and nationalized services
    4. Different approaches (UTM services non-certified vs certified) and different architecture solutions (distributed vs federated vs centralized) are under debate
    5.  Academia can support with valuable studies and simulations

    VTOL OEM Perspectives

    1. Most manufacturers are choosing to advance stepwise from pilot on board first, to certain levels of automation, to autonomy
    2. Existing ATM will likely be able to support at the beginning due to the lower number of operations, but UATM systems will be needed due to the high number of operations in future
    3. Battery is a key technology, where continued research is expected to improve energy density, reducing weight and cost.
    4. The VTOL design will be scalable: the first entrant will be the least profitable: better battery will allow to increase payload and performance

    We thank EASA and CAAS for this visionary effort to level up both regulators and industry on the developments in UAM/UAS and to facilitate a platform for constructive dialogue.

     

     

  • Air Navigation World 2023: ATM Procedures for Today

    AAIS and its Air Traffic Management (ATM) sector members (ASI, Heron AirBridge, NATS, Frequentis, Thales, Viasat etc) attended the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) ‘Air Navigation World ATM Procedures for Today’ global conference hosted by CAAS in Singapore on 23-27 Oct 2023. Some 450 participants from 56 States, international organizations and industry from around the world gathered for focused knowledge exchange, with the goal of facilitating global implementation of mature ATM procedures.

    At the event, Mr Chee Hong Tat, Acting Minister of Transport, pledged a voluntary contribution of $200,000 towards ICAO’s Transformational Objective and cybersecurity programme. A further pledge of $100,000 was made by CAAS towards training and consultancy projects coordinated by ICAO in support of the Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS).

    The event also saw the signing of two Letters of Intent on the sidelines:

    (1) Asia-Pacific Trajectory-Based Operation (TBO) Pathfinder Project. Ten air navigation service providers (ANSPs) from China, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and the United States, the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO), and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) signed an agreement to jointly define, develop, and demonstrate TBO for the Asia-Pacific region within four years.

    (2)  South-East Asia – Oceania Implementation of Free Route Operations (FRTO) Project. Five ANSPs from Indonesia, New Zealand, and Singapore, CANSO, and IATA signed an agreement to identify applicable city pairs and flights, and validate the use of FRTO between defined cities within a year.

    Congratulations to CAAS on successfully hosting the event and putting a spotlight on Asia and the Pacific.

    To view video recordings on ICAO TV: https://www.icao.tv/air-navigation-world/season:2

    Read press releases:  https://lnkd.in/gYMsgqxp
    https://lnkd.in/g-GR7aVA

    Read Acting Transport Minister’s Welcome Remarks:  https://lnkd.in/gBvz9qJP

  • AAIS 21st Annual General Meeting

    The 21st Annual General Meeting of the Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore) took place on 20 October 2023 at the WingsOverAsia Lounge in Seletar Aerospace Park. AAIS members were present in good numbers, and early birds took the opportunity to catch up with each other before the commencement of the proceedings.

     

    The AGM commenced with opening remarks by AAIS President, Mr Wong Yue Jeen, who highlighted the industry’s promising path to recovery and growth. Referencing the Aerospace and Air Transport Industry Transformation Maps (ITMs), Mr Wong emphasised the Association’s role in advancing and promoting the aerospace and aviation industries. He noted that the association will continue its focus on key agenda items for the industry including Sustainability, Safety, Talent Development, and Supply Chain Resilience.

    Following the opening remarks were the Annual Report Presentation by Honorary Secretary, Ms Lim Hee Joo, and a financial performance overview of the past fiscal year by Honorary Treasurer, Mr Desmond Goh.

    During the AGM, AAIS members endorsed the FY2022/23 Annual Report and the audited Financial Report. Members approved the reappointment of Mr Paul Sandosham of Clifford Chance as Honorary Legal Advisor, and Ernst & Young as the Honorary External Auditor for the Association.

     

    Appreciation for the 13th Management Committee 2021/23

    The Association also recorded its appreciation to the 13th Management Committee for its leadership and support from the midst of the pandemic in 2021 to the post-pandemic period of recovery and growth. Two MC members who stepped down from the committee at the AGM were recognised:

    1. Mr Mads Bondergaard ​(AAIS 2nd Vice-President​ – October 2020 – October 2023​)
    2. Ms Yap Siok Leng​ (AAIS Assistant Hon. Treasurer​ – October 2021 – October 2023​)

    Appointment of the 14th Management Committee 2021/23

    Eligible AAIS members participated in an election to elect the new 14th Management Committee which will be serving a two-year term (until AGM in 2025). The election results for the 14th AAIS Management Committee were announced. We congratulate all elected members of the committee!

    Three AAIS Secretariat staff were recognised for their long years of service. The AGM formalities then concluded with closing remarks from re-elected AAIS President, Mr Wong Yue Jeen. Mr Wong celebrated the achievements of the association’s 20th Anniversary projects and highlighted AAIS’ involvement in the upcoming Singapore Airshow in February 2024.

     

  • Frequentis celebrates Asian Competence Centre opening with AAIS

    L-R: Frequentis CEO Norbert Haslacher, Dr Harald Mahrer, President of WKO, and Sia KY, Chief Executive AAIS

    AAIS was honoured to participate in the grand opening of the Asian Competence Centre (ACC) of our member, Frequentis, on 13 Oct 2023. The ACC showcases the operational capabilities of Frequentis’ safety-critical solutions including various simulators for air traffic management, and the Frequentis multimedia control room solution LifeX for emergency services. The occasion also marked the company’s 20th year since its incorporation in Singapore. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was presided over by Dr Harald Mahrer, President of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKO), Frequentis CEO Norbert Haslacher and Chief Executive AAIS.

    The event was graced by His Excellency Peter Guschelbauer, Austrian Ambassador to Singapore, VP Soo Haw Yun of EDB, Soh Poh Theen, Director Asia Pacific of CANSO, partners, suppliers and industry guests.

    Dr Mahrer lauded the strong business ties established with Singapore by Austrian businesses like Frequentis. Chief Executive Sia noted that AAIS was also celebrating its 20th anniversary as an aviation/aerospace community. He spoke of the business ecosystem envisaged by the recently refreshed Aerospace and Air Transport Transformation Maps and how the Asian Competence Centre could play a role in engendering conversations about future ATM systems and communications, catalysing co-innovation in airspace management. In his remarks, CEO Haslacher paid tribute to the dedication of Frequentis staff and spoke of the company’s long term approach to business and illustrated this with its 30-year relationship with Singapore supplier, Precision Technologies.

    Our congratulations to Frequentis on its 20th year in Singapore and the opening of its Asian Competence Centre.

    Photos: Frequentis, Soo HY, AAIS

  • 4th ASEAN Sustainability Forum

    4th ASEAN Sustainability Forum

    The 4th ASEAN Sustainability Forum was organised on the sidelines of the 48th ASEAN Air Transport Working Group meeting on 4 Oct 2023 at Amara Hotel, Singapore. This was the fourth such session under the two-year chairmanship of CAAS and once again, AAIS members were invited to participate in the proceedings in-person or on-line. Speakers at the event included AAIS, Boeing, CSIRO, ICAO and EcoCeres.

    AAIS Chief Executive was privileged to address the Forum, sharing the vision of the Association, “an innovative aerospace community for a sustainable future”. He illustrated how this had guided AAIS’ efforts to build consensus and galvanise the community to action on the environmental, social and economic dimensions of sustainability. Various examples of industry initiatives in Singapore were cited, demonstrating the strong shared emphasis on sustainability. At an international level, AAIS worked primarily through the ICCAIA to support ICAO and global efforts. Locally, two of AAIS current projects were cited – the tracking of solar energy adoption by the industry, and the development of a sustainability framework for clusters.

  • RSAF Members visit SIAEC Safety Promotion Centres

    AAIS organized a visit to the SIA Engineering Company (SIAEC) Safety Promotion Centres for RSAF members on 29 Sep 2023.

    Participants were conducted on guided tours of the Aviation Safety Promotion Centre and the Workplace Safety Promotion Centre. These centres were established by SIAEC to augment safety training programmes for its staff with the aim of reinforcing workplace safety culture and mindset.

    The Aviation Safety Centre included immersive media and informational displays drawing on past incidents from around the world. The Workplace Safety Promotion Centre offered an integrated learning environment combining classroom-based lessons, and experiential and visual learning for participants.

    Attendees from various units, including AFI and QAB, gained a comprehensive overview of safety protocols and practices in the  commercial aerospace industry. The interactive exhibits coupled with detailed explanations by our experienced hosts left an lasting impression. Thank you to SIAEC for hosting, and we look forward to seeing more of our RSAF Members at our future events!

  • Roundtable with Chair of UK CAA

    Roundtable with Sir Stephen Hillier, Chairman UK CAA

    A Roundtable with Chair of UK CAA, Sir Stephen Hillier, was held on 28 Sep 2023 and ably moderated by Derek Cheng, Head of Commercial APAC at Vertical Aerospace. The session took place on the sidelines of the Global Urban and Advanced Air Summit 2023 in Singapore and was hosted at Bombardier Aerospace Services. Participants included representatives from AAIS, Air Asia, Bombardier, CAAS, EDB, NATS, SIA Engineering Co, Skyports, ST Engineering, and Vertical Aerospace.

    Participants spoke of their roles in the Aerospace ecosystem, with particular reference to Urban Air Mobility. Issues of common concern were raised and views exchanged about the global talent challenge and the need for agility by regulators. The latter pointed to a need for closer cooperation with industry. Naturally this also necessitated organisational changes and safeguards to avoid the risk of “regulatory capture”. On green aviation, there were concerns about an over reliance on Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) as a solution. There was uncertainty over whether the production of SAF was able to grow as rapidly as the demand suggested by net zero commitments.

     

     

  • MRO Asia Pacific 2023

    Awards Ceremony at CHIJMES

    AAIS had a successful week at MRO Asia Pacific, beginning with the MRO Asia Pacific Awards Ceremony on 25 Sep 2023. The former Chapel at CHIJMES provided a stunning backdrop as awards were presented to deserving companies and individuals. Congratulations to all winners, with a special shoutout to Singapore-based MROs: Bombardier, ST Engineering and SIA Engineering Company.

    Briefing to Queensland delegates

    AAIS also had the privilege of collaborating with Trade and Investment Queensland to brief the visiting Queensland delegates and exhibitors on Singapore industry developments, and to support business networking.

    Overview of the Singapore Pavilion

     

    Opening day crowd at MRO Asia Pacific 2023

    The following days of exhibition at Singapore Expo were notable for the palpable energy at the Singapore Pavilion, comprising 22 exhibitors. The opening day crowd was a testament to the show’s growth and success. Adding to the buzz, we were also pleased to welcome members and friends to the AAIS booth on 27 Sep 3 pm for a beer and moon cakes.

    Members getting acquainted

    We extend our heartfelt thanks to Singapore Pavilion exhibitors, partners and friends for making this a worthwhile outing. Kudos to everyone involved in making the show bigger and better than ever.

    Singapore Pavilion Exhibitors:

    ACME Manufacturing Company Pte Ltd
    Applied Total Control Treatment Pte Ltd
    Assa Abloy Entrance Systems Singapore Pte Ltd
    ATEQ Singapore Pte Ltd
    Auxitrol Weston Singapore Pte Ltd
    Aviation Partner & Consulting Pte Ltd
    Ban Chu Leong Technologies Pte Ltd
    Bollore Logistics Singapore Pte Ltd
    CF Global Technologies Pte Ltd
    Coway Engineering & Marketing Pte Ltd
    CW Aero Services Pte Ltd
    Fluke South East Asia Pte Ltd
    Hypercoat Enterprises Pte Ltd
    Prime Aerospace Pte Ltd
    R.I.S.E Aerospace Pte Ltd
    RVI Inspection and Equipment Pte Ltd
    Sanxing Pte Ltd
    Saservo Pte Ltd
    Singapore Aero Engine Services Pte Ltd
    SP Manufacturing Pte Ltd
    Transfingo Aviation Solutions Pte Ltd
    Vallen Singapore Pte Ltd

    photo credits: Aerophotoworks for AAIS

  • Visit by Korea SMEs and Startups Agency

    AAIS was pleased to welcome the Chief Audit Executive Mr Park Jeong yeol of the Korea SMEs and Startups Agency (KOSME) to Seletar Aerospace Park on 7 Sep 2023. It was an opportunity to discuss the recovery of the aviation and aerospace sectors, and the development of Seletar Aerospace Park. We also spoke of possibilities for cooperation with KOSME and Korean SMEs and startups. This would build on existing warm relations with the Korea Aerospace Industries Association (KAIA) and other Korean agencies. We welcome the renewal and strengthening of international ties and industrial cooperation post-pandemic.

     

     

  • eVTOLS: A Revolution in Aerial Mobility?

    Electric-powered vertical lift was once again in focus on 5 Sep 2023, via a webinar organised by S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) and supported by AAIS. The webinar was moderated by Chris Leck of RSIS, with panelists, Derek Cheng (Vertical Aerospace), Andrew Cummins (Archer Aviation), Damian Kysely (Skyports Infrastructure) and Prof James Wang (NTU).

    The eVTOL frontrunners are aiming for airworthiness certifications from next year, and to launch commercial operations soon after, in conjunction with major events. There was consensus that this new mode of transport would take root from the late 2020s onwards, with new battery tech enabling greater payloads or longer ranges.

    Even as new tech is introduced, this has to done with attention to the priorities of safety and reliability. Some discussion ensued regarding the different approaches to certification by FAA and EASA, and the hope for harmonisation. Standardisation is also desirable for vertiport design and battery charging, to support different aircraft types.

    The gamechanger will be the introduction of autonomy and UTM. This will alleviate constraints such as the availability of pilots, and the ability to manage large numbers of air taxis operating in urban airspace.

    The panel concluded that Singapore could be a lead adopter for intra and intercity flights, and benefit from attracting industry and R&D activities.

     

  • Aerospace Partners’ Golf Tournament 2023

    The highly anticipated annual Aerospace Partners’ Golf Tournament co-organised by AAIS swung into action again at Tanah Merah Country Club Tampines Course on 25 August 2023. This year’s APGT saw the participation of over 100 golfers from across the aerospace industry.

    Despite the delay in tee-off due to unfavourable weather conditions, spirits were high and participants took the time to connect and catch up with one another. Eventually, the rain subsided and excited participants made their way to the golf course with bright skies accompanying the golfers throughout the rest of the afternoon. Roving buggies were also activated to ensure a continuous supply of beer, 100-Plus, bananas and chocolate bars for participants in between strokes.

    The evening programme began with pre-dinner wine-tasting, followed by an opening performance by the boy’s brigade bagpipe band, and the networking dinner. One of the evening programme highlights was a speech by Mr Alister Ong, CPAS Board Member and inclusivity consultant at Michael Page, who shared his experiences developing a thriving career as a PWD. Mr Ong noted that CPAS had recently opened a second school in Jurong West – CPAS School (West) – to cater to the needs of children with cerebral palsy and multiple disabilities living in the western region of Singapore. (CPAS has operated its school in Pasir Ris since 2003).  He thanked the tournament participants and dinner guests for their generosity and called for continued support for CPAS. Participants responded at the charity art auction later on in the evening, actively bidding for unique artworks by the beneficiaries of CPAS. The dinner concluded with a prize presentation for the tournament and an exciting Raffle draw, where lucky winners walked away with attractive prizes.

    It was a meaningful day of sportsmanship, philanthropy and networking for participating industry members. On behalf of the APGT Organising Committee, we thank all participants, sponsors, donors and volunteers for their generosity and outstanding support! All net proceeds from the event will be donated to CPAS. To find out more or make further/personal contributions, please visit https://cpas.org.sg/donate/

    Congratulations to all winners!

    Tournament Winners

    Champion: Geofrey Grier

    1st Runner Up: Rong Ming

    2nd Runner Up: Xavier Wong

    Best Flights: Flight 10B

    1. Xavier Wong
    2. Syafiq Supingi
    3. Fabian Ong
    4. Hazel Liu

    Novelty Prize Winners

    Longest Drive (Below 50 yrs old): Oliver Chng

    Longest Drive (Above 50 yrs old): Khairul Anuar

    Nearest to Pin: Girad Cher

     

  • Understanding Procedural Drift and its Effects

    Adherence to established procedures is the cornerstone of aviation safety and operational efficiency in the air transport industry. Yet, despite the rigorous training of aerospace engineers and technicians, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) continues to find that “deviations from approved procedures continue to be a leading cause of maintenance-related aircraft accidents”.

    As part of our efforts to raise awareness and promote aviation safety, AAIS organised an exclusive seminar, “Understanding Procedural Drift and its Effects,” to uncover and discuss the underlying causes and implications of procedural drift in aviation maintenance.

    Held on 14 August, the session featured Mr Jason Bok, Vice President of Quality & Safety for Commercial Aerospace Corporate at ST Engineering Aerospace. His comprehensive presentation delved into systemic, leadership, and team elements that contribute to procedural drift. He also offered his views and expertise on how precise preventive and corrective actions can be developed to counter this challenge. Jason also gamely took on questions from the audience which comprised aerospace professionals overseeing quality, safety, operations, training, production and the like.

    Despite a downpour that afternoon, the seminar was well attended by industry professionals and proved to be an invaluable platform for knowledge exchange and collective learning. We extend our gratitude to Mr Jason Bok for his enlightening insights and to all the attendees who participated actively at the event. Stay tuned for more enriching opportunities and knowledge-sharing activities as we strive to foster continuous growth and excellence.

     

  • AAIS Annual Futsal Tournament 2023

    The Premier Pitch was ablaze with action on 5 August as the annual AAIS Futsal Tournament 2023 unfolded, featuring 24 competitive teams. The event culminated in an adrenaline-fueled display of sportsmanship and camaraderie that truly encapsulated the spirit of the aerospace and aviation community.

    Ultimately, Pratt & Whitney Turbine Overhaul Services emerged as the ultimate champions, with tight teamwork and determination sealing their victory. The team from Singapore Aero Engine Services secured the title of 1st Runner-up through their commendable performance. Meanwhile, GE Aerospace showcased their mettle and secured the 2nd Runner-up spot after intense battles on the pitch.

    The tournament’s Most Valuable Player title went to Mr Faiz bin Abdullah from Pratt & Whitney Turbine Overhaul Services for his exceptional contributions.

    Our heartiest congratulations to all winners for their outstanding achievements! We also extend our heartfelt thanks to all participating teams, players, and everyone who attended, contributing to the atmosphere and making this event truly memorable. Thank you also to Mr Iain Rodgers, MD of GE Aerospace, for gracing the event and presenting prizes to the winning teams.

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  • OneAviation Careers Fair 2023

    The OneAviation Careers Fair 2023 was held from 4 to 5 Aug 2023 at Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre. AAIS was pleased to support the event with a booth to (a) share with students and jobseekers about the aviation, aerospace and unmanned aircraft systems industries, (b) explain the Career Conversion Programme for aerospace, and (c) offer subscriptions to our soon-to-be launched Aerospace Singapore Digital web magazine.

    AAIS Booth

    In his opening speech at the Fair, Acting Minister for Transport, Chee Hong Tat, spoke of 3 challenges facing the industry as it recovers from the effects of the pandemic.

    (1) Tight labour market and ageing workforce
    (2) Reducing carbon emissions
    (3) Harnessing technology to compete as an air hub

    Acting Minister Chee Hong Tat delivers his opening speech

    Mr Chee also launched the Air Transport Industry Transformation Map (ITM) 2025 at the event. The ITM outlines the key priorities and strategies to transform Changi into a future-ready global aviation hub, while preparing to overcome the challenges the sector will face. It contains 4 key strategies to support innovation, productivity and workforce development in the air transport sector:

    (1) Building a safe and sustainable air hub
    (2) Transforming Airport Operations
    (3) Innovation at the Forefront of Aviation
    (4) Developing a Future-Ready and Resilient Workforce

    AAIS CE at ITM launch (2nd from left)

    AAIS was pleased to support the ITM alongside other stakeholders in the Air Transport sector.

  • New AAIS Logo Unveiling & RSAF MOU

    The Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore) (AAIS) kicked off its 20th Anniversary celebrations, revealing a new logo reflecting its rejuvenation, present-day strategies and aspirations for the future.

    The official launch of the refreshed AAIS logo took place at the Aerospace Leaders’ Dialogue Singapore (ALDS) 2023 held on 21 July at the Fullerton Hotel. Ms Low Yen Ling, Minister of State for Trade & Industry, and Culture, Community, & Youth, graced the momentous occasion as the Guest-of-Honour, joining AAIS President Wong Yue Jeen to unveil the logo. The ceremony was witnessed by AAIS member representatives, partners and friends who packed the venue.

    The new AAIS logo features a contemporary line illustration of a soaring bird with wings spread wide, representing the industry’s boundless potential. Its clean lines reflect the industry’s pursuit of precision and excellence, while its dynamic form signifies agility and resilience in an evolving landscape. The logo’s sky-blue colour pays homage to the Association’s legacy, imbuing a sense of continuity into its refreshed identity.

     

    In his address to the attendees, Mr Wong noted the significant progress in recovery for the industry and lauded the collective efforts of industry leaders to achieve productivity gains, improved efficiencies, and enhanced competitiveness. On behalf of industry, he also expressed gratitude to government agency partners for their support and collaboration. Mr Wong said, “I am thrilled to unveil our new logo, representing our rejuvenation, our present-day strategies and future aspirations. This logo embodies our unwavering commitment to soaring higher together and delivering even greater value to our esteemed members.”

    The logo launch event exemplified the spirit of industry cooperation and showcased the capabilities of AAIS members and partners. A unique collaboration with the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC), the Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD), and Additive Flight Solutions brought the new logo to life with an impressive 3D-printed logo display.

    A highlight of the event was the executive panel session featuring Director-General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), Mr Han Kok Juan; Executive Vice President, Economic Development Board (EDB) Ms Cindy Koh; and Head of Air Engineering and Logistics of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF), ME8 Timothy Yap. Discussions centered around strategic resilience in the face of challenges in the business and industry landscape. An engaging keynote address by Ms Mabel Kwan, Managing Director of Alton Aviation Consultancy Singapore on “The New Reality: Imperatives for Sustainable Growth” set the context for the discourse.

    Mr Han said, “I congratulate the Association of Aerospace Industries Singapore on its 20th year anniversary. The association has played an important role in developing the aerospace industry in Singapore and has been a strong partner in our efforts to grow our air hub. We look forward to their continued support in driving positive change and growth for the Singapore aviation hub.

    The momentous occasion was capped off with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between AAIS and RSAF. Through this collaboration, AAIS and RSAF will jointly support the professional development of RSAF technical personnel and the promotion of knowledge sharing across the commercial and defence aviation sectors.

    The launch of the new AAIS logo marks the pinnacle of a visual refresh project that spanned the past year with the involvement of the AAIS management committee. It also signals beginning of a series of activities planned over the next few months to celebrate the AAIS 20th Anniversary. Among the exciting initiatives, AAIS will soon launch the Aerospace Singapore digital (ASD) magazine and release a commemorative publication celebrating the heritage of the Singapore aerospace community. The celebrations will culminate in the 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner, scheduled for 9 November.

    Members are warmly invited to display the new AAIS logo on your websites to showcase your membership and vital role in the aerospace community. Join us in commemorating this special milestone together!

     

  • OJT Design and Coaching for HR and Operations Managers

    In an evolving business landscape, optimising operational efficiency and productivity while balancing employee satisfaction stands as a pivotal task for organisations across the industry. As transformative technologies continue to be rolled out and air travel activities intensify, aerospace companies are challenged to provide hands-on training to both existing and new employees, ensuring practical skills are honed and knowledge is seamlessly transferred.

    To address these considerations, AAIS collaborated with Ngee Ann Polytechnic to present a webinar on “OJT Design and Coaching for HR and Operations Managers”. Held on 6 July, the webinar illuminated strategies and tools for effective on-the-job training (OJT) and coaching.

    Anchoring the webinar, Dr Sara Zaman, Lead of NACE@NP at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, delved into the development of a blueprint for structured OJT. This encompassed key aspects, including the identification of work scope, formulation of assessment criteria, and development of training processes. Dr Sara also addressed effective coaching methods to engage employees and bridge performance gaps, and proposed strategies to drive teams towards peak performance.

    Discussions also touched on subsidies, supports, and funding available for structured OJT and coaching initiatives, with potentially up to 90% support. Ms Marlia Mohamed Isnin, Manager of Industry Engagement at Workforce Singapore, provided an overview of the Career Conversion Programme for Aerospace, another valuable avenue for aerospace companies to tap into for support of OJT training.

    The sessions were followed by interactive Q&A segments, enabling participants to glean deeper insights and clarify their queries.

    We extend our sincere appreciation to the speakers and all participants for their active involvement.

     

  • Visit by Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan

    Ambassador Askar Kuttykadam visits AAIS

    It was an honour to host His Excellency Askar Kuttykadam, Kazakhstan’s Ambassador to Singapore and Ms Mika Japarova, Embassy Consul, at Seletar Aerospace Park on 4 July 2023. The Ambassador was briefed on the developments in aviation and aerospace in Singapore and about Seletar Aerospace Park. A fruitful exchange followed on industry developments in Kazakhstan and opportunities to explore cooperation. We thank the Ambassador for his visit and interest.

  • AAIS joins Global Aerospace Cluster Partnership

    Delegates at the Global Aerospace Cluster Summit 2023

    AAIS joined hands with 12 international Aerospace clusters on 23 June 2023 to found the Global Aerospace Cluster Partnership (GACP). The 12 clusters include the European Aerospace Cluster Partnership (EACP) that represents 48 associations. The official signing took place at the annual Global Aerospace Cluster Summit organised by the EACP secretariat and held on the sidelines of the International Paris Airshow 2023. We thank the Singapore Economic Development Board for being the venue sponsor for this year’s Global Aerospace Cluster Summit and for speaking at the event.

    EDB’s regional director speaking at the Summit

    Since 2017, Global Aerospace Cluster Summits have been held on the sidelines of Paris and Farnborough air shows and acted as a catalyst for collaboration amongst aerospace clusters worldwide. The annual summits provide a platform for clusters to connect, exchange ideas, and explore opportunities for growth and partnerships. During the 2022 summit, the desire for more frequent exchange amongst clusters was a key point of discussion, giving birth to the idea of formalising a Global Aerospace Cluster Partnership.

    Through international collaboration, the GACP aims to address common challenges and explore innovative solutions to drive growth, sustainability, and competitiveness across the aerospace sector. For AAIS members, being part of GACP now enables us to facilitate more international business connections for you.

     

     

     

  • AAIS New Members’ Night 2023

    AAIS held our second annual New Members’ Night on 7 June 2023 at the Singapore Island Country Club. The event was held to welcome new corporate members that had joined AAIS during the past year.

    The warm glow of the sunset over the golf course provided the perfect backdrop, as we sat down to drinks and a great dinner amongst friends old and new.

    The programme commenced with the introduction of the AAIS Management Committee to new members. During dinner, AAIS President Mr Wong Yue Jeen warmly welcomed our new members, highlighting the work of the Association and importance of collaboration amongst members on topics like safety, quality, and transformation.

    It was an enjoyable evening for all, as new connections were made over dinner and drinks. We thank all participants for their attendance and look forward to meeting again at our upcoming events!

  • Italy’s CUOA Business School Study Tour

    AAIS had the pleasure of cooperating with the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Singapore to host the CUOA Business School Study Tour at Seletar Aerospace Park on 31 May 2023. The delegation was led by Professor Andrea Vinelli and comprised senior executives of Italian businesses attending the business school. We thank all participants for the interesting, lively and wide-ranging discussion about sustainability and SAF, digitalisation, the space industry, transboundary haze cooperation, etc.

  • 3rd ASEAN Sustainability Forum

    The 3rd ASEAN Sustainability Forum, was held on 17 May 2023 on the sidelines of the ASEAN Air Transport Working Group’s meeting in Singapore. The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore’s Chief Sustainability Officer Daniel Ng chaired the forum with speakers from Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Federal Aviation Administration, European Union Aviation Safety Agency, Airbus, Singapore Airlines, and Malaysia Aviation Group. AAIS was privileged to support the event and facilitate industry attendance both in-person and online.

    Participants learnt about how the various regulators were facilitating SAF adoption, including policymaking and planning for decarbonisation (e.g. SAF mandates and incentives), supply chain (e.g. pilot and “experimental” projects) and infrastructure. Airbus’ Asia Pacific President, Anand Stanley, spoke of the company’s efforts to address sustainability across the three ‘scopes’ and how it was developing aircraft technologies for the future. Chen Fook Ping (Singapore Airlines) and Philip See (Malaysia Aviation Group) shared the airline perspective on achieving net zero.

    We look forward to the next Sustainability Forum in Oct 2023.

  • AAIS Annual Bowling Tournament 2023

    The aerospace community had an exciting and fun-filled day as they gathered once again for the highly-anticipated AAIS Annual Bowling Tournament held on Saturday, May 13, 2023, at  Orchid Bowl @ Orchid Country Club. The event was filled with excitement, fun, and a vibrant atmosphere as 34 teams from the industry engaged in friendly competition. Bowlers vied for the prestigious championship trophy while winning prizes in novelty games, adding to the overall thrill of the day.

    Our warmest congratulations to the champion and second runner-up teams from Singapore Aero Engine Services (Asia) Pte Ltd as well as the team from SIA Engineering Company who came in as the first runner-up. Our appreciation goes out to Iain Rodger, Managing Director of GE; Oliver Chamberlain, AAIS Management Committee member; and Ekkehard Pracht, AAIS Assistant Secretary, for presenting the awards to the deserving winners.

    We also thank the aerospace community for their enthusiastic participation in this fantastic corporate team-building event! We look forward to many more memorable gatherings and activities in the months ahead!

    Here are the winning teams and bowlers!

    Team Prizes Company/ Team Name Score
    Team Champion Singapore Aero Engine Services Pte Ltd/ SAESL 1
    1st Runner-up SIA Engineering Company Ltd/ The Backup
    2nd Runner-up Singapore Aero Engine Services Pte Ltd/ SAESL 2
    Individual Prizes Name/ Company Score
    Best Male Overall Mr Thanagavelu Mohan Kumar/ SafranLS Team 1
    Best Female Overall Ms Char An Qi/ SAESL 1

    AAIS TOURNAMENT 2023 TEAM RESULT

    AAIS TOURNAMENT 2023 INDIVIDUAL RESULT

    View more photos from the event

     

  • How Budget 2023 impacts business

     

    AAIS members spent an interesting morning with Ms Tan Bin Eng (Asean Business Incentives Advisory Leader) and Mr Johanes Candra (Partner, Business Incentives Advisory) of EY LLP. The session organised on 10 May 2023 gathered business leaders and tax/finance professionals to learn about the latest from Singapore’s Budget.

    Part 1 focused on the Enterprise Innovation Scheme meant to encourage businesses to engage in R&D, innovation and capability development activities. This was followed by a Q&A session, where participants shared their comments and views on the qualifying criteria for the Enterprise Innovation Scheme.

    Part 2 discussed BEPS Pillar 2, Global Anti-Base Erosion (GloBE) rules and Domestic Top-Up Tax of 15%. Singapore will implement these from financial years 1 January 2025 onwards. The session concluded with an interactive Q&A session where participants and speakers engaged in insightful discussions on the impacts and considerations of the BEPS Pillar 2 policy.

  • Unmanned Systems Asia 2023

    The Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore) (AAIS) organised the Singapore Pavilion at Rotorcraft and Unmanned Systems Asia (RCA-UMSA) 2023, held from 3rd to 5th May at the Changi Exhibition Centre. The Singapore Pavilion featured six innovative Singaporean companies, each showcasing their diverse range of technologies and groundbreaking solutions.

    RCA-UMSA 2023, co-located with IMDEX Asia and organised by Experia Events, provided a dynamic platform for thought-provoking discussions, start-up pitching sessions, and an impressive unmanned technology showcase. During the Mobility Forum, several noteworthy points were raised by industry leaders. For instance, it was projected that the entire process of developing electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, from inception to commercialisation, would likely span around 12 years, with profitability anticipated to be achieved only after 2035. Furthermore, industry experts predicted that original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) would potentially merge to consolidate funding and foster the growth of the sector. Another significant insight highlighted the expectation that drone deliveries would primarily focus on middle-mile deliveries, rather than final-mile deliveries.

    Within the Singapore Pavilion, an impressive array of cutting-edge technologies was on display. These included unmanned traffic management (UTM) and UAS mission systems, additive manufacturing, precision engineering, composites for aerospace and unmanned systems, autonomous driving technologies, and deep-tech Robot as a Service (RaaS) solutions, among others.

    SINGAPORE PAVILION EXHIBITORS

    • Chemtron Pte Ltd
    • Creatz3D Pte Ltd
    • Flare Dynamics Pte Ltd
    • Heron AirBridge Pte Ltd
    • MooVita Pte Ltd
    • Weston Robot Pte Ltd

     

    For more in-depth information about the exhibitors and their offerings, the Singapore Pavilion Exhibitor Guide provides comprehensive details.

     

  • MRO Americas 2023 – Atlanta, Georgia

    AAIS recently mounted a successful business mission with five Singapore companies to Atlanta, Georgia to participate in the MRO Americas exhibition. The pavilion, organised and managed by AAIS comprised of AMS Decision Pte Ltd, Cosmology Pte Ltd, Prime Aerospace GroupSP Manufacturing Pte Ltd., and VBC Group.

    MRO Americas 2023 was held from 18th to 20th April in Atlanta, Georgia (USA). The show is considered one of the largest aviation maintenance conferences in the world, attracting thousands of industry professionals and buyers each year. Participation in the event allowed us to gain valuable insights into the latest industry trends and developments and showcase the strength and diversity of Singapore’s aerospace industry.

    We are pleased to facilitate our member companies in their international business efforts and look forward to opportunities to showcase their capabilities and connect with global partners.

    To find out more about their services and offerings, see more on the SG Exhibitors at MRO Americas 2023.

     

  • Aerospace Day 2023
    The last Aerospace Day in 2021 was held virtually due to the pandemic. This year, Aerospace Day 2023 was back in full swing. Organised by AAIS, JTC, the 5 Polytechnics, ITE and e2i, the 4th Aerospace Day was held on 19 April 2023 at Seletar Aerospace Park.
    In the morning, over 1,100 polytechnic and ITE students were bussed down to Seletar Aerospace Park to begin a day of fun and excitement. Throughout the day, students were engaged in myriad activities ranging from career exhibition and talks, to workshops, and company visits. They also took part in an on-site amazing race and interacted with various companies through the race challenges. The day ended with a lucky draw, where winners walked away with attractive prizes like aircraft models sponsored by participating companies.

    Throughout the years, Aerospace Day continues to provide an excellent platform for companies to engage with the students and vice-versa. Interactions with industry professionals give students a quick sense of the industry and a sneak peek to what their future careers could be like, encouraging them to stay on in the industry that they are studying for.

    AAIS would like to thank all participating companies for an enriching and successful Aerospace Day 2023.

    Companies participating in Aerospace Day 2023:

    • Airbus Singapore
    • Avimac Pte Ltd
    • Barnes Aerospace
    • Bell Textron Asia (Pte) Ltd
    • Bombardier Aerospace Services Singapore Pte Ltd
    • Coway Engineering & Marketing Pte Ltd
    • Fokker Services Asia Pte Ltd
    • GE Aviation, Engine Services Pte Ltd
    • Liebherr-Singapore Pte Ltd
    • Matcor Technology & Services Pte Ltd
    • Moog Aircraft Services Asia Pte Ltd
    • Pratt & Whitney Singapore
    • RLC Group (Singapore) Pte Ltd
    • Rolls-Royce Singapore Pte Ltd
    • Safran Group
    • SIA Engineering Company Ltd
    • Singapore Aero Engine Services Pte Ltd (SAESL)
    • Singapore Aero Support Services Pte Ltd
    • Singapore Component Solutions Pte Ltd
    • Skyports Deliveries Pte Ltd
    • ST Engineering
    • Thales Solution Asia Pte Ltd
    • Wah Son Engineering Pte Ltd
  • Asia Pacific Summit for Aviation Safety 2023

    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.

    Minister S. Iswaran delivers his opening address at AP-SAS 2023

    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.

    Workshop on Procedural Drift and its Effects

    Workshop on ‘Leveraging Predictive Maintenance Regimes’

    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.

     

  • Inaugural Drones Asia 2023

    The Singapore UAS Community by AAIS was a supporting partner of the inaugural Drones Asia 2023 exhibition held from 15 to 16 Mar at Sands Expo and Convention Centre.

    Launch of Drones Asia 2023

    AAIS Chief Executive delivered the Welcome Address at the Opening Ceremony and launched the event alongside Drones Asia Co-founder Mr Rupert Owen and gold sponsor Inmarsat, represented by Ms Lee Siu Min.

    Meetings held at our booth

    We were pleased to receive a stream of visitors at our booth and held good meetings with the Malaysian and Indonesian civil aviation authorities, MRANTI, Invest Northern Ireland, Invest Selangor and industry delegates.

    Panel on the use of drones in construction and management of key assets

    The UAV Innovation Theatre at Drones Asia drew speakers from major regional organisations such as Petronas, Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand and Sime Darby Plantations, besides many other excellent speakers from across the region and Singapore.

    UAS Community networking at Inmarsat booth

    The first day of the show was capped with a joint networking event between the UAS Community and Inmarsat. This was held in conjunction with the launch of its Velaris service in Singapore. We congratulate our members, Inmarsat and Heron AirBridge, on their announcement of a new partnership. This will enable Heron AirBridge and Inmarsat to combine their capabilities and showcase how satellite-based technology can support the safe integration of unmanned aircraft into Singapore’s commercial airspace.

    We thank Montgomery Asia and AAIS member Inmarsat for their partnership.

     

  • APAQG Council Meeting and Supplier Forum – Singapore
    The Singapore Aerospace Quality Group (SAQG) by AAIS was pleased to support the hybrid Asia-Pacific Aerospace Quality Group (APAQG) Council Meeting – Spring 2023 in Singapore from 8 to 10 March 2023. We were delighted to welcome APAQG members from China, India, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand.

     

     

    This was the first APAQG meeting and Supplier Forum with an in-person session since the pandemic. Close to 70 aerospace quality engineers/managers and certification body representatives took the opportunity to discuss the latest 91XX updates, changes, and resources while networking with counterparts from across the region.

     

     

    We express our gratitude to the various APAQG sector lead and program leads for sharing their expertise at the Supplier Forum organised by APAQG and SAQG on 10 March 2023:
    • Mr Suguru Watanabe, APAQG Sector Leader
    • Mr Tatsuya Shirai, Manager Quality Planning Section, Kawasaki Heavy Industries
    • Mr Hiroshi Shuto, Manager Quality Department, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
    • Mr Zuozheng Lou, Business Management System Manager, Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC)
    • Mr Mani Rathinam Rajamani, Manager – Corporate Quality Engineering, TATA Advanced Systems Ltd
    • Mr Jun Nishiguchi, Quality Manager, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

    Reach out to us at to be part of our growing network of aerospace quality professionals.

     

  • Inter airport Southeast Asia 2023

    After a long hiatus due to the pandemic, AAIS was excited to launch our maiden participation in inter airport Southeast Asia on 1-3 March 2023. Preparations began much earlier with an official kick-off in November 2022 at our seminar on ‘Developing a Sustainable Air Hub in Singapore’. The event featured Chief Sustainability Officer at CAAS, Mr Daniel Ng and SATS’ Head of Sustainability, Ms Tan Yen Ling.

    Official kick-off at AAIS seminar, ‘Developing a Sustainable Air Hub in Singapore’ with CAAS’ and SATS’ sustainability chiefs, and our partner, RX

    Preparing for the inaugural Singapore Pavilion involved the usual support for the show organiser’s marketing effort, preparation of government grant applications, and approval by Enterprise Singapore of the Singapore Pavilion design and branding. We also took pains to visit exhibitors at their offices to understand their business and so prepare ourselves to  address their interests at the show. This included ensuring that key customers were invited and given the grand tour of the Pavilion during the show. This time, we were pleased to invite representatives of CAAS, CAG and RSAF to visit the Pavilion. As always, AAIS also exhibits at all our shows, to present our brand and maintain on-site support for exhibitors.

    The buzz at the Singapore Pavilion on Day 1

    EVP CAG and AAIS expert, Mr Tan Lye Teck visiting the Singapore Pavilion

    Publicity began much earlier through our communication channels – Aerospace Singapore magazine, e-newsletters, Asia Pacific Aviation Directory and social media. The release of Aerospace Singapore Vol 16 No 1 was timed to coincide with the show, with the feature on ‘Future Air Hub’ penned by AAIS member and contributor, Alton Aviation Consultancy. The magazine also contained the special supplement highlighting the Singapore Pavilion exhibitor profiles. As a media ambassador for the show we also took pre-show and on-site media interviews to boost the Singapore aviation and AAIS brands.

    Aerospace Singapore ‘Future Air Hub’ issue

    Singapore Pavilion Directory

    On-site media interviews to boost the Singapore aviation brand

    We worked with show organisers RX on curating speakers for the conference, and presenting the exhibitor exclusive on the ‘Aviation Landscape – Singapore’. AAIS also moderated the ‘In conversation with CAAS’ session on Day 1 of the conference.

    Exhibitor exclusive presented by CE AAIS

    ‘In conversation with CAAS’ with Director Aviation Industry, Ms Angela Ng

    Overall the show exceeded our expectations and we expect to be back again for a bigger and even more vibrant next edition!

     

     

     

  • Engagement with SAF Officers on Aerospace Careers

    AAIS was pleased to be invited by the Ministry of Defence of Singapore Career Transition Resource Centre to speak with Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) officers about career transition opportunities in the civil aviation and aerospace industries. The event was held at Orchard Rendezvous Hotel on 22 February 2023.

    AAIS Chief Executive Sia Kheng Yok shared the stage with speakers from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), ST Engineering and Eaton. His presentation covered an overview of the developments and future of the industry as well as resources available for officers to help them make informed decisions about career transition options. In between the sharing sessions, a networking tea break was scheduled for the SAF officers and corporate guests to connect and mingle. It was a valuable opportunity for the SAF officers to network and gather information from experienced professionals in the industry.

    AAIS thanks the Ministry of Defence of Singapore Career Transition Resource Centre for the opportunity and platform to engage with the officers.

     

  • ICAO Air Transport Regulation Panel WG3

     

    The ICAO Air Transport Regulation Panel held the inaugural meeting of its new Working Group on international unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations on 7-8 Feb 2023 in Singapore. Members of the Singapore UAS Community were invited to make presentations and participate in discussions, alongside some 30 regulators from across the globe. It was an opportunity to explore ideas on what approach should be taken in the economic regulation of international air services involving unmanned aircraft, from delivery “drones” to air taxis and eventually even pilot-less commercial aircraft. Industry was represented by AAIS, Aviation Studies Institute (Singapore University of Technology and Design), Frequentis, Heron Technology, Inmarsat Solutions, Meritus Law, Singapore Flying College, Skyports and Volocopter.

    The working group meeting concluded with a field trip coordinated by the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College Central with the UAS Community. Participants visited the ITE hangar and learnt about the Aerospace certificate and work-study diplomas offered, and Unmanned Aircraft Training Organisation (UATO) certified pilot training programme. They were also treated to the Volocity showcase by Volocopter and a demonstration of the Heron AirBridge UAS Traffic Management (UTM) system.

     

  • CNY HOST Networking Evening

    The Singapore aerospace and UAS community came together for the first HOST Networking session of the year held on 2nd February 2023 at the Grand Mercure Roxy. With over 80 aerospace professionals in attendance, the event, held in conjunction with the Lunar New Year, was certainly a fantastic opportunity for networking and discussions.

    AAIS Chief Executive Sia Kheng Yok kicked off the evening by addressing members in attendance and highlighting important and exciting events and projects in 2023, which is the 20th anniversary of AAIS. He also took the opportunity to introduce new members of AAIS and the UAS community, as well as government agency representatives who were present at the event.

    A highlight of the evening was the customary “tossing of the salad” or Lo-Hei for good fortune which added to the festive atmosphere. The diverse mix of attendees from across the sector including academia, SMEs, MROs, suppliers, service providers, etc. provided quality networking opportunities and sparked engaging discussions. The evening came to a close on a high with a lucky draw which saw 5 lucky winners.

    We thank Workforce Singapore for co-sponsoring this event and would like to encourage members to find out more about the manpower support programmes for the aerospace industry offered by WSG, including the Career Conversion Programme for New Hires, Job Redesign, and Capability Transfer. Please refer to this deck for more information, or reach out to Sherman Tan (Sherman_Tan@wsg.gov.sg) or Marlia Isnin (Marlia_mohamed_isnin@wsg.gov.sg) from WSG for details. Thank you also to everyone who attended and contributed to making this event a success. We can’t wait to see everyone at the next HOST Networking session in May!

     

    View more photos of the event here:  https://www.aerophotoworks.com/p846968881

     

  • Aerospace Community Day 2023

    AAIS recently organised Aerospace Community Day 2023 in conjunction with the Chinese New Year as a platform for the industry and aerospace professionals to give back to the community. The event, which took place at two elderly care homes on 30 January and 1 February lifted the spirits of volunteers as well as some 470 elderly residents, including 70 seniors at St. John’s Home and 400 residents at Bright Hill Evergreen Home.

    Volunteers from the industry came together, spending heart-warming afternoons with the residents of the two homes. No effort was spared as they prepared fun-filled programmes including ‘Lohei’, interactive games (e.g Bingo, Passing the Parcel etc), and crowd-favourite sing-along sessions, creating a festive atmosphere in celebration of the CNY festivities. The residents thoroughly enjoyed the activities and showed their appreciation by participating with enthusiasm. In addition, the volunteers distributed oranges, red packets, and lunch/tea-time snacks to the elderly.

           

    This event was made possible thanks to the positive energy, compassion and collaboration of the volunteers in attendance. We received great feedback on the event and were delighted to have been able to make a positive impact on the lives of the elderly residents.

     

    AAIS would like to record our appreciation to the following groups, companies and individuals for their contributions, voluntarism and support for Aerospace Community Day 2023:

    • AAIS Management Committee members
    • Alton Aviation Consultancy Singapore Pte Ltd
    • Singapore Aero Engine Services Pte Ltd
    • Turbine Overhaul Services Pte Ltd
    • Wencor, LLC
    • Mr Michael Daniel
    • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ASIA)
    • NUS Aviation Club

    We look forward to the continued support of members to enable us to bring more of such engaging and fulfilling events to the community.

     

  • Learning Journey to Sodick Singapore Techno Centre (SSTC)

    Kicking off a host of events for the year, AAIS and Sodick Singapore Techno Centre (SSTC) organised a learning journey on 12 January 2023 for members and industry participants to learn more about advanced manufacturing capabilities for business transformation. The event received a lot of interest with over 30 participants on site.

    Before the tour, presentations on Additive Manufacturing (AM) and design freedom case studies were shared by speakers from the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT), illustrating the potential of AM in future manufacturing. Then, participants were brought around SSTC’s Manufacturing Centre and its Additive Manufacturing Lab, which showcased Sodick’s latest 3D printers and machines that integrate IoT for data collection and analysis. The state-of-the-art machines and integrated systems allow SSTC to serve as a one-stop shop for solutions to increase productivity and efficiency.

    On behalf of members and participants, we thank our hosts – Sodick Singapore Techno Centre (SSTC) and the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) – for an enriching afternoon.

     

     

Events 2022
  • AAIS Year-End Networking Evening

    AAIS warmly welcomed members of the aerospace and UAS communities as well as partners to our Year-End HOST Networking evening on Thursday, 1 December 2022. The event brought out the festive spirit and marked the return of in-person HOST networking evenings for members since going virtual during the circuit breaker in 2020.

    AAIS President Wong Yue Jeen kicked off the evening with an update on industry and AAIS activities, highlighting upcoming projects in conjunction with the Association’s 20th anniversary in 2023. Simon Wayne, GM for Asia Pacific at Bombardier Singapore Service Centre – co-host of the evening, then gave a brief overview of the facility and its capabilities. Guests were invited on an exclusive tour of the centre, which boasts the first business jet paint facility in Asia-Pacific, an integrated parts depot with US$15 million in parts inventory, office and lounge facilities for Bombardier customers and full-service interiors workshop, among others.

      

    Attendees relished the opportunity to reconnect face-to-face with industry friends and get to know new faces. Some gamely participated in a special quiz, identifying and singing familiar Christmas tunes. The lovely evening came to a close with a lucky draw, which saw 3 lucky guests winning prizes, including a Bombardier aircraft model.

       

    Guests agreed that it was a fruitful, yet relaxed and fun evening. We thank everyone for joining us, Simon and his team at Bombardier Singapore Service Centre for their warm hospitality and excellent support for the event. The next HOST Networking event is scheduled for 2 February 2023. Please mark your calendars.

     

  • AAIS Annual Futsal Tournament 2022

    Even before the World Cup fever grips football fans globally, AAIS saw dramatic and nail-biting moments on the pitch at our very own AAIS Annual Futsal Tournament 2022. Held on Saturday, 19 November at the FutsalArena@Yishun, the event saw teams from organisations across the aerospace industries vying for the Championship trophy and bragging rights as the top Futsal team in the sector.

    After a two-year pause on the popular tournament, participants were ready and raring to go, enlivened by strong support from colleagues and family members on-site. The tournament saw spirited competition between teams right from the very first whistle. Ultimately, Singapore Aero Engine Services Private Limited (SAESL) emerged as champions, with Rolls-Royce Singapore and Advance Remanufacturing and Technology Centre as runners-up. Fourth place went to Pratt & Whitney Component Solutions. Our heartiest congratulations to all players, especially Mohammed Imran bin Ismail, the 2022 Tournament’s Most Valuable Player!

    We thank all players and members for their keen support, as well as everyone who attended for creating an electric atmosphere. See you at our next sporting tournament!

     

     

    View more photos from the event here: https://www.aerophotoworks.com/p878245475
    (If you are using/sharing the photos on any public platform/media, please include a credit to “Aerophotoworks for AAIS”)

     

  • AAIS Industry Safety Week

    In alignment with growing interest and emphasis on safety, the Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore) organised its first AAIS Industry Safety Week from 14 to 18 November 2022. The inaugural AAIS Industry Safety Week saw over 70 organisations from aerospace, aviation and other industries participating in various activities, including seminars, webinars, and site visits for cross-learning of best practices. During the week-long event, AAIS members were encouraged to hold internal safety awareness campaigns in sync with industry peers. The Association also launched a Safety Microsite (www.aais.org.sg/safety) as a repository of resources to augment the internal efforts of members and facilitate industry sharing on safety practices.

    Making Safety Our Top Priority

    With the recovery of air travel, Singapore’s air transport workforce has been largely restored and is expected to reach 90% of pre-COVID levels by the year-end. Aerospace activities have also turned the corner with domestic aerospace production exceeding pre-pandemic levels by March 2022 and output growth recorded at over 16% higher than 2019 (baseline) levels in September. This positive sentiment is expected to continue in the coming months, with most Singapore-based aerospace companies foreseeing growth to improve in terms of output, new orders, exports, and employment.

    As the tempo of operations continues to pick up, an influx of fresh talents is expected who will need to be familiarised with safety practices and considerations. At the same time, experienced personnel will benefit from consistent refreshers to remain up-to-date and keep safety protocols top-of-mind. There are also new considerations in the post-pandemic landscape such as the upkeep of aircraft, especially those kept in storage, the introduction of new technologies as well as changes to the operating environment. In this spirit, AAIS called upon its members to renew and reiterate the commitment to safety at all levels through the inaugural AAIS Industry Safety Week.

    AAIS Safety Industry Week Activities

    i. Aviation Safety: In conversation with CAAS and Aerospace Leaders

    To kick off Safety Week, AAIS held a hybrid seminar on 14 November to discuss aviation safety in aerospace MRO and manufacturing. The event featured industry leaders including Mr Oliver Chamberlain, Manufacturing Executive, Rolls-Royce Singapore, and Mr Mark Loh, General Manager, Bell Textron Asia, as well as a representative from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), Mr Leong Chin Sing, Senior Manager (Maintenance Organisation).

    The speakers provided insightful perspectives on safety policies and implementation, as well as best practices for MRO and aerospace organisations. Particularly interesting were their personal anecdotes on the motivation for underscoring safety, as well as the differences in safety cultures across organisations and countries. The speakers noted the importance of continual improvements in safety management and called for collaborative efforts to improve aviation safety awareness. Participants engaged the speakers during the panel discussion on topics such as integrating safety in aerospace curricula, ramping up on safety training, and the role of regulators in safety management.

    ii. Visit to SIAEC’s Aviation and Workplace Safety Promotion Centres

    AAIS Management Committee members and their safety officers were invited to visit the SIA Engineering Company (SIAEC) safety promotion centres on 15 November. Participants were brought on interactive tours around the Aviation Safety Promotion Centre and the Workplace Safety Promotion Centre. These centres were established by SIAEC to augment safety training programmes for its staff with the aim of reinforcing workplace safety culture and mindset.

    Participants were impressed with the scope and quality of the Aviation Safety Centre, which included immersive media, informational displays and interactive activities. The Workplace Safety Promotion Centre also offered an integrated learning environment combining classroom-based lessons and experiential and visual learning for participants. We thank SIAEC for supporting AAIS Industry Safety Week and for hosting the visit.

    iii. Advancing WSH: New Code of Practice + Data-Driven Risk-Based Approach

    A webinar was held on 17 November to provide updates on workplace safety and health (WSH) practices. The keynote speaker was Mr Christopher Koh, General Manager of the Singapore WSH Council. He provided a briefing on a new code of practice (COP) which details duties of company CEOs and directors on WSH. The new COP, gazetted in October 2022, applies to Singapore companies in all industries, covering not only the physical but also mental well-being of workers.

    This briefing was followed by a rich presentation on ‘A Data-Driven Risk-Based Approach to WSH Management’ by Mr Lim Sui Soon, Executive Committee Member at the Singapore Institution of Safety Officers (SISO). The approach provided a new perspective, encouraging organisations to analyse key causal factors of incidents based on WSH data and develop mitigating methods in managing these high-risk factors.

    iv. Launch of AAIS Safety Microsite

    A key element of AAIS Industry Safety Week was the opportunity for cross-learning through platforms for sharing between members, industry leaders, regulators, and safety professionals. To promote knowledge/resource sharing and exchange between members of the industry ecosystem, AAIS launched a curated Safety Microsite (https://aais.org.sg/safety) in conjunction with Safety Week. The AAIS Safety Microsite serves as a repository of safety resources and includes messages by Mr Tay Tiang Guan, 1 Deputy Director-General at CAAS and Mr Wong Yu Jeen, AAIS President, as well as posters, articles, guidance documents, activities and other safety-related collaterals.

    The AAIS Safety Microsite will be available beyond Safety Week. We welcome all to visit and utilise the resources and look forward to further contribution of materials from industry members.

    v. Special Discount for AAIS Safety Training Courses

    Safety training is crucial to ensure workers have a solid knowledge of safety associated with their jobs. In conjunction with AAIS Industry Safety Week, the Association is offering a discount of 25% off training fees for a second participant for the following training courses:

    • Introduction to Safety Management System (Virtual or In-Person)
    • Effective Event Investigation Training (Virtual on In-Person)
    • Fundamentals to Aerospace Quality Management System (Virtual or In-Person)
    • Compliant Safety Management Systems for Aerospace (Virtual)
    • Logistics and Stores Inspection Procedures for Aerospace (Virtual)
    • Effective Stores Management for Aerospace (Virtual)
    • Quality Systems and Audit Management (Virtual or In-Person)
    • Human Factors and Error Management (In-Person)

    The offer is valid for any of the above-titled courses ending by or before 30 June 2023, subject to minimum class size. Quote “AAISSafety” to enjoy the discount.
    Visit our website at www.aais.org.sg for more information 

    Moving Forward Together with Safety in Mind

    The first AAIS Industry Safety Week concluded successfully with positive feedback on the activities organised. Safety is for all industries, and we were especially pleased to welcome organisations beyond the aviation and aerospace industries at the various events, including representatives from maritime, oil & gas, electronics etc.

     

  • University of St Gallen’s Aviation Management Course visits Seletar

    We welcomed our friends from the University of St Gallen’s Center for Aviation Competence once again to Seletar Aerospace Park on 3 November 2022. Seletar Aerospace Park’s industry ecosystem continues to be a draw – this time for students of the Aviation Management Compact Course.

    AAIS selectively provides guest lectures to visiting students enrolled in Masters and Executive Education courses. These provide collaborating institutions with insights into one of the world-leading Aerospace clusters and the success of Seletar Aerospace Park in attracting global investors.

     

     

     

  • Visit by European Parliament Transport Committee

    AAIS was very pleased to host a delegation of the European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism on 2 November 2022 at Seletar Aerospace Park. The delegation was visiting Singapore to explore innovative solutions in the transport sector. Led by Committee Chair MEP Jens Gieseke, the delegation visited AAIS and Skyports Drone Services.  Chief Executive AAIS, and Sanjay Suresh and Koh Jia Le of Skyports briefed the delegation on the aviation and aerospace recovery, and development of drone services in Singapore.

     

     

     

  • Developing a Sustainable Air Hub in Singapore

    As Singapore steps up its green ambition towards achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, the aviation industry has also been shaping strategies to ensure sustainability in recovery and growth.

    AAIS was pleased to hold a briefing on 2 November on Developing a Sustainable Air Hub in Singapore, sponsored by inter airport Southeast Asia. The keynote was delivered by Mr Daniel Ng, Chief Sustainability Officer and Director (Air Transport) at the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, covering recommendations from the International Advisory Panel (IAP). [The IAP report is accessible via the following link: https://go.gov.sg/sustainableairhubsg.]

    Mr Ng shared details on the 15 initiatives and tangible pathways identified to decarbonise the aviation sector across three key domains of airport, airline and air traffic management. Participants then heard another enlightening presentation by Ms Tan Yen Ling, Head of Sustainability and Strategic Projects at SATS who shared on the sustainability practices and initiatives being rolled out internally at SATS and for clients of its ground handling and in-flight services.

    The presentations were followed by an engaging panel discussion moderated by AAIS Programme Director for Sustainability Mr Chan Mun Wei. The discussions were enlivened by questions and comments from the attendees, covering a wide range of sustainability and industry-related topics such as embedding ESG awareness across multiple functions in an organisation, positioning of Singapore as a sustainable air hub to capture the growing market for green air travel, greening of airside vehicles in the airport, and strengthening of infrastructure to adapt to climate-related risks.

    We thank all participants for their active interactions, the speakers for their generous time and sharing and our event sponsors – inter airport Southeast Asia.

    To be held from 1 to 3 March 2022, inter airport Southeast Asia is Asia’s premier airport exhibition and conference that covers all areas of airport-related technology, equipment and services, in one place. Visit www.interairport-southeastasia.com to find out more.

     

  • AAIS extends Performance Review Institute collaboration

     

    The Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore) and the Performance Review Institute (PRI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 27 October 2022 at the JW Marriott Singapore South Beach. This was the 4th MOU between the parties since 2008 – adding to 14 years of collaboration in providing and promoting aerospace special processes auditing, training, and personnel qualification programmes in Singapore.

    We were also appreciative of the fruitful discussion with Mr Jay Solomond (Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer) and Ms Hannah Godfrey (Vice President of Professional Development) on the sidelines of the signing. We look forward to further development of the cooperation.

    For more information, view the PRI Press Release here: https://p-r-i.org/news/the-performance-review-institute-partnership-association-of-aerospace-industries/ 

  • AAIS 20th Annual General Meeting

    The 20th Annual General Meeting of the Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore) was held on 27 October 2022 at InterContinental Singapore. This was the first physical AGM since the pandemic with members glad to be back meeting face-to-face. The AGM kicked off with Opening remarks by President, Mr Wong Yue Jeen, highlights on the past year’s activities by Honorary Secretary, Ms Lim Hee Joo, and an overview of financial performance for the past fiscal year by Assistant Honorary Treasurer, Ms Yap Siok Leng.

    In his opening address to members, AAIS President Mr Wong Yue Jeen noted that the aerospace industry had turned a corner in tandem with aviation’s recovery, with the sector operating at near or above pre-pandemic (2019) output since March 2022. Even as the outlook for the coming months remained buoyant, the industry was very mindful of the challenges looming due to the instability of the geopolitical and macroeconomic environment. Mr Wong emphasised the important role of the Association in galvanising the community for collective action and elaborated on the Association’s focus areas in the coming year encompassing Safety, Sustainability and Supplier Development.

    Members endorsed the FY2021/22 Annual Report and the audited Financial Report. Ernst & Young was reappointed as the Honorary External Auditor and Mr Paul Sandosham of Clifford Chance was reappointed as the Honorary Legal Advisor for the Association.

    At the AGM, Mr Mark Loh, General Manager of Bell Textron Asia Pte Ltd was elected as a member of the Management Committee FY2021/23. This was to fill a vacancy left by Mr Kevin Chow of Thales Solutions Asia who had stepped down from the MC in August 2022 to take up a new role overseas. Members recorded their appreciation to Mr Chow and congratulated Mr Loh on the appointment.

     

    Ms Agnes Chua from the AAIS Secretariat was presented with the service award in recognition of her 15 years of service. The AGM formalities then concluded with closing remarks from President, who provided a glimpse of the exciting activities planned for the coming year in conjunction with the Association’s 20th anniversary in 2023. President called on members for support, contributions and participation in the events and projects including a commemorative Aerospace Community Heritage Book and the Gala Dinner slated for October 2023, among others.

    In the next part of the programme, members heard informative presentations on the topics of  Sustainability, Supplier Development and Manpower. Mr Chan Mun Wei, Programme Director of Sustainability, provided an overview of the AAIS Sustainability Roadmap. This was followed by Mr Loh Wai Cheong, Senior Industry Transformation Advisor on information about the Jobs Development Partner (JDP) Programme of which AAIS is a TAC partner. Rounding off the presentations, Ms Marlia Isnin and Ms Mathia Lee from Workforce Singapore shared about WSG’s manpower findings, initiatives and programmes for the aerospace and aviation sectors.

    The informative event ended with a networking session among the guests. AAIS thanks the event sponsor, Workforce Singapore, for their forthcoming and generous support, and all members for actively participating.

     

    View all photos from the event here

     

  • EU-Asia Symposium on UAS/UAM

    Members of the Singapore UAS Community participated in and presented at the EU-Asia Symposium on UAS/UAM held at the Goodwood Park Hotel on 18-21 Oct 2022 by individual invitation of organisers, CAAS and EASA. Key points in the industry feedback to regulators on Day 1 of the symposium were:

    1. In the next 10 years, demand for UAM and BVLOS operations over populated areas will increase exponentially
    2. The cost per mile of air taxis will eventually become similar to ground transportation
    3. Reduction of cost and battery weight will be a major driver of commercial viability
    4. Public acceptance will have to be gained through respect for privacy and the natural environment
    5. Research on UAS traffic management and airspace integration is key to enabling scalable operations
    6. UTM development is underfunded and faces hurdles, including the lack of regulatory guidance
    7. Importance of global harmonisation of standards for UAS, UAM, UTM-U-Space and vertiports

    The occasion was also marked by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between CAAS and EASA to collaborate on urban air mobility to support the development, deployment and safe operation of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. The agreement was signed by Mr Han Kok Juan, Director-General of CAAS and Mr Luc Tytgat, Strategy and Safety Management Director, EASA on 18 October 2022, on the sidelines of the inaugural European Union–Asia Symposium on Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Urban Air Mobility.

    On the final evening of the symposium, CAAS hosted industry and regulators to a networking evening at the National Gallery, with many good conversations held over dinner and drinks.

     

  • AAIS at Industry Transformation Asia-Pacific 2022

    Themed ‘Industry 4.0 for Business Sustainability’, the 5th edition of the Industrial Transformation Asia-Pacific (ITAP) was held on 18-20 October 2022 at Singapore Expo. ITAP 2022 homed into trends and developments in the three key dimensions of Digitalisation, Talent & Workforce Development, and Environmental Sustainability. AAIS exhibited at ITAP 2022 for the first time, to connect Aerospace businesses with solution providers (and vice versa) and to extend our services to the wider industry community. We are pleased to have been able to connect with visitors and exhibitors on topics such as additive manufacturing, drone services, digital transformation, advanced metrology and many other subjects.

  • Singapore Pavilion at MRO Europe 2022

    MRO Europe 2022

    AAIS coordinated the Singapore Pavilion at MRO Europe 2022, held from 18 to 20 October in London, UK. Seven companies joined us to pursue opportunities in the commercial aviation aftermarket.

    Singapore Pavilion @ MRO Europe 2022 (Booth 1611) Exhibiting Companies:

    • AMS Decision Pte Ltd
    • Aviation Partner And Consulting Pte Ltd
    • Coway Engineering & Marketing Pte Ltd
    • CW Aero Services Pte Ltd
    • KBG Contract Machining Pte Ltd
    • Prime Aerospace Pte Ltd
    • RexAdvance Technology Pte Ltd

    To learn more about the exhibiting companies, please download the brochure: Singapore Pavilion exhibitors

    MRO Europe at a glance:

    • Largest event of its kind in Europe: 7,000 attendees / 400 exhibitors
    • 3 day senior level conference with 30+ expert speakers
    • 2 day international exhibition
    • Free show floor content at the Go Live! Theater
    • Numerous networking opportunities

    Official Event Site: https://mroeurope.aviation

     

  • Industry Preview of Aerospace ITM 2025 by EDB

    The Singapore aerospace industry is turning a corner. In March 2022, aerospace production levels exceeded pre-pandemic levels for the first time on a monthly basis. Growth has continued at a steady pace, with the total aerospace output growing by 27.9% on a yield-to-date basis in the first eight months of 2022, over the same period last year.

    As the industry positions to capture opportunities, the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) has launched the Industry Transformation Map (ITM) 2025 which aims to cement Singapore’s position as a global node for aerospace manufacturing and Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) activities, with leadership in engine MRO. It also aims to pave the way for participation in future aircraft development programmes through emerging areas. An update from the previous iteration (ITM 2020), Aerospace ITM 2025 addresses the systemic shifts arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting key strategies and initiatives to support the industry in recovery and beyond.

    AAIS was pleased to organise an industry preview of the refreshed Aerospace ITM on 10 October 2022. Held at Seletar Aerospace Park, the preview was attended by representatives from across the industry, government agencies and academia. Mr Abiel Neo, Assistant Vice President, Capital Goods at EDB delivered a comprehensive briefing on the ITM, sharing its target for the aerospace industry to achieve S$4.6 billion in Value-Add (VA) by 2025, and restoring total employment of the industry to pre-pandemic levels of 22,000 by adding 3,000 jobs. This would be driven by capability and capacity building for manufacturing and MRO, with a focus on strengthening our leadership position in engine MRO.

    Under the ITM, agencies will partner with aerospace companies, AAIS and relevant organisation in the following key areas:

    • Driving transformation through technology
    • Helping SMEs fly high on the global stage
    • Investing in talent
    • Gearing up for sustainability and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM)
    • Emerging stronger through tripartism and partnerships with Industry Associations

    Following the ITM briefing, participants engaged with a panel consisting Mr Neo, Mr Wilin Ng, Chief Commercial Officer at SIA Engineering Company Ltd and moderator Dr Kenneth Low, Deputy Cluster Director of Singapore Institute of Technology. The panel took questions from the audience and had robust discussions on the new strategies, initiatives and shaping the future of the Singapore aerospace industry. Participants also heard from AAIS President, Wong Yue Jeen, who shared on the role of the Association in supporting priority areas for members.

    All present took the opportunity to network during the coffee break and reception. AAIS thanks all speakers and industry representatives for a very engaging session. For more information on the ITM, please refer to the EDB press release.

       
       

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  • Visit by delegation from Can Tho City, Vietnam

    AAIS was pleased to welcome a delegation from Can Tho City, Vietnam, to Seletar Aerospace Park on 13 October 2022. The delegation was led by the Chairman of the Can Tho People’s Committee, Mr Tran Viet Truong and facilitated by Ingrid International.

    Following an exchange of presentations and discussion on the promotion of  Can Tho City, an MOU was signed between Mrs Nguyen Thi Kieu Duyen, Director of Can Tho Promotion Agency and Mr Tan Chye Kin, Chairman of Ingrid International.

     

     

  • Singapore UAS Community Networking

    The Singapore UAS Community was excited to hold its first in-person networking event on 4 October 2022 at Brewerkz, Orchard Rendezvous Hotel. Organised in partnership with Montgomery Asia and Drones Asia 2023, the event attracted more than 40 participants. We were also delighted and honoured to welcome senior management of Montgomery Group and Montgomery Asia, and officers from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore and Enterprise Singapore.

    Following great conversations and bonding with new friends over beer and bites, we capped the evening with a lucky draw graced by Mr Rupert Owen, co-founder of GeoConnect Asia and Drones Asia. 3 of our lucky members each won either a bottle of wine (courtesy of AAIS) or a Drone Security course bundle (compliments of DroneSec).

            

    View more photos from the event here

  • Visit by Incheon Metropolitan City Maritime Affairs and Aviation Bureau

    AAIS was pleased to receive a delegation of the Incheon Metropolitan City Maritime Affairs and Aviation Bureau on 26 September 2022. Led by Director General Hyun-Mo Yoon and facilitated by Starburst, the team also included the Incheon Industry-Academy Collaboration Institute.

    The meeting saw a useful exchange on the latest industry developments in aerospace and the emerging UAM/AAM sector. As both Incheon and Singapore share similarities as maritime and aviation hubs, the discussion considered various possibilities for benchmarking, information exchange and cooperation.

  • Advanced Manufacturing Learning Journey

    Advanced manufacturing has become a key industry buzzword as companies seek to undergo transformation with the aim of developing better capabilities, adaptivity and productivity along the supply chain.

    An Advanced Manufacturing Learning Journey (AMLJ), held on 23 September 2022, was organised by AAIS to provide members and industry participants an opportunity to experience the transformative possibilities of advanced manufacturing technologies.

    Located within Singapore Polytechnic, the AMLJ co-developed by SP and TÜV SÜD, brought participants on an interactive tour through 3 distinct zones – namely the Digitalisation, Integrated, and Smart zones. Through the learning journey, a host of solutions were shared, including automation, sensors and IOT, and decision-making tools to increase productivity on the shop floor. The learning journey also included presentations covering success stories of digital transformation on shopfloors, inspiring participants to kickstart their own transformation processes.

    On behalf of members and participants, we thank our hosts -ASTech, Smart i4.0 Transformation Alliance (SiTA) and Singapore Polytechnic (SP) – for a constructive afternoon.

     

  • MRO Asia-Pacific 2022

    After a two-year hiatus, MRO Asia-Pacific 2022 returned with a bang from 20 to 22 September at Singapore Expo Halls 3 and 4. The region’s premier event for Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul hosted over 180 exhibiting companies showcasing their latest products, services and solutions.

    AAIS were pleased to coordinate the Singapore Pavilion, which housed 27 exhibiting companies showcasing a diverse range of capabilities including aircraft ground support, components, distribution of aircraft parts and equipment, inspection and testing, MRO services etc. During the exhibition, the Singapore Pavilion attracted many visitors, potential partners and customers as fruitful discussions were observed at various booths.

    AAIS also organised a casual networking session at the Singapore pavilion on Wednesday, 21 September. The session brought together exhibitors, AAIS members and partners as connections were established and discussions deepened over drinks in a convivial atmosphere.

    Exhibitors were unanimous in noticing the high number and quality of trade visitors from airlines, MROs and other industry stakeholders. The show ended with the usual remarks that it was simply too short a time for all the opportunities that arose.

    We thank our exhibitors, members, partners and guests for 3 great days at MRO Asia Pacific, 2 days of exhibition, and 1 clear signal that Aerospace is back in business.

       

    View all photos from the event here

    Singapore Pavilion Exhibitors at MRO Asia Pacific 2022

    Companies Booth Number
    ACME Manufacturing Company Pte Ltd 1001
    AMS Decision Pte Ltd 1021
    Applied Total Control Treatment Pte Ltd 1016
    ATEQ Singapore Pte Ltd 1019
    Auxitrol Weston Singapore Pte Ltd 810
    Aviation Partner & Consulting Pte Ltd 903
    Ban Chu Leong Technologies Pte Ltd 907
    Bollore Logistics Singapore Pte Ltd 902
    CBMM Supply Services & Solutions Pte Ltd 1009
    Coway Engineering & Marketing Pte Ltd 808
    CW Aero Services Pte Ltd 1007
    Dviation-Transfingo Pte Ltd 909
    Eezee Pte Ltd 1008
    Field International Pte Ltd 913
    Hypercoat Enterprises Pte Ltd 1002
    Ipeco Singapore Pte Ltd 914
    Magellan Singapore Pte Ltd 908
    Ontic Engineering & Manufacturing Asia-Pacific Pte Ltd 804
    Orapi Applied (S) Pte Ltd 802
    Rhinesthal Singapore 915
    Rieckermann (Singapore) Pte Ltd 1013
    RISE Aerospace Pte Ltd 901
    Saservo Pte Ltd 1020
    Singapore Aero Engine Services Pte Ltd 816
    Topcast Aviation Singapore Pte Ltd 920
    VBC Pte Ltd 814
    W.H.Brennan & Company Pte Ltd 1010


    The Singapore Pavilion was coordinated by AAIS, and supported by Enterprise Singapore.

     

     

  • The EASA Artificial Intelligence Roadmap: towards AI trustworthiness

    Artificial Intelligence, and more specifically machine/deep learning, opens up promising prospects for many areas of aviation. However, it raises the crucial question of the level of confidence that can be placed in these techniques when used in safety-critical applications and their compatibility with strict certification requirements.

    In February 2020, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) published its roadmap to accompany the deployment of AI in aviation which was followed by a concept paper released in April 2021 providing ‘first usable guidance for Level 1 machine learning applications’. These papers have been published anticipating future EASA guidance and requirements for AI/ML applications.

    In this in-person seminar jointly organised by AAIS and the EASA office in Singapore, Guillaume Soudain, EASA AI Programme Manager together with Francois Triboulet, ATM/ANS Expert at EASA, outlined the main elements of the EASA AI roadmap. Their presentation elucidated he key elements of this first guidance and outlined a number of remaining challenges with respect to AI trustworthiness. The speakers also took questions from the audience relating to the development of the AI standards for aviation, AI-based system interaction with human, learning assurances and others.

    Held on 19 September at the AAIS premises in Seletar, the seminar saw a full house with the participation of aviation and aerospace professionals from across various sectors. We thank the speakers and participants for a very engaging and insightful session.

     

  • ASEAN Air Transport Working Group Sustainability Forum

    AAIS members were pleased to have been invited to participate in a Sustainability Forum held in association with the 46th ASEAN Air Transport Working Group meetings from 12 to 15 September 2022. The forum, which took place on 14 September at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Singapore saw AAIS members participating as industry observers in-person and online.

    Given increasing efforts and attention on the mitigation of climate change, the forum focused on airport sustainability and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), with speakers from the region sharing their experiences in the implementation of sustainability practices in airports.

    The session kicked off with Opening remarks by Mr Daniel Ng, Chief Sustainability Officer at the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS). This was followed by a presentation by Airports Council International (ACI) Asia-Pacific covering the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme and best practices in green airport infrastructure. Following that, representatives from Hong Kong International Airport (China) and Iloilo Airport (the Philippines) joined the session virtually to share on the Environmental Management Systems (EMS) that have been implemented on their sites towards achieving carbon reduction targets. Opportunities were also provided for meeting participants and observers to put forward questions to the panel of speakers.

    The second part of the programme featured a presentation on the EMS and sustainability practices at Changi Airport. Some insights were shared about the sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) pilot project in Singapore and Changi Airport’s facilitation process behind SAF deployment. Last but not least, participants heard from the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) which gave a high-level briefing on the findings of its recent study on its SAF report.

    We thank CAAS for providing the opportunity for industry members to partake in this important regional forum.

     

  • Aerospace Partners’ Golf Tournament 2022

    AAIS was proud to co-organise the Aerospace Partners’ Golf Tournament 2022 on 9 September, with the participation of over 80 golfers from the aerospace industry. Continuing a more than two-decade-old tradition, APGT 2022 once again demonstrated the aerospace community’s longstanding support for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore (CPAS).

    With the easing of SMM restrictions, bright smiles and interactions between participants were a welcome sight at Tanah Merah Country Club Garden Course. Despite the downpour during registration and lunch, spirits remained high as participants took the time to reconnect and catch up in a warm atmosphere. Shortly after, the rain subsided and the golfers enjoyed great games in cool weather. Roving buggies were activated to ensure a continuous supply of beer, 100-Plus, bananas and chocolate bars for participants in between strokes.

    View all photos from the golf tournament here

    The evening programme included a wine tasting session, performances by the boy’s brigade, a live performance by Daphne & Company, and networking dinner. One of the  highlights was a charity art auction, featuring unique artworks by the beneficiaries of CPAS. The dinner concluded with a prize presentation for the tournament and an exciting Raffle draw, where lucky winners walked away with attractive prizes.

      

    View all photos from the evening programme here

    It was a meaningful day of sportsmanship, philanthropy and networking for participating industry members. On behalf of the APGT Organising Committee, we thank all participants, sponsors, donors and volunteers for their generosity and oustanding support! All net proceeds from the event will be donated to CPAS, which is celebrating its 65th anniversary. To find out more or to make further contributions, please visit https://cpas.org.sg/donate/

    Golf Tournament Winners

    Champion: Yip Ying Kiong (36 points ocb)

    1st Runner Up: Geoffrey Grier (36 points ocb)

    2nd Runner Up: Kenny Yap (36 points)

    Team Champions: Team Airbus 2 (100pts)

    Geoffrey Grier

    Marius Fratiou

    James Bower

    Chong Jun Wen

    Novelty Games:

    Nearest to the pin (Individual): Om Prakash Yadav

    Nearest to the pin (Team): AAR

    Rahul Shah

    Andy Tang

    Monty Richardson

    Gonzaloa Salaxar

  • Visit of Timor-Leste Vice-Minister to SAP

    AAIS was pleased to welcome a delegation from Timor-Leste at Seletar Aerospace Park on 1 September 2022. The delegation, led by His Excellency Domingos Lopes Antunes, Vice-Minister of Trade and Industry of Timor-Leste, was accompanied by other senior officials from the Timor-Leste External Trade and Customs divisions.

    During their visit, the delegation was briefed on Seletar Aerospace Park and developments in the Singapore aviation and aerospace industries. The delegation also shared the prospects of developing an aviation industry to support tourism in Timor-Leste. AAIS was pleased to facilitate the visit and looks forward to more such exchanges.

  • Aerospace Technologies of the Future

    With a goal of net zero carbon emissions set for 2050, the aviation industries, governments, research bodies and solution providers have been tirelessly developing new technologies, policies and solutions to make the future of flight greener. On 30 August 2022, AAIS, Boeing and the Singapore Energy Centre were proud to organize the “Aerospace Technologies of the Future” workshop at NUSS Kent Ridge Guild House, with the involvement of NUS Aviation Club. Centered around the theme of sustainable aviation, the workshop welcomed experts and professionals from the aviation industry, public sector, and academia to discuss efforts and challenges of decarbonizing aviation, including future aircraft concepts, and renewable energies. The hybrid event received overwhelming response with physical seats oversubscribed.

    The workshop kicked off with opening remarks from AAIS President Wong Yue Jeen, followed by eye-opening presentations by Keynote speakers. Chief Sustainability Officer for the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) Daniel Ng spoke on the progress of the Sustainable Air Hub Blueprint for Singapore, highlighting measures and policies being adopted to reduce energy consumption and deploy renewable energy at Changi airhub. Michael Edwards, Senior Director of Boeing Research & Technology Asia Pacific then presented insights on “What is currently changing in Aerospace?”, providing updates on next-generation technologies at Boeing. Following this, Director of eVTOL Research and Innovation Centre at NTU, Professor James Wang, painted a vision of an exciting future in the next 20 years for eVTOL aircraft and the air taxi ecosystem. Director of CSIRO Futures, James Deverell rounded off the presentations with a sharing on technologies being developed towards decarbonising the aviation sector in the coming years.

      

    In the second half of the session, a panel discussion was held, featuring speakers from industry and academia. Panellists included Professor Liu Bin, Senior Vice Provost at NUS; Professor Sameer Alam, Deputy Director of Air Traffic Management Research Institute at NTU; Jacqueline Lam, Regional Lead, Global Sustainability Policy and Partnerships at Boeing International and Dr Ho Chaw Sing, CEO of the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster in Singapore. Moderated by Arun Mulay, Boeing Fellow at The Boeing Company, the panel took questions from the physical and online audience and had robust discussions on the progress of sustainable aviation, the use of hydrogen, air traffic management and Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAFs).

    Guests in attendance also took the opportunity to network during the coffee break and lunch reception after the workshop. AAIS thanks all speakers and panellists for a very fruitful session, as well as Boeing and Singapore Energy Centre for the partnership and event arrangements. It was certainly heartening to see stakeholders coming together to build a future for aviation and aerospace that is greener, brighter and more exciting!

     

  • ICCAIA Asia Briefing Summer Edition 2022 – Sustainability

    AAIS was pleased to organise the ICCAIA (International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries) Asia Briefing Summer Edition 2022, together with the Society of Japan Aerospace Companies (SJAC) and Malaysia Aerospace Industry Association (MAIA). Held on 25 August 2022, the webinar focused on environment and sustainability with speakers from across the aviation sector presenting information and giving views on the political landscape, technical solutions and issues of industry concern.

    Speakers of the ICCAIA Summer briefing 2022

    Following welcome remarks from AAIS, MAIA and SJAC representatives, the Permanent Representative of ICCAIA to the International Civil Aviation Organisation  (ICAO), Dan Carnelly, presented an overview of the net-zero carbon emissions goal for aviation, highlighting challenges and sustainability issues for Asia region. Dan touched on a “basket of measures” that has been identified by ICAO to help the industry mitigate CO2 emissions, including in-sector measures such as aircraft and engine technology, operations and fuels, complemented by out-of-sector or market-based measures rolled out via the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). This was followed by a briefing and updates by Haldane Dodd, Executive Director of Air Transport Action Group, on the developments of global policies being pursued on CORSIA and the recently released report for a long-term global aspirational goal (LTAG) for international aviation published by the Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP).

    Dr Eric Upton, Chairman at ICCAIA Aircraft Noise and Emissions Committee, then shared on ICCAIA’s contributions to CAEP and technical challenges for a new Joint Noise and CO2 Standard which calls for dual stringency. Rounding off the presentations, Sami Jauhiainen, Vice President of APAC at Neste Asia Pacific spoke on Sustainable Aviation Fuels, providing insights on the market outlook for SAFs and opportunities in Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region. Sami shared that Neste, having made investments in Rotterdam and Singapore, will increase its SAF output capacity to 1.5Mt by the end of 2023 (from 100,000 tons in 2019).

    Following the presentations, participants engaged in robust discussions with the speakers, bringing up questions on the availability of sustainable biomaterial feedstock for SAF supply, alternative pathways to SAF, the future for supersonic commercial flights given the intensity in sustainability, as well as the potential impact and responses for developed countries in Asia in meeting CORSIA and LTAG.

    We thank ICCAIA, and all the speakers for sharing their generous insights, and attendees for their active participation and questions.

     

  • SAQG Workshop: Changes in EASA Part 145

    AAIS held an in-person workshop on the new EASA Part 145 regarding new Safety Management System (SMS) regulations on 4 August 2022, conducted by Mr Luigi Preti, Maintenance Organisation Expert and EASA International Officer in Singapore. The session had a strong turnout, gathering more than 80 aerospace professionals at the AAIS premises in Seletar.

       

    During the workshop, Mr Luigi informed participants on the new regulation updates and highlighted what their next steps are under the new EASA Part 145. He also shared about the SMS Industry Standard comprising of four major components – safety policy and objectives, safety risk management, safety assurance and safety promotion. This can help organizations implement and improve their SMS, enabling them with a more effective information sharing process and continued airworthiness.

    We welcome interested companies/representatives to contact us (quality@aais.org.sg) to be part of the SAQG.

     

  • Urban Air Mobility Roundtable

    AAIS, ITE and Volocopter were proud to jointly organise the first Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Roundtable in Singapore on 13 July 2022. Held at ITE College Central, the event brought together UAM professionals and government representatives to discuss the development of the UAM ecosystem and business opportunities in the region. The in-person event drew the attention of aerospace professionals from across the sector, with seats oversubscribed.

    The session kicked off with a welcome by AAIS President Wong Yue Jeen and Opening Remarks by Chu Hon Lung (“Hon”), Head of APAC at Volocopter. This was followed by stimulating presentations by Volocopter CCO Christian Bauer on the Roadmap to Launching UAM, and Skyports Head of APAC Tay Yun-Yuan (“Yun”) on UAM Infrastructure. A robust panel discussion ensued, featuring speakers from leading UAM organisations including Augustine Tai, Business Development Lead (APAC) at Eve Air Mobility; Derek Cheng, Head of Commercial Asia-Pacific at Vertical Aerospace; as well as Volocopter’s Chief Risk & Certification Officer Oliver Reinhardt and CCO Christian Bauer. Moderated by AAIS Panel of Expert member Robin Thevathasan, panellists also included government representatives Tan Chun Wei, Director Unmanned Systems Technology & Partnership at the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore; and Ethan Lim, Assistant Vice President, Strategy Group (Mobility) at the Singapore Economic Development Board.

    Guests at the event also had the opportunity to visit the VoloCity Exhibition for a guided tour, which was followed by a networking lunch reception. The VoloCity showcase is Volocopter’s first exhibition for the public, where people can experience the eVTOL aircraft in person and learn about its future services. Volocopter will be offering free guided tours on a regular basis starting August 2022. Register for the tour here.

     

  • Virtual B2B Meetings: Singapore and Malaysia Aerospace Companies

    In collaboration with the Malaysia Aerospace Industry Association (MAIA), AAIS organised a virtual Business-to-Business (B2B) meeting programme on 7 July 2022. The event sought to provide members from both organisations with a platform to explore the regional aerospace and aviation market, as well as opportunities for synergy, collaboration and business ventures.

    The morning programme saw an opening address by AAIS President Wong Yue Jeen, as well as welcome remarks by CEO of Invest Selangor Berhad Dato Hasan Azhari Hj Idris. This was followed by a presentation on “The Need for Defining Supply Chain Competitiveness in a Post COVID Era” by Naguib Mohd Nor, President of MAIA. The speeches and presentation kicked off a day-long virtual B2B programme drew interest from a total of 75 Singapore and Malaysia aerospace companies, with more than 50 companies exchanging profiles.

     

  • Cybersecurity Resilience in Aviation

    Civil aviation is reliant on cyber technology to enable the safety and efficiency of air transport. It uses interconnected systems for air navigation, onboard aircraft control and communications, airport ground control, flight information, security screening and many other daily operations. The interconnection of aviation systems across geographic locations means that cyber threats to aviation are global. Therefore addressing cybersecurity needs to be addressed in a unified way by the entire aviation industry.

    With concerns over the increasing risks of cyber crimes worldwide, we were pleased to present a seminar on the topic of ‘Cybersecurity Resilience in Aviation’ with Mr Gerry Ngu, a senior expert in aviation cybersecurity. Gerry is currently the Technical Lead of the European Cybersecurity Centre for Aviation and Chairman of the recently established Network of Cybersecurity Analysts for the European Member States. The event attracted aerospace professionals from across the different subsectors. This in-person seminar was co-organised by AAIS and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) office in Singapore, and held on AAIS premises in Seletar on 29 June.

     

  • How COVID and Conflict in Ukraine has affected Aircraft Leasing

    Even before we bid goodbye to the pandemic, a new crisis has arisen in the form of the Russia-Ukraine conflict. More than 500 western-made leased aircraft were affected by sanctions against Russia by the end of March 2022. To address the topic of “How COVID and Conflict in Ukraine has affected Aircraft Leasing”, AAIS were pleased to organise a webinar on 23 June 2022 with distinguished speakers from Cirium and RHT Law. The session provided insights on how aircraft leasing has weathered the pandemic and is dealing with the fallout from the war in Europe.

    The webinar kicked off with a presentation from Mr Rob Morris, Global Head of Consultancy at Ascend by Cirium, who gave an assessment on the current market outlook, the impacts of sanctions on Russian leased aircraft fleet as well as the progress and challenges to recovery efforts by lessors. Rob also shared his views on the repercussions for lease rates, and touched on the impact of the conflict on the ongoing recovery of the commercial aircraft sector in Europe and globally.

    Next, Mr Rajaram Ramiah, Partner at RHT Law LLP, shared his views on the legal repercussions of international sanctions and suspension of airworthiness certificates on aircraft operating in Russia, as well as the policy responses from the Russian government. He also highlighted the complexities of insurance covers and claims for lessors as policyholders, given the unusual circumstances.

    Participants of the webinar took away good insights on the impact of sanctions on Russian leased fleets, the significance of the conflict with respect to global air travel recovery, and other uncertainties arising from a resurgence of COVID and other macroeconomic risks. We thank our senior expert speakers for their time and perspectives.

    The webinar recording will be available shortly.

     

  • Visitors from Italy, Switzerland and South Korea

    AAIS is delighted to once again be receiving international delegations, with the lifting of travel restrictions in April 2022. The visits provide opportunities for us to share the developments of the Singapore aviation and aerospace industries and Seletar Aerospace Park, find out about aerospace industry developments in the visitors’ countries and regions, as well as discuss opportunities for international business collaboration.

    • We were very pleased to host a delegation of MBA students from CUOA Business School (Italy) on 2 June 2022. We thank the Italian Chamber of Commerce Singapore for facilitating the visit.
    • We were also happy to once again, receive MBA students from the Center for Aviation Competence (Switzerland) on 15 June 2022 (pictured left), facilitated by Dr Andreas Wittmer of the University of St Gallen.
    • Most recently, we received a delegation from the Korea Aerospace Industries Association (Republic of Korea) (pictured right) on 21 June 2022 where we had a good discussion on the progress of our MRO industries.

       

     

  • UAS Community at Geo Connect Asia 2022

    The Singapore UAS Community by AAIS was active again from 1 to 2 June 2022 at the second edition of Geo Connect Asia (GCA), SE Asia’s flagship geospatial intelligence event. This in-person event with livestream was held at Sands Expo & Convention Centre with the aim of driving the adoption of geospatial technology from niche applications and into the mainstream.

    GCA 2022 examined geospatial technology, digital construction and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). Illustrating the relevance of geospatial technology in his opening speech, Mr Edwin Tong (Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Law) cited the example of Volocopter using geospatial technology to plan the integration of air mobility with urban transport networks.

    There were 2 parts to the UAV segment of the Conference. The first panel, discussing ‘Drones for good and goods: building excellence across ASEAN”, was moderated by Mr Robin Thevathasan of AAIS. Panellists included Mr Abhinand Pillay of Aerodyne who also delivered the keynote, Mr Ryan Lee of Heron Technology, Mr Benjamin Williams of the Singapore Red Cross Society, and Mr Yue Keng Mun of Temasek Polytechnic. The panel explored the role of technology (e.g. 5G) in enabling drone operations, and also the viability of a portable UTM to support humanitarian drone operations in rural environments.

    The second panel on ‘Innovative drone-based solutions: revolutionising business applications’ took a more case driven approach and was moderated by Mr Mohd Safuan Mohd Zairi of MRANTI. Panellists were Mr Ariffin Aris of AECA Solutions, Mr Rob Sanchez of China Construction, Mr Simon Morris of Quantum Systems and Mr Vincent Aw of SLA.

    Besides the presence of the educational institutions, commercial exhibitors at GCA 2022 included our members:  Heron Technology Pte Ltd, MF Media Academy Pte Ltd, Viscoy Pte Ltd and YJP Surveyors Pte Ltd. The Singapore UAS Community also had a booth to network with others in the geospatial community.

    We are appreciative that Mr Rupert Owen, co-founder of Geo Connect Asia, acknowledged AAIS’ support in his welcome speech. He also announced plans for a new Drone Asia segment in next year’s show, to be held from 15 to 16 Mar 2023.

     

    Singapore UAS Community exhibition booth

    Panel on ‘Drones for Good and Goods’

    Mr Robin Thevathasan of AAIS Panel of Experts

  • AAIS Annual Bowling Tournament 2022

    After a two-year hiatus, the aerospace community got the opportunity to get together again for the popular AAIS Bowling Tournament held on 28 May 2022 at  Orchid Bowl @ Orchid Country Club. It was a good, casual atmosphere as teams engaged in friendly competition for the coveted championship trophy whilst striking chances at novelty prizes.

    Our heartiest congratulations to the winning team of SIA Engineering Company and the runner-up teams from Singapore Aero Engine Services Private Limited (SAESL). We thank AAIS Management Committee member, Matthieu Pere, for giving away the prizes and the aerospace community for actively participating in this corporate team building event!

              

              

    View all photos from the event here

    Here are the winning teams and bowlers!

    Team Prizes Company/ Team Name Score
    Team Champion SIA Engineering Company Ltd/ ONE TEAM 2140
    1st Runner-up Singapore Aero Engine Services Pte Ltd/ SAESL B 1940
    2nd Runner-up Singapore Aero Engine Services Pte Ltd/ SAESL A 1831
     
    Individual Prizes Name/ Company Score
    Best Male Overall Poh Jia Chin/ Matcor Technology & Services 640
    Best Female Overall Ms Nur Azri Muhamad Azan/ SIA Engineering Company Ltd 551
    Highest Game Score (Male) POT: $50 Poh Jia Chin/ Matcor Technology & Services 235 (Game)

    Full Tournament scores
    AAIS Bowling Tournament 2022 (INDIVIDUAL Score)
    AAIS Bowling Tournament 2022 (TEAM Scores)

     

  • OneAviation Career Fair 2022

    Crowds thronged the first day of the OneAviation Career fair on 27 May 2022. With about 2,000 jobs available and interviews conducted on-site, it was a vibrant start to this 2-day event organised by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore and supported by AAIS, amongst other organisations.

    Senior Minister of State (Transport) and Dy Sec Gen of NTUC, Chee Hong Tat, gave an upbeat opening speech to kick off the career fair. He spoke of how Changi Airport passenger traffic had reached 50% of pre-COVID levels sooner than expected and predicted that the industry would recover 80-90% of its employment levels by end of year.

    On day 2, AAIS MC member Desmond Goh moderated a panel discussion on “The Aviation Engineer: Powering Our Future”, featuring industry professionals from Safran Electronics & Defense, SIA Engineering Company, Singapore Aero Engine Services, and Changi Airport Group. The career fair also featured other talks on topics such as aviation sustainability, aviation engineering and technology frontiers.

       

     

  • Aerospace Standards Technical Committee Strategic Planning

    AAIS was pleased to contribute towards the Strategic Planning Session of the Aerospace Standards Technical Committee (ASTC) on 20 May 2022.

    The ASTC  is a subcommittee of the Manufacturing Standards Committee under the Singapore Standards Council and is co-chaired by Mr Jimson Ngiam (Collins Aerospace) and Dr Kenneth Low (Singapore Institute of Technology) supported by SMF-Standards Development Organisation. The Strategic Planning Session was conceived as an opportunity to discuss and prioritise development of standards to support the national aerospace industry.

    In his opening address, Mr Ngiam introduced the work of the ASTC and noted the good progress made by the ASTC in the development of UAS standards during the past 2 years:

    TR78-1: 2020 – specifications for the use of UAS to conduct inspection of existing building facades

    TR78-2: 2021 – specifications for quality management and application of artificial intelligence for building façade inspection using UAS

    TR 101: 2022 – guidelines on airworthiness of unmanned aircraft systems

    Discussions at the Session focused on a wide scope, including Smart MRO, Digitalisation and Technology, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Manpower Development. Presentations by expert speakers were followed by a panel discussion moderated by Mr Mervyn Sirisena (Member of AAIS Panel of Experts and AAIS representative on the ASTC). This was followed by break-out discussions and a wrap-up by co-chair Dr Kenneth Low.

     

     

  • AAIS New Members’ Night

    AAIS held our inaugural New Members’ Night on 18 May 2022 at Parkroyal Beach Road. This new event was put together to welcome and introduce new corporate members that have joined AAIS in the past 6 months. With the easing of the safe management measures, we were delighted to be able to gather in-person and facilitate face-to-face introductions between representatives of member companies and members of the AAIS Management Committee.

    AAIS President Mr Wong Yue Jeen warmly welcomed new members, providing a preview of activities in the coming months. Participants had an enjoyable evening as connections were made and stories were shared. AAIS VP Richard Wong then capped off the first AAIS New Members’ night with a toast.

    We look forward to catching up with more members at upcoming events, including our quarterly HOST Networking session. Keep a lookout for HOST and other upcoming in-person activities in our newsletters, and do register to attend!

  • Dialogue with EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky

    In collaboration with the EASA regional office in Singapore, AAIS co-organised a dialogue session with EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky on 18 May 2022 at the Swissotel Stamford Hotel. The session welcomed a strong turnout of more than 60 senior executives and industry leaders.

    The session began with a welcome by Mr David Waller, EASA representative in Singapore, and was moderated by AAIS President, Mr Wong Yue Jeen. Mr Patrick Ky made a short presentation touching on key topics including innovation, aviation safety, urban air mobility, artificial intelligence, and underlined the aviation industry’s focus on sustainability and a “Green Recovery”.  He also gamely took on questions from senior executives and industry leaders in attendance, covering manpower crunch issues and geopolitical challenges in Europe impacting aviation globally.

    Our deepest appreciation to Mr Patrick Ky, the EASA regional office and all attendees of the dialogue.

     

  • International Air Travel Recovery in Singapore and the Region

    The third instalment of our new series of hybrid events on ‘International Air Travel Recovery in Singapore and the Region’ was held on 21 April 2022, featuring industry analyst and consultant, Brendan Sobie of Sobie Aviation.

    Brendan shared in-depth analyses of data including passenger traffic, airline operations and airport capacity figures from Singapore and around the region, and discussed projections on the recovery curve. He noted an uneven and bumpy recovery trend for air travel within the Southeast Asia region, highlighting the impact of China’s continued closure (zero-covid policy) on air travel recovery and Singapore’s leading position within the ASEAN region.

           

    Brendan also discussed changing international travel patterns and his views on industry actions needed to adapt to these changes and the ‘new norm’. His presentation was followed by a lively and interactive session with questions from both in-person and virtual attendees, touching on industry trends in the near future and the role of technology in the post-pandemic air travel era.

    We thank Brendan for an insightful and beneficial session and all attendees for their active participation.

     

    Watch the Recorded Livestream video below:

     

  • First Hybrid Training Course

    AAIS held our inaugural training course under a hybrid arrangement for “Welding Applications for Aerospace Qualification” from 11 to 13 April 2022. Utilising the new AAIS hybrid training room, the course hosted a total of 12 participants from nine companies. For this course, a majority of the participants were present in person at our facility in Seletar, with one virtual participant from Batam, Indonesia, joining in via MS Teams.

       

    The AAIS hybrid training room was launched in April to welcome the future of hybrid work and broaden our professional development offerings. The facility provides flexibility and seamless integration – participants who may face constraints about travelling to Singapore can opt to participate online and benefit from the same level of engagement as participants attending in-person. For more information, and to see our suite of training courses, visit https://aais.org.sg/training/.

     

  • 9100-series Standards Review Session Part 2

    Part two of the 9100-series standards review session was held on 7 April 2022 by the Singapore Aerospace Quality Group (SAQG), a community under the umbrella of AAIS. The participants represent companies that are parts distributor, manufacturing and MRO and provided their inputs during the session that are based on their experiences from implementing the 91XX standards within their organisations.

    The comments gathered during these sessions will contribute to upcoming updates of the standards. We thank the participants for their commitment and contributions. There will be similar sessions in the near future, and we welcome interested companies/representatives to contact us (quality@aais.org.sg) to be part of the SAQG.

     

  • MRO Market Outlook, Trends and Implications

    This hybrid event which took place at the new AAIS hybrid training premises on 1st April 2022 featured Mr David Stewart, Partner at Oliver Wyman. Tapping on his expertise and more than 35 years of aviation and consulting experience, David provided an analysis of the outlook for MRO and the forces that are set to shape the industry in the next decade.

    In his presentation, David shared that global aerospace MRO spending was projected to recover to pre-COVID levels by 2023, and grow at a CAGR of 8.9% in the next 3 years, to surpass US$100 billion by 2026. He noted that recovery would be bumpy across regions, highlighting that the global fleet recovery will be led by the narrowbody aircraft, which are projected to make up about 64% of the fleet by 2032 versus 58% in January 2020.

    David also shared useful insights specific to the Singapore aerospace MRO industry and took questions from in-person and online attendees on topics ranging from the Chinese aerospace market, manpower and talent and additive manufacturing, among others. We thank David for sharing his perspectives and analyses, and all in-person and online attendees for their active participation.

     

    Watch the Recorded Livestream video below:

  • Aircraft Leasing Tax Forum – Budget 2022

    Held on 31st March 2022, this hybrid event discussed the latest tax developments from Singapore Budget 2022 that will impact the Aircraft Leasing industry. The session kicked off with updates from Mr Low Zhi Hong, Account Manager, Capital Goods at EDB on the Aircraft Leasing Scheme. This was followed by a presentation by Ms Tan Bin Eng, Partner, Business Incentives Advisory Singapore at Ernst & Young (EY), who provided an overview of the key tax considerations for the aircraft leasing industry, an analysis of the Singapore tax environment, as well as recent and anticipated updates to relevant global tax rules.

    Ms Tan then joined Mr Lim Tse Yong, Vice-President and Head, Capital Goods & Conglomerates at EDB, for a frank and insightful panel discussion, moderated by AAIS Management Committee member, Mr Kevin Chow (CEO, Thales Solutions Asia). The panel took questions from the audience and discussed developments in the leasing industry, highlighting opportunities for Singapore as global tax rules are adjusted and leasing organisations re-strategise their businesses across various regions.

    The event was the first in-person seminar for members held at the AAIS premises in 2 years. The session was conducted and live-streamed from the new hybrid premises at AAIS.

     

    Watch the Recorded Livestream video below:

  • #Breakthebias: Aviation and Aerospace Careers in Singapore

    In conjunction with International Women’s Day, AAIS, Women in Aviation International Singapore Chapter, and NTU Aerospace Society organised a hybrid event on 16 Mar 2022 at NTU. We were pleased to have Ms Susan Goh of SIA Engineering, Ms Leong Wai Kuan of UPS and Ms Michelle Woon of Dnata share reflections on their careers in a conversation moderated by Mr Oliver Chamberlain of AAIS Management Committee and Rolls-Royce, and hosted by Mr Chinmay Bhandari of NTU Aerospace Society.


    Panel speakers in action

    Mr Oliver Chamberlain of AAIS Management Committee moderating the discussion

     

    Watch the Recorded Livestream video below:

     

  • Charter on Aviation Safety Culture

    AAIS has joined 80 aviation organisations as a signatory of the “Charter for a Strong and Positive Safety Culture in Singapore” by the Civil Aviation Authority
    of Singapore (CAAS). This is the first-ever Safety Charter for the Singapore aviation sector.

    Recognising various safety-related challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Charter expresses the shared commitment by leaders in the sector to jointly uphold safety standards and strengthen safety culture in their respective organisations as air travel recovers. Signatories of the Charter pledge to:

    • Uphold safety as a key priority and core value.
    • Foster a strong and positive safety culture.
    • Broaden and strengthen safety promotion, including in collaboration with other organisations.
    • Encourage voluntary reporting of safety hazards, unsafe practices, and safety errors, and including self-disclosure of mistakes, slips, and lapses.
    • Promote confidentiality and protection from punitive action for self-disclosure of safety lapses and mistakes, while not tolerating conduct that constitutes gross negligence, wilful misconduct or criminal activity.
    • Contribute towards strengthening the collective aviation safety culture in Singapore.

    The Charter was officially launched by DG Han Kok Juan at the annual CAAS Aviation Safety Forum, which was held at the Pan Pacific on 7 March 2022. At the forum, CAAS also presented the findings of the Aviation Safety Culture Survey – Singapore’s first-ever industry-wide survey to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on aviation safety culture and identify areas for improvement.

    View “Charter for a Strong and Positive Safety Culture in Singapore”
    View List of Signatories of the Charter

     

  • Singapore Pavilion @ Singapore Airshow 2022

    Close to 13,000 trade attendees from more than 39 countries/regions; representing more than 70% of the top 20 global aerospace companies congregated at Singapore Airshow 2022 to expand partnerships, networks and business opportunities across the world.

    The Singapore Pavilion featured a great selection of SMEs representing a diverse cross-section of the local ecosystem. Capabilities showcased include parts design, leasing, surface treatment and special processes, aircraft ground services, specialised unmanned aircraft systems, digital solutions, and others.

    Singapore Pavilion exhibitors:

    • ACP Metal Finishing Pte Ltd
    • Airtec Corporation (Asia) Pte Ltd
    • Alpsun Pte Ltd
    • Apps-Connect Pte Ltd
    • CBMM Supply Services and Solutions Pte Ltd
    • Diamond Aviation Pte Ltd
    • Hope Technik Pte Ltd
    • Hypercoat Enterprises Pte Ltd
    • iHawk Global Pte Ltd
    • Transfingo Aviation Solutions Pte Ltd

    Download the Singapore Pavilion @ Singapore Airshow 2022 Exhibitor Directory

    Among the VIPs who visited, we were pleased to welcome Minister of Transport S Iswaran, SMS Defence Heng Chee How, Chief Defence Scientist Tan Peng Yam, Chief of Defence Force LG Melvin Ong and Chief of Navy RADM Aaron Beng on 15 February, as well as JTC Chairman Tan Chong Meng, CEO Tan Boon Khai, and JTC Board members on 16 February.

    View more photos of VIP visits and the Singapore Pavilion exhibitors at the Aerophotoworks gallery.

     

  • Aerospace Leaders’ Dialogue Singapore 2022

    It was an exciting morning as AAIS members and senior executives from the industry gathered at the inaugural Aerospace Leaders’ Dialogue Singapore 2022. Organised by AAIS as a hybrid event on the sidelines of Singapore Airshow, the focus was on the theme of ‘Sustainability, Innovation and Technology for the Future of Aerospace’.

    AAIS President Wong Yue Jeen kicked off the proceedings with opening remarks, noting, “A lot has been said about what the industry has experienced over the last two years. Today, we really want to focus on our quest for the future.”

     

    We were privileged to hear from senior industry leaders through presentations and panel discussions. Many important insights were shared on the efforts, developments, and challenges to enabling the aviation and aerospace industries to achieve Net-Zero Emissions by 2050. The discussions touched on corporate priorities on the road to recovery, global sustainability strategies, renewable energies, and advanced technologies.

    ALDS 2022, which was held on 17 February, was supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board and live-streamed with the sponsorship of DJET Air. Our deep appreciation to the panel speakers and their staff, and to attendees, both in-person and on live-stream.

    Panel of Speakers – ALDS 2022

    Dr Valerie Manning 
    Senior Vice President, Training and Flight Operations Services
    Airbus
    Dan Abraham
    Senior Vice President of Commercial Sales, Marketing, and Business Development
    Boeing Global Services
    Kathy MacKenzie
    President & CEO, Commercial Engine Operations
    GE Aviation
    Nicolas Bonleux
    Managing Director and Chief Commercial Officer
    Liebherr-Aerospace & Transportation
    Dr Bicky Bhangu
    President, South East Asia, Pacific & South Korea
    Rolls-Royce

     

    Watch the Recorded Livestream video below:

  • Singapore Aerospace Technology Leadership Forum (SATFL) 2022

    Held on 14 February, SATFL 2022 kicked off a series of thought-provoking conferences and industry engagement events that took place during the week of the Singapore Airshow. Co-organised by A*STAR and AAIS, SATFL 2022 was conducted virtually with the theme, ‘Relaunching Aviation’.

    In his keynote address, Minister (MOM/MTI) Dr Tan See Leng emphasised the government’s commitment to continue supporting the transformation and upskilling of the aerospace workforce, as well as the industry’s strategic research initiatives.

    The first of two panel sessions was moderated by Gayle Chan of DSTA, with speakers: Ted Colbert of Boeing, David So Man Fung of SIAEC, Kevin Matthies of Spirit AeroSystems, and Lee Hui Fung of ST Engineering. The panel addressed technologies that have or are being developed as aerospace companies ‘Position for Recovery’, touching on implementation, change management, human capital development and other factors to consider in implementing new technologies within their organisations.

    The second panel on ‘Strengthening Future Readiness’ was moderated by Robin Thevathasan of AAIS, featuring speakers: Sabine Klauke of Airbus, Fassi Kafyeke of Bombardier, Francis Preli of Pratt & Whitney, Grazia Vittadini of Rolls-Royce and Bernhard Quendt of Thales. The session saw robust discussions on the path to Net Zero, touching on collaborations across the industry, electric and hydrogen-powered flights, and SAFs.

     

    Watch Panel 1 below:

    Watch Panel 2 below:

     

  • Aviation Sustainability from an Airline Perspective

    Held on 25 January 2022, this webinar featured Mr Chen Fook Ping, Vice-President of Sustainability at Singapore Airlines. Mr Chen shared insights on the Singapore Airlines Group’s sustainability efforts. His presentation covered sustainability with respect to Climate Action, Responsible Consumption and having a Positive Impact on Society.

    Last year, the Airline committed to a 2050 net zero carbon emissions target. It plans to achieve this by maintaining a young and modern fleet, operating efficiently, adopting sustainable aviation fuel and maintaining a carbon offset programme. To promote responsible consumption across its operations, it is practising the 5Rs of waste reduction, conserving water and applying digital solutions. Finally, the Airline also hopes to use its business as a force for good in society.

    To round off the session, Mr Chen observed that to achieve its sustainability and climate goals would require an “all hands on deck” approach involving all its partners – OEMs, suppliers, technology providers and government.

     

    Watch this Webinar below:

  • Virtual Business Mission Japan

    AAIS was pleased to facilitate a virtual business mission to Japan from 24-28 January 2022, in partnership with SME Support Japan (Organization for Small and Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation, Japan). This marked the fourth year of our members’ participation in the annual ‘CEO Business Meeting Event for Innovative Industry’. The pre-arranged B2B matching and business meetings were held online, supported by interpreters and business advisors.

    Participating companies were:
    1. ACP Metal Finishing Pte Ltd
    2. CW Aero Services Pte Ltd
    3. Diamond Aviation Pte Ltd
    4. KBG Contract Machining Pte Ltd

    Some feedback from participating companies:

    “Quite good, in-depth managed to get some potential customers.”

    “Generally, well organized and good translators available.”

    “It’s a good arrangement for matching companies which can achieve mutual benefits. All meetings went smoothly and we will have further discussions with all the companies.”

    We thank SME Support Japan for this opportunity and look forward to more engagements and physical networking events with Japanese companies when the situation allows.

       

     

  • 9100-series Standards Review Sessions

    The Singapore Aerospace Quality Group (SAQG), a community under the umbrella of AAIS, conducted two 9100-series standards review sessions on 11 & 12 January 2022, with the active participation of representatives from Singapore-based companies that are certified to the 9100-series quality management system standards. The participants, who represented various sub-sectors, including airframe, avionics, component, defence, engine and special processes, gave their views based on experiences from implementing the 9100 standards within their organisations.

    The International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) produces the AS9100 standard as a set of guidelines used by the aerospace industry for implementing a Quality Management System. The standard is modified for the aerospace industry from the internationally recognised standard ISO 9001. The ISO 9001 standard is reviewed every five years to determine what changes, if any, are required to keep the standards up-to-date and relevant. IAQG supports these changes and considers additional requirements that reflect the needs of the aerospace industry today to keep the AS9100 series of standards updated.

    The comments gathered during these sessions will contribute to upcoming updates to be made by IAQG. We thank the participants for their commitment and contributions. There will be similar sessions in the near future, and we welcome interested companies/representatives to contact us (quality@aais.org.sg) to be part of the SAQG.

     

Events 2021
  • Singapore Stopover: Meet Zara Rutherford

    It was a very special Christmas eve in Singapore as we received 19-year-old aviator Zara Rutherford at Seletar airport. With her arrival in Singapore on 24 December 2021 onboard her Czech-Slovak Shark aircraft, the Belgian pilot was well on course to breaking a world record as the youngest woman ever to circumnavigate the globe, and the youngest person ever to fly around the world in an ultralight.

    Shortly after her dramatic landing in Singapore, just before a tropical thunderstorm rolled in, Zara participated in a special webinar co-organised by AAIS, the Belgian embassy, the Czech Republic embassy, and Women in Aviation International SG Chapter. The intrepid teenager spoke to young men and women and aviation enthusiasts about her adventure and aspirations, sharing the challenges and wonderful experiences from her unique and daring flying expedition.

    Follow the progress of Zara’s quest at https://flyzolo.com/.

     

    Watch this Webinar below

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  • Year-end HOST networking 2021

    To close the year, AAIS members got together virtually on the evening of 10 Dec 2021. Our new President, Mr Wong Yue Jeen hosted a conversation with newly-elected management committee members, Mr Oliver Chamberlain of Rolls-Royce Singapore and Ms Yap Siok Leng of Meggitt Aerospace Asia Pacific. This was followed by networking in smaller groups before a toast to close the year.

    A special acknowledgment to our guests, Mr David Waller of EASA and Ms Lim Li Khee of ESG for joining us. We were also glad to welcome members of our Panel of Experts, Mr Jeremy Chan, Mr Soh Chee Siong, Mr Mervyn Sirisena and Mr Michael Daniel. It was a delighted to have our newer members join us, including Mr Kevin Ng of Quebec Government, Mr Joshua Ng of Alton Aviation, Mr Cai Hounan of Additive Flight Solutions, and Mr Fergus Lopez of Diethlem Keller Aviation.

     

     

  • ITAP2021: Transformation & Opportunities in the Aerospace Sector

    AAIS collaborated with ITAP 2021 to present a Digital Sandbox webinar, ‘Transformation and Opportunities in the Aerospace Sector’, on 24 Nov 2021. The event was moderated by CE AAIS and featured a panel discussion with Mr Hanaka Minoru (GM International Affairs, Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies) and Mr Naguib Mohd Nor (President, Malaysia Aerospace Industry Association), followed by a presentation by Mr Shawn Lee (Head of Digital Solutions APAC, Airbus Group). The panel shared its view of the pandemic’s impact on industry and early signs of recovery. It also discussed how i4.0 transformation was helping to shape the recovery and the role industry associations were playing. Shawn rounded off the webinar by sharing on the progress of Airbus’ Skywise digital service and its impact on customers.

    Watch this Webinar below:

     

     

  • Innovation in Air Transport

    The ‘Innovation in Air Transport’ webinar held on 11 Nov 2021 was co-organised with Starburst Aerospace. Mr Julius Yeo of Starburst introduced the session with a briefing on the progress of the Singapore Aviation Accelerator which graduated 8 start-ups from its inaugural cohort and is working with them on commercialization.

    The accelerator aims to identify up to 13 startups a year for investment, business development and talent acquisition, putting them through a 90-day bootcamp. Focus areas include sustainability and green aviation, digitalization, data security, air cargo and logistics, enhancing of operations and infrastructure, and enhancing the passenger experience, and other technologies with potential synergies.

    A highlight of the webinar was the presentation by Mr Paul Brady of CarbonClick, which has developed a carbon offset solution for airports, airlines and e-commerce platforms. While carbon offsetting has been around for some time, CarbonClick has simplified the process for consumers and removes the complexity of navigating the market to identify high quality, meaningful and verified projects.

    This presentation was followed by a panel discussion with Mr Karthikeyan T. of SIA Engineering Company and Mr Alex Kasinec of Evitado Technologies, a start up from the first cohort of the Singapore Aviation Accelerator. Alex explained that Evitado was set up to automate airport ground operations to improve situation awareness, safety and efficiency. Evitado is working on a ground collision avoidance solution with SIA Engineering Company.
     

    Watch this Webinar below:

  • SAQG Online Workshop: IAQG OASIS (Online Aerospace Supplier Info System)

    The second SAQG Online Workshop on IAQG OASIS (Online Aerospace Supplier Info System) was held on 3 November 2021 and was well attended by fellow aerospace professionals.

    SAQG Chairman Mr Jeffrey Ho (Rolls-Royce Singapore) provided step-by-step guidance on using OASIS as a supplier and presented a preview of the upcoming OASIS v3 updates.

    Please refer to https://oasishelp.iaqg.org/roles/supplier/ for the guidance materials.

    Several OASIS v3 training will be organised by IAQG during December 2021. Suppliers, certification bodies and auditors are encouraged to sign up via the IAQG website.

  • Aerospace Partners’ Golf Tournament 2021

    The Aerospace Partners Golf Tournament 2021 was held on Friday 29 Oct 2021 at Garden Course, Tanah Merah Country Club, after a year’s hiatus. The tournament attracted 92 golfers who enjoyed the fine weather, and novelty games with prizes such as aircraft models, tiger beer, gin and whisky. Roving buggies ensured that beer, 100-Plus, bananas and chocolate bars were never in short supply. Players also generously participated in the mulligan raffle. It was an all-in-all roaring good time despite the constraints of safe management restrictions. The tournament ended on a high note with the following winners:

    Champion: Johnny Eng 36 point (ocb)

    1st runner-up: Paul Hallam 36 points

    2nd runner-up: Edwin Khew 36 points (ocb)

    Team Champions :

    Matius Fratiou

    Peter Lundberg

    Christopher Harvey

    Mehdi Sbais

    Novelty Game:

    Nearest-the-pin (Hole 11)

    1st prize: James Lye

    2nd prize: Danny Soong

    The longest drive (Hole 13)

    Above 50 years old: James Lye

    Below 50 years old: Marc Paquet

    All net proceeds from the tournament will go towards the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore.

  • AAIS 19th Annual General Meeting

    The 19th Annual General Meeting of AAIS was held virtually on Thursday 28 October 2021 with the following highlights:

    Opening Remarks by Outgoing President
    In his opening remarks, outgoing President Mr Philip Quek noted that the prolonged pandemic and resulting crisis has had a significant impact on the aerospace and aviation industries. However, the industry was starting to see signs of recovery, with the aerospace segment marking growth of 21% in the second quarter of 2021, from a low base of MRO activities in the previous year. Despite a “bumpy” road to recovery and anticipated challenges in the post-pandemic landscape, the long-term outlook for aerospace remained positive, and members were called upon to strategise and plan for growth. To position for the future, the Association was gearing up to address three areas– sustainability, transformation, and advocacy.

    Watch the Opening Remarks below:

    Recognition of Contributions to the Industry during the COVID-19 crisis

    The Association and its members expressed their appreciation to key partners who had played a pivotal role in guiding and supporting the industry and AAIS through the challenging COVID-19 crisis:

    1. Mr Robin Thevathasan, Chair of the AAIS COVID-19 Taskforce
    2. Mr Tan Kong Hwee, Executive Vice President at the Singapore Economic Development Board
    3. Ms Glory Wee, former Director of the Aerospace, Marine & Offshore Urban Solutions at the JTC Corporation
    4. Mr Ho Chi Bao, former Director of Advanced Manufacturing at Enterprise Singapore

     

    Appreciation for the 12th Management Committee 2019/21

    The Association also recorded its appreciation to the 12th Management Committee for its leadership through the worst of the pandemic. Two long-serving MC members who stepped down at the AGM were recognised:

    1. Mr Philip Quek (AAIS President – September 2015 to October 2021)
    2. Mr Philip Sung (AAIS Honorary Treasurer – September 2017 to 2019 and 2020 to 2021; Asst Honorary Treasurer – 2019 to 2020; Committee Member – 2015 to 2017)

    Endorsement of Reports and External advisors

    Members present endorsed the FY2020/21 Annual Report and Financial Statements and agreed unanimously to reappoint Mr Paul Sandosham of Clifford Chance as the Honorary Legal Advisor and Ernst & Young as the Honorary External Auditor.

    Appointment of the 13th Management Committee 2021/23

    The election results for the 13th AAIS Management Committee were announced. Elected members will be serving a two-year term (until AGM in 2023). We warmly congratulate all members of the committee!

    In his closing remarks, newly elected President Mr Wong Yue Jeen highlighted that AAIS would be looking to work closely with industry, partners and government agencies to execute action plans towards developing Singapore as a sustainable aerospace hub. Leveraging the Aerospace Industry Transformation Map 2.0, it will engage and work with members to shape, design and innovate the landscape towards the advancement of the aerospace industry.

     

  • ICAO High Level Conference on COVID-19

    AAIS was pleased to have attended The International Civil Aviation Organization’s High Level Conference on COVID-19 (HLCC) as delegates of ICCAIA on 12-22 Oct 2021.

    For two weeks, government and industry stakeholders from around the globe participated in round-table sessions bringing together Ministers of Transport and Health with senior civil aerospace sector leaders.

    At the closing plenary, ICCAIA alongside other industry associations welcomed the declaration made by the Ministerial participants of the HLCC to address the global crisis in aviation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Read the full text of the industry statement.

    AAIS is an associate member of the International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Associations (ICCAIA), which represents the aerospace manufacturing and support industries from the United States, Europe, Canada, Russia, Brazil, Japan, Singapore, and Mexico.

  • First UAS Community Networking Session

    We celebrated the end of the week with our first UAS Community-only networking event on 15 Oct 2021. Nicolas Ang of F-Drones skilfully hosted conversations with Mike Monnik of DroneSec and Vincent Lim of Viscoy, where we learnt more about their stories and businesses. This was followed by break-out sessions – we never seem to have enough time for this!

    Previous networking events were combined with the rest of AAIS membership. But having reached a critical mass, the Singapore UAS Community will start alternating between holding its own networking events and joining AAIS members for HOST networking.

     

     

  • PMET Career Talk on Jobs & Skills in the Aerospace Industry 

    90 fresh graduates, mid-career switchers and jobseekers attended this aerospace career talk presented by Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) on 12 October 2021. The event was part of Aerospace Week coordinated by e2i to highlight job and career opportunities and to dispense career advice to jobseekers.

    AAIS was pleased to be a supporting partner, with AAIS CE Mr Sia Kheng Yok briefing participants on the aerospace industry’s outlook. He said that airlines had suffered deep losses since 2020 due to pandemic-induced travel restrictions. However, air cargo had recovered and domestic air travel in China, North America and Europe had picked up. This was having a positive effect on the aerospace sector and Singapore EDB had reported a 22% growth (year-on-year) in aerospace output in August. Industry leaders expressed optimism over initial signs of recovery at a forum the week before. Manpower Minister Tan See Leng had also just announced that the industry was looking to fill 1,000 places over the next 2 years.

    Following Mr Sia’s briefing, e2i Career Coach Ms Yogeswary D/O Nithah Nandan and Senior SkillsFuture Advisor Mr Brian Wong shared practical advice to aid jobseekers in their personal development and job search process. A panel discussion was then convened, involving HR practitioners from Pratt & Whitney, Ms Cynthia Tan and Mr Eleutherius Liew. Such was the interest in this that the entire session overran by an hour!

  • Aerospace Day 2021

    Jointly organised by JTC, AAIS, the polytechnics and ITE, Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) and aerospace companies, Aerospace Day 2021 was held virtually on 11 October 2021 for the first time and attracted 1,800 students and job seekers.

    In his opening speech, 2nd Minister for Manpower Dr Tan See Leng announced that “aerospace companies in Singapore are planning to hire 1,000 people over the next two years, as the pandemic-battered sector gears up for new growth opportunities in digital services, autonomous technologies and sustainability.”

    At the event, audience were treated to sharing sessions by industry experts on the latest industry trends including the vision of a future hangar, towards net-zero carbon emission, urban mobility, latest happenings in MRO, demand for private jets and cutting-edge of sustainable propulsion.

    To showcase the job opportunities available in the sector, aerospace firms set up interactive virtual exhibition booths and participants get to connect directly with company representatives via live-chats. Students and mid-career job seekers can also look forward to exclusive tours to company facilities in Seletar Aerospace Park at the end of the year.

           

     

  • Inaugural meeting of the SG UAS Community Advisory Committee

    The Singapore UAS Community Advisory Committee had its inaugural meeting on 10 Sep 2021, to review the progress of the Community and to discuss priorities in developing the industry. We had engaging discussions on the relative strengths of the Singapore industry, opportunties for talent development, and other matters. We are grateful to the pioneering members of the Advisory Committee for the insightful and fruitful discussion:

    Name Company
    Robin Thevathasan Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore)
    Tan Kah Han Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore
    Simon Lim Enterprise Singapore
    Zhang Weiliang Avetics Global Pte Ltd
    Nicolas Ang F-drones Pte Ltd
    Mark Yong Garuda Robotics Pte Ltd
    Ryan Lee Heron Technology Pte Ltd
    Gianmarco Radice Singapore Institute of Technology
    Tay Yun Yuan Skyports Pte Ltd

     

     

     

  • Flying giants: The Antonov-124

    AAIS was delighted to organise an exclusive first-hand insight into the iconic Antonov-124, an aircraft that was designed in the 1970s and for 30 years was the world’s heaviest production cargo airplane by gross weight. This webinar on 9 September 2021 was held in cooperation with Volga-Dnepr group and our member, Air Freight Logistics Singapore Pte Ltd. We thank Mr Robin Thevathasan (member of AAIS Panel of Experts), who moderated the session with An-124 experts Mr Vladimir Vyshemirskiy and Mr Evgeniy Maksharov. Vladimir and Evgeniy spoke on the An-124 specifications and shared many interesting examples of oversized and unusual cargo carried by the aircraft, including Pilatus aircraft for the RSAF.

     

    Watch this Webinar below:

  • Launch of Solar Adoption Report

    Even as the global pandemic continues to create uncertainties, aviation has been plotting its green recovery. The local aerospace industry has continued to pursue sustainability and decarbonisation goals.

    The inaugural Singapore Aerospace Industry Solar Adoption Report (SAISAR 2021) was launched on 31 August 2021 and presents a consolidated view of progress made by the aerospace industry in Singapore towards implementing solar energy as part of Singapore’s national target of 2 GWp by 2030. It also represents the association’s effort and commitment to work with aerospace companies to meet their sustainability goals. We hope this provides more impetus for companies to understand the benefits and possibilities of solarisation, and helps them embark on the path to a greener future.

    The launch event saw Dr Bicky Bhangu, Rolls-Royce’s President for SE Asia, Pacific and S Korea, speak as a representative of the aerospace community about the company’s sustainability programmes. Mr Chan Mun Wei of Sustainability SG presented the  SAISAR 2021 report on behalf of AAIS. As a call to action, JTC’s Senior Engineer, Mr Koh Tee Yan shared about JTC’s solar initiatives in support of industry.

    Watch this Webinar below:

    To view or download the full report, visit our SAISAR microsite: https://aais.org.sg/sustainability/ 

  • Aviation GP Drone Race

    The Aviation GP drone race on 19 August 2021 was a wonderful occasion to connect in-person with aerospace and UAS colleagues, following the lifting of Phase 2(HA) restrictions. The event, organised by D1 Racing and Institute of Technical Education College Central and supported by AAIS, was graced by Minister of State for Trade & Industry and Culture, Community and Youth, Mr Alvin Tan. Minister also opened the Airbus-ITE ACT for Academy Training Centre and took time to watch the races and interact with guests. We look forward to more such events as Singapore opens up.

    Hangar with drone pilots at far end

     

    Race in progress (Can you spot 2 drones?)

  • IATA Financial Resilience and Industry Standards

    In a webinar session on 5 August 2021 moderated by Desmond Goh of Eaton Aerospace and member of AAIS’ Management Committee, we were pleased to welcome Ms Winnifred Yeo (“Winni”) of IATA Asia Pacific to speak about Industry Financial Resilience and IATA. Winni spoke about IATA’s role in advocacy and standardisation. She also explained how IATA’s e-invoicing service and IATA Clearing House (ICH) facilitate payments between airlines, suppliers and governments. The e-invoicing service simplifies procedures, standardises invoice formats, facilitates reconciliation, settlement of disputes and ultimately enables timely payments, The ICH performs settlements in various currencies, reduces risks, improves cash flow and has achieved close to 100% on-time payments for several years. We thank Winni for showing how some MROs and other suppliers are already taking advantage of this for improved financial resilience and efficiency.

     

    Watch this Webinar below:

     

     

  • ICCAIA 2nd Asia Briefing: Carbon Offsetting & Reduction Scheme for International Aviation

    ICCAIA conducted its 2nd Asia briefing on 29 July 2021 in partnership with members, SJAC and AAIS, and observer, MAIA. As part of the briefing, Sean Newsum, Director of Sustainability Strategy at Boeing, spoke on CORSIA. Sean explained how aviation had set global climate goals in 2008 and was investing in technology, making operational and infrastructure improvements, ramping up use of sustainable aviation fuels, and using carbon offsets. The latter, in the form of CORSIA, was an interim measure, buying time for the other measures to achieve results. A detailed explanation of the CORSIA mechanism was given, including how ICCAIA was supporting this.

    Watch this Webinar below:

  • ICCAIA 2nd Asia Briefing: UTM and Integrated Airspace Management

    At ICCAIA’s 2nd Asia briefing on 29 July 2021, Bob Lee, Chair of ICCAIA’s CNS/ATM Committee, explained efforts to safely and effectively integrate unmanned aircraft into the overall airspace management concept. The key to this lay in managing air and ground risks. This entailed the capability to integrate unmanned operations with existing airspace users and air traffic control. He highlighted the current lack of supporting systems and infrastructure for communications, navigation, surveillance, micro-weather, and to replace a  pilot’s ability to “see and avoid”. Bob shared his views on the directions being taken towards a highly automated, information-centric environment, enabled by a system of systems. He also offered an indicative timeline of UTM regulatory evolution.

    Mitch Fox of ICCAIA concluded the session by announcing that an ICCAIA Advisory Group had been formed on ‘Integrated ATM and Airspace Management’ comprising members and also other international organisations. The group would propose a path ahead for an industry transition to integrated ATM and digital airspace management, including working with ICAO to identify activities to support this. AAIS welcomes members’ indication of interest to be part of this Advisory Group or the ICCAIA CNS/ATM Committee chaired by Bob Lee.

    Watch this Webinar below:

  • ICCAIA 2nd Asia Briefing: ICAO Asia & Pacific Regional Office

    ICCAIA’s 2nd Asia briefing on 29 July 2021 included an introduction to ICAO’s Asia & Pacific Office (APO) by Regional Officers, Anam Nazmul and Parakrama Dissanayake. Anam explained the 3 fora in the region that drove the Office’s key activities: APANPIRG – air navigation planning and implementation, RASG-APAC – aviation safety, and RASCF – aviation security. He also highlighted recent achievements in air navigation capacity and efficiency, aviation security and facilitation, and environmental protection within the Asia Pacific region. Parakrama spoke on the 5 regional technical cooperation programmes for developing operational safety and continuing airworthiness. Anam concluded the briefing by explaining how ICCAIA members could connect with the activities of ICAO APO.

     

    Watch this Webinar below:

     

  • Drone Industry and Market Trends

    Rotorcraft Asia – Unmanned Systems Asia 2021 was not conducted because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In lieu of an in-person event, AAIS and Experia co-organised a webinar on ‘Drone Industry and Market Trends’ on 28 July 2021.

    Hendrik Boedecker of Drone Industry Insights presented an overview of the global drone market and investments in the industry. This was followed by perspectives from 2 drone services companies operating from Hamburg and Singapore. Matthias Gronstedt of HHLA Sky spoke of the origins of the company developing its robust and scalable drone solution for remote inspection of port cranes at Hamburg Harbour. Zhang Weiliang of Avetics Global then reviewed drone industry developments in Singapore. He shared his perspective of the economics of operating in a niche market, defined largely by smart city applications and government initiatives. This webinar was jointly presented with Rotorcraft Asia & Unmanned Systems Asia.

    Visit https://rca-umsa.com/webinars-on-demand/ to request access to the recording.

  • AI and Ethics in Aviation

    On the topic of introducing AI in aviation, the European Aviation Safety Agency highlighted 4 questions to be addressed:

    • How to establish public trust in AI-based systems?
    • How to integrate the ethical dimension of AI (transparency, non-discrimination, fairness, etc.) in safety certification processes?
    • How to prepare the certification of AI systems?
    • What standards, protocols, and methods we need to develop to ensure that AI will further improve air transport safety?

    Michael Daniel of Aviation Insight and Dr Bicky Bhangu of Rolls-Royce give their take on how the industry should develop and adopt an AI ethical framework – from both a regulatory and safety perspective, and from the point of view of achieving the desired outcomes of deploying AI. This event was co-organised by AAIS and SGInnovate on 26 July 2021.

     

    Watch this Webinar below:

  • Security of Aerial Cyber-Physical Systems

    Drones are playing an increasingly significant role in society, from making some jobs safer, increasing efficiency in logistics, to providing life-saving support. They have become an important asset and tool for organizations looking for better and safer ways to get things done.

    However, there are risks associated with these ‘flying computers’. Drones collect, store and transmit data (video, audio, GPS telemetry) over wireless communications to devices and in some cases, the unprotected cloud. Data can therefore be intercepted in various ways during flight and the drone itself can also be taken down via multiple means, exposing potentially sensitive data to attackers. Dr Heather Monthie explores ways to develop secure drones, from building, coding, flying, to certification. She also speaks to educators about how cybersecurity can be taught in schools.

    Drones have also been used for nefarious purposes, and vital installations like airports are grappling with the problem of drone detection and deployment of  effective countermeasures. Harshit Agrawal examines the various technological solutions to these issues in his presentation.

    We are pleased to have collaborated with DroneSec, a member of Singapore UAS Community, to present this webinar.

    Watch this Webinar below:

  • Powder Bed Fusion and Directed Energy Deposition AM for Aerospace

     

    In this AM Community webinar on 8 July 2021, we examined 2 metal AM technologies that are making inroads in Aerospace applications – Powder Bed Fusion (PBF) and Directed Energy Deposition (DED). Pierre Pays and Oscar Derouette of BeAM Machines discussed the merits of both technologies and their applications with case studies.

    PBF shares the layer-by-layer fabrication approach of other AM methods, but requires minimal support structures, allowing for more complex geometries to be produced. DED involves a focused energy source to locally melt feedstock material. Multi-axis deposition is possible and DED is suited to Aerospace manufacturing, coatings and repairs of high-value aerospace components such as turbine blades, blisks and engine combustion chambers.

    In the case of a Titanium hydraulic manifold produced by Laser PBF, materials savings of 86% were achieved as compared to conventional machining from a Titanium block. The value of topological optimisation of the design for AM was also emphasized. Another case discussed was that of a high load retainer comprising 2 flanges and a bracket, produced by DED. The impact of powder sizes on surface finish was also presented.

    Our appreciation goes to BeAM Machines for a highly informative session.

     

    Watch this Webinar below:

     

  • Industry Update – Getting Ready for the Restart

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) represents some 290 airlines comprising 82% of global air traffic. One of its key priorities has been to work with governments to complete roadmaps to reopen borders to travel.

    At our 1 July 2021 webinar, Ian Lorigan of IATA Asia Pacific provided an update on the impact of COVID-19 on the aviation industry from both the global and Asia Pacific perspective. He also shared the role IATA has been playing in support of industry players, governments and travellers during this pandemic period and in preparation for the restart.

     

    Watch this Webinar below:

     

  • Applications of AI in Aerospace (Part 2)

    Aviation and aerospace have always been at the forefront of innovations that have improved safety, efficiency and comfort. As the latest innovation to be applied by the industry, Artificial Intelligence (AI) may well be unprecedented in impact. In this final session of a two-part series on ‘Applications of AI in Aerospace’ Dr Cyrille Schwob (Head of Technology, Asia-Pacific at Airbus) shared how Airbus has applied AI across its businesses and value chain. From analysis of satellite imagery to factory operations, AI has made an impact. Ms Michelle Yeo (Co-founder, Business Ops and Strategic Development at DATAVLT) introduced the concept of Continuous Intelligence and demonstrated a use case of AI/CI for predictive maintenance of aircraft engines.

     

    Watch this Webinar below:

  • Applications of AI in Aerospace (Part 1)

    Aviation and aerospace, have always been at the forefront of innovations that have improved safety, efficiency and comfort. As the latest innovation to be applied by the industry, Artificial Intelligence (AI) may well be unprecedented in impact. In this first session of a two-part series on ‘Applications of AI in Aerospace’ we examined how AI is being applied in MRO planning and operations. We were pleased to welcome Teh Siew Yee – Head of Data Engineering & Analytics (SIA Engineering Company) and Pierre Carpentier – AVP Digital Technologies and Partnerships (Cyient) to share their insights and experience.

     

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  • Advanced Air Mobility – Supply Chain

    AAIS launched its second Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) webinar series entitled, “Gearing up for AAM” on 5 May 2021. Held on consecutive weeks in 3 parts, this third and final part explored the AAM Supply Chain with a particular focus on design and manufacturing of eVTOL vehicles. Held on 19 May 2021, we were pleased to have panel speakers, Mr Ian Lam, GM of Schaeffler Aerospace and Ms Evelyn Khoo, Business Development Manager for Composite Materials at Solvay.

    Both speakers discussed how their companies were drawing on prior experience in the aerospace and automotive markets to position themselves as suppliers. Mr Lam drew useful comparisons between the supply chains for the AAM and automotive sectors. In particular, he highlighted the relative scale of these sectors, noting that AAM production volumes were expected to be higher than in aerospace. Ms Khoo spoke of Solvay’s co-development approach to the use of composite materials in AAM.

    The AAM market is at an early stage of development, with no platforms yet certified by aviation authorities. However the market expectations are driving the rapid evolution of a supply chain, often involving non- aerospace suppliers. It is timely for us to understand how to position for, and address this developing opportunity.

     

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  • AAIS Virtual Networking 2Q2021

    AAIS organised our second Networking session for the year on 21 May 2021. Albeit conducted amidst enhanced restrictions under Phase 2 (Heightened Alert), participants were in good spirits and took the opportunity to reconnect with industry colleagues and meet new faces.

    The event kicked off with opening remarks by AAIS 2nd Vice President Mads Bondergaard, who provided thoughtful and insightful perspectives for the industry. “The darkest hour is before dawn” he said, reminding everyone to be mindful of mental health and well-being during these challenging times.

    AAIS Management Committee member  Desmond Goh then introduced attendees to three new AAIS members, namely Singapore Flying College (represented by General Manager, Captain Christopher Chan), Embraer Asia Pacific (represented by Augustine Tai, Services & Support Director (Asia Pacific)) and Ryan Griffin (represented by co-founder Woo Jungsoo).

    This was followed by a break out session for all participants to network. Many interesting discussions were had and new connections made.  AAIS Chief Executive Sia Kheng Yok then capped the event off with a BYOB toast. We thank everyone for making the time for a lively and interesting session!

     

  • Advanced Air Mobility – Airspace Management

    AAIS launched its second Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) webinar series entitled, “Gearing up for AAM” on 5 May 2021. To be held on consecutive weeks in 3 parts, this second part explored Airspace Management with a particular focus on technology developments, and the progress being made in the UK. Held on 12 May 2021, we were pleased to have panel speakers, Ms Elizabeth Chau, Head of UAM at NATS and Mr Frank Erb, Director Digital Aviation Market Development at Thales.

    Ms Chau spoke of how the UK is preparing for AAM and shared a powerful visualisation of unmanned aircraft (UA) operations across the UK. Mr Erb discussed developments in UTM and how Thales is extending its ATM capabilities into this space. This was followed by a panel discussion on future directions, for example on the technology options for implementing tracker ID for UA, including ADSB.

     

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  • Global Drone Security Network #3

    AAIS collaborated with Singapore UAS Community member, DroneSec, on its third Global Drone Security Network virtual event held on 27 and 28 April 2021. The event was livestreamed and focused on Cyber-UAV security, Drone Threat Intelligence, Counter-UAS and UTM security. The sessions were helmed by Mr Mike Monnick, CTO of DroneSec and featured distinguished speakers from Parrot, CerbAir, Drone Guards, UAV Aerial Works, D-Fend Solutions, Rinicom, Shephard Media and URSA Inc. Mr Ong Jiin Joo, CTO of Garuda Robotics, a Singapore UAS Community member, also addressed the topic of cybersecurity of internet-connected drones.

    Watch the replays on Youtube at:

    Part 1 (27 April 2021)
    Part 2 (28 April 2021)

     

     

  • Advanced Air Mobility – Airworthiness considerations

    AAIS launched its second Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) webinar series entitled, “Gearing up for AAM” on 5 May 2021. To be held on consecutive weeks in 3 parts, this first part explores Airworthiness Considerations in the design of eVTOLs. We were pleased to have expert speakers, Mr Michael Daniel of Aviation Insight and member of the AAIS Panel of Experts, and Professor James Wang, Director of Nanyang Technological University’s eVTOL Research and Innovation Centre.

    Mr Daniel discussed airworthiness from the point of view of National Aviation Authorities, describing developments at ICAO, and the approaches taken by FAA, EASA and CAAC in advancing type certification for this new class of aircraft. Professor Wang complemented this discussion from the perspective of an aircraft designer, drawing on his experience as an eVTOL pioneer, and career in rotorcraft development at Sikorsky and Augusta Westland (now known as Leonardo).

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  • Uplifting your aerospace business innovation journey

    IPI Singapore (a subsidiary of Enterprise Singapore) and AAIS co-organised a webinar on 29 April 2021 to discuss business and technology innovation for Aerospace. In particular, the event highlighted the role of IPI Innovation Advisors in assisting enterprises.

    We were pleased to have Dr Sze Tiam Lin of IPI provide an overview of IPI’s innovation services. A rich discussion ensued with Mr Julien Valette of CW Aero Pte Ltd sharing his business challenges and his experience in working through these with the help of IPI Innovation Advisor, Mr Derek Sharples. Derek also spoke of his approach to assisting CW Aero, prioritising business model innovation. For example, beyond equipment sales, he explored other options like leasing and financing of equipment. On the topic of technology innovation, Julien observed that it was important to first establish the business objectives and model, before discussing what technologies were relevant. Derek also emphasized the importance of a regular commitment of time to work through the innovation opportunities systematically with an Innovation Advisor.

    We invite enterprises curious about IPI or the services of Innovation Advisors, to contact us.

     

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  • Accelerating Distributed Manufacturing in Aerospace with AM

    The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC) and AAIS co-organised a webinar on ‘Accelerating Distributed Manufacturing in Aerospace Industry with AM’ on 15 April 2021. Participants heard presentations from Additive Flight Solutions Pte LtdFlare Dynamics Pte Ltd and ST Engineering, as they discussed their progress in AM for aerospace and unmanned aircraft applications. NAMIC also presented their Open Grant Call for parts analysis and design for AM. This was followed by a panel discussion moderated by AAIS’ Chief Executive. We thank Mr Marc Lee of NAMIC, Mr Cai Hounan of AFS, Mr Lu Weiyao of Flare Dynamics and Dr Zheng Guoying of ST Engineering for their presentations.

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  • ICCAIA Briefing on International COVID-19 Response

    In a first-ever partnership, the International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries (ICCAIA), Society of Japan Aerospace Companies (SJAC), Malaysia Aerospace Industry Association (MAIA) and AAIS jointly held a webinar on 20 April 2021 to brief aviation and aerospace organisations in the Asian region on the Council Aviation Recovery Taskforce (CART) Phase III recommendations.

    Speaking at the briefing, Permanent Representatives of ICCAIA to the International Civil Aviation Organisation  (ICAO), Dan Carnelly and Mitch Fox explained how ICCAIA worked with its member organisations to represent aerospace manufacturers and MROs, providing technical expertise to support the work of ICAO. To perform its role, ICCAIA had four main technical committees reflecting the main workstreams of ICAO: Airworthiness Committee, CNS/ATM Committee, Aircraft Noise and Emissions Committee (ANEC) and Security Committee. Member associations were welcome to participate and contribute expertise.

    On CART III, the major focus had been on standardization of COVID testing certificates, to facilitate international air travel. ICCAIA had made significant contributions to this effort, leading the writing of the ‘Aircraft Guidelines’ module, contributing towards the ‘Take-off Guidance Document’ & revisions, working closely with IATA on guidelines to restart aviation, and leading the drafting of the original ‘Testing and Cross-border Risk Mitigation Management Manual’.

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  • Inspiring your aviation journey

    On 26 March 2021, a talent outreach webinar was conducted to share the industry outlook with 213 students from the ITE, local polytechnics and universities. This was a joint effort by JTC, AAIS, e2i and the Aerospace Engineering Sector Coordination Team to provide information on the availability of jobs, and the skills needed to seize opportunities available even in the current climate.

    The webinar was the first of its kind – integrating live-sharing, corporate videos, and virtual shop floor tours by three aerospace companies, namely Singapore Component Solutions, Collins Aerospace and Bombardier Aerospace Services. The company representatives provided an overview of the various departments in their operations, shared on their latest technologies and digitalization initiatives, as well as the internship and career opportunities available. The rich content of the webinar showcased MRO as an exciting and dynamic industry to work in.

    Post-event survey feedback showed that students found the session to be insightful in providing an overview of the various operations, the career progression opportunities and the positive longer-term prospects of the aerospace sector. They also expressed keen interests in Urban Air Mobility (UAM) and other digital trends.

    *The Inspiring Your Aviation Journey was part of a series of aerospace careers events that will span the year, a lead-up to Aerospace Day 2021 (scheduled in October 2021).

     

    Collins Aerospace staff (alumni of various IHLs) shared their work experiences and career growth in different departments there.

    Bombardier Aerospace Services interns demonstrated their on-the-job training experience, with a virtual walk-through of the hangar via Beam® (a telepresence robot provided by Blue InCube).

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Geo Connect Asia 2021

    AAIS’ Singapore UAS Community participated in the inaugural Geo Connect Asia 2021 show from 24 to 25 March 2021. The Conference panel discussion on Urban Air Mobility was moderated by AAIS member of the Panel of Experts, Robin Thevathasan, with participation by members, Nova Systems Asia and Volocopter. The panel discussed UAM business models, market opportunities, airworthiness certification, data collection and mining, etc.

    Meetings were also held on-site at our Meeting Pod. The experience gained from this hybrid event will help us better prepare for future hybrid events during the pandemic period.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Challenges of Employee Transport & the Potential of Smart Mobility

    Aerospace companies are mostly located in areas less well-served by public transportation. To ease their employees’ daily commute, many companies organise transportation. During the pandemic, planning for and providing such transportation has become much more complex because of changes to working schedules and flexible work arrangements.

    In a webinar on 18 March 2021, participants heard from Ms Grace Tan of SIA Engineering Co and Mr Nick Stipp of SWAT Mobility as they described the journey that SIAEC and other companies have taken in adopting smart mobility solutions for employee transportation. Ms Tan spoke of the challenges in organising employee transportation and how SIAEC managed the transition towards smart mobility. Mr Stipp described additional case studies and how smart mobility was able to solve or alleviate some of the problems facing company transport planners and employees.

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  • The Road to Recovery: Aerospace & MRO Trends for Suppliers in 2021 and Beyond

    In this webinar held on 10 March 2021, NAVEO Consultancy managing director Richard Brown offered his insights on the road to recovery in 2021 and beyond. Besides sharing data on the impact of COVID-19 and the status of recovery, Richard also spoke on the impact on MRO and implications for the aftermarket. If you missed it, please click below to review the webinar recording for Richard’s valuable insights.

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  • SAQG Webinar: Aviation, Space & Defence Quality Management Systems

    The SAQG Webinar: Aviation, Space & Defence Quality Management Systems was held on 9 March 2021. The webinar was attended by 57 aerospace professionals and was hosted by SAQG Chairman Jeffrey Ho (Rolls-Royce Singapore).

    The webinar covered the evolution of standards and certification programs, with key elements such as the oversight of the certification schemes by the Aviation, Space and Defence industries. The number of AS91XX certifications and the growth trends in Asia Pacific was shared.

  • Women in Aviation & Aerospace with Airbus

    In celebration of International Women’s Day, AAIS and Airbus Singapore co-organised an online talk entitled  “Women in Aviation & Aerospace” on 5 March 2020 for students from the local polytechnics and universities.

    Kicking off the programme, the students were warmly welcomed by Mr Mads Bondergaard, Airbus Head of Operations APAC & 2nd Vice-President of AAIS. Thereafter, Airbus Quality Customer Services Manager Ms Ivy Tan and Airbus Airline Marketing Director Ms Marie-Amelie Clotteau shared their respective career development journeys in the largely male-dominated aviation & aerospace industry.

    The final segment of the programme was a lively Q&A session where students participated actively by asking wide-ranging questions such as, “What are the major challenges and setbacks faced as women in this industry?”, “How can women in the industry strike a balance in their work and personal lives?”, and “How are women empowered by corporate & HR strategies in the case of Airbus?”.

     

  • Aerospace Community Event 2021

    This year, instead of the traditional sumptuous Chinese New Year lunch for residents of various homes for the elderly,  we had to do things differently in view of COVID-19.

    On behalf of the Aerospace Community, AAIS organised bento lunches, red packets and care packages (mandarin oranges, colouring books and pencils) for the elderly at St John’s Home for Elderly Persons and Bright Hill Evergreen Home.

    We are deeply appreciative of the organisations and individuals who made this possible, during a particularly difficult period for residents of these homes.

     

     

  • SAQG Online Workshop: IAQG OASIS (Online Aerospace Supplier Info System)

    SAQG Online Workshop: IAQG OASIS (Online Aerospace Supplier Info System) was held on 26 February 2021. Hosted by SAQG Chairman Jeffrey Ho (Rolls-Royce Singapore), the online workshop received good attendance by 43 aerospace professionals.

    A preview of the upcoming OASIS v3 updates was the main focus of this online workshop. OASIS is a reliable source for aerospace supplier certification and registration data. It contains a list of suppliers who are certified/registered under the IAQG rules to be in compliance with the aerospace quality management system requirements (9100 series).

  • Business mission to Japan (Virtual)

    AAIS was pleased to facilitate a virtual business mission to Japan from 18-26 Feb 2021, in partnership with SME Support Japan (Organization for Small and Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation, Japan). This was the third time that has AAIS participated in the ‘CEO Business Meeting Event for Innovative Industry’. A total of 44 business meetings were held, supported by interpreters and business advisors.

    Participating companies were:

    1. ACP Metal Finishing Pte Ltd
    2. Additive Flight Solutions Pte Ltd
    3. Alliance 21 Pte Ltd
    4. Globaltronic Precision Pte Ltd
    5. KBG Contract Machining Pte Ltd
    6. Unique Precision Pte Ltd