- 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.
- 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!
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)
- 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.
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- 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 (email@example.com) 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.
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- 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.
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- #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.
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- 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.
- 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
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.
- 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
Senior Vice President of Commercial Sales, Marketing, and Business Development
Boeing Global Services
President & CEO, Commercial Engine Operations
Managing Director and Chief Commercial Officer
Liebherr-Aerospace & Transportation
Dr Bicky Bhangu
President, South East Asia, Pacific & South Korea
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- 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.
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- 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.
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- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) to be part of the SAQG.
- 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/.
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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.
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- 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.
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- 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 :
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.
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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:
- Mr Robin Thevathasan, Chair of the AAIS COVID-19 Taskforce
- Mr Tan Kong Hwee, Executive Vice President at the Singapore Economic Development Board
- Ms Glory Wee, former Director of the Aerospace, Marine & Offshore Urban Solutions at the JTC Corporation
- 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:
- Mr Philip Quek (AAIS President – September 2015 to October 2021)
- 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.
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- 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.
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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.
- 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.
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- 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.
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- 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.
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- 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.
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- 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.
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- 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.
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- 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.
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- 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.
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- 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.
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- 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.
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- 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 Ltd, Flare 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).
- 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:
- ACP Metal Finishing Pte Ltd
- Additive Flight Solutions Pte Ltd
- Alliance 21 Pte Ltd
- Globaltronic Precision Pte Ltd
- KBG Contract Machining Pte Ltd
- Unique Precision Pte Ltd
- Chinese New Year HOST Networking (Online)
We were delighted to welcome members on 19 February 2021 to our first networking session of the year, held in conjunction with the Chinese New Year. Host for the evening was AAIS 1st Vice President, Richard Wong of Pratt & Whitney.
Richard began with his reflections on Tuesday’s announcement of Budget 2021 by the Deputy Prime Minister. He recounted AAIS’ efforts to engage the government on continuing its support for the industry and welcomed the positive response, especially the extension of the Jobs Support Scheme for another 6 months. This effort had involved submitting a paper to the Ministry of Finance and following up with a letter to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance.
Richard was then joined in conversation by AAIS Assistant Honorary Secretary, Ekkehard Pracht of Liebherr Aerospace, and AAIS Management Committee Member (Co-opted), Ian Lam of Schaeffler Aerospace. Apart from hearing more about their professional life, we also learnt that Richard is an avid mountain climber, Ekkehard has been indulging in his two-wheeler, and Ian has gone all out during the pandemic, to set up a mini farm ecosystem at home!
The second half of the session saw members enter breakout groups to network with fellow aerospace professionals. Despite being in online mode, it was a precious opportunity for us connect with old friends and to make new ones.
The evening was crowned by a BYO-drink toast, obligatory screenshot and closing remarks by Richard.
- Volunteers with Willing Hearts (and Hands)
The AAIS Management Committee met on 26 Jan 2021 for a very special reason. Togged in the appropriate PPE, committee members set about the sometimes backbreaking work of washing industrial-scale rice cookers, and greasy pots and pans. But this was all cheerfully done in the service of those who benefit from the “soup kitchen” run by Willing Hearts*.
Some candid reactions – “great experience and good team spirit”, “awesome time spent!”, “great spirit”, “well done to all”, “we are privileged in our lives and happy to contribute to those less fortunate”.
Personal favourites were – “didn’t know I’m actually quite good at dishwashing” and “sorry I couldn’t be there”.
*A secular, non-affiliated charity, Willing Hearts is wholly run by volunteers, apart from a handful of staff. It operates a soup kitchen that prepares, cooks and distributes about 9,500 daily meals to over 40 locations every day. Find out more.
- Visit by Ambassador of Kazakhstan
AAIS was pleased to welcome a Kazakhstan delegation to Seletar Aerospace Park on 5 February 2021. The delegation was led by His Excellency Arken Arystanov, Ambassador of Kazakhstan, and facilitated by Temasek Polytechnic. AAIS Chief Executive briefed the delegation on the aviation and aerospace industries in Singapore, and the status of Seletar Aerospace Park.
- Reinventing Rewards for Uncertain Times
In a webinar held on 28 January 2021, Mr Helmi Yusoff of Mercer Singapore provided members with valuable insights into how companies will be reshaping employee rewards in 2021.
According to Mercer, employee rewards are being redesigned for value, flexibility and sustainability. 4 key takeaways were:
(1) As incentive pools are uncertain, these should be more focused on critical roles and employees.
(2) In support of business transformation, reward structures are incorporating skills-based considerations, in addition to the usual focus on business outcomes.
(3) Flexible work is reshaping the Employee Value Proposition.
(4) Organisations’ environmental, social and governance (“ESG”), and diversity, equity and inclusion (“DEI”) agenda are increasingly being supported by their rewards structure.
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- Aircraft Finance and Leasing Asset Class Development in Asia and Globally
AAIS ushered in 2021 with its first event of the year on 21 January discussing the financing of aircraft – a crucial but capital-intensive component of the global economy. AAIS was pleased to welcome Mr Kevin Chow, CEO of Thales in Singapore as Moderator and Professor David Yu, Senior ISTAT Certified Aviation Appraiser and Finance Professor at New York University Shanghai to explore aviation and aircraft leasing and its value as a standalone investable asset class within the larger industry.
Professor Yu traced the development of the aircraft leasing sector and the growth of major hubs – Ireland, Singapore and Hong Kong. He also spoke on the development of the industry in China and the drivers of growth. An interesting discussion followed on the characteristics of global aircraft financing and the impact of the pandemic on growth and asset values. We look forward to future discussions on aircraft financing, in expectation that this will become even more important in the post-pandemic era.
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- HOST virtual networking hour
We capped our 2020 calendar of events with a virtual networking hour for AAIS and SG UAS Community members. Yes, it’s not quite the same as our lively party at Grand Mercure Roxy last year. But it was still great to be amongst friends, albeit online!
President Philip Quek introduced the 3 new elected members of the Management Committee in an engaging conversation. Each shared about themselves and Christmas traditions in their home countries. We also learnt in a great coincidence, that all were also fathers of 3 children!
This was followed by a break out session for all participants to have conversations. We rounded up with closing wishes for 2021 and a toast by First Vice President Richard Wong.
- Airspace Design and Management for Advanced Air Mobility
Singapore is a highly urbanised country with a population density of more than 8000 people per sq km. It is also a major air hub with a small and congested airspace, presenting unique conditions for the implementation of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) systems.
In the concluding session of this webinar series organised by AAIS, industry practitioners, regulators and academia discuss airspace and urban air traffic management (UTM) for AAM implementation in Singapore. Moderated by Mr Kim Silander, Founder of Independent Business Group, the session included speakers from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), OneSky, Air Traffic Management Research Institute (ATMRI), and Astra UTM.
Speakers explored considerations in designing a UTM System for Singapore’s unique urban conditions. This included the integration of Unmanned Air Mobility Digital Mission Model to the airspace environment, and recommendations to enable and harmonise Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) in advanced UTM scenarios. We thank all our speakers for the insightful presentations, and all attendees for the overwhelming response to this series.
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- TR 78 : 2020 – Building Facade Inspection Using UAS
More than 200 participants attended an interactive virtual Workshop on TR 78 : 2020 – Building facade inspection using Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) on 25 November 2020, which was jointly organised by Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore), Singapore Manufacturing Federation – Standards Development Organisation, Singapore Standards Council and Enterprise Singapore.
The purpose of the workshop was to learn from UAS experts (including Building and Construction Authority and ST Engineering) on the use of technologies on façade inspection and the application of TR 78 : 2020. TR78 provides a set of non-exhaustive specifications for the use of UAS to conduct inspection of existing building facades. It covers the phases starting from preparation, stakeholder approvals, execution and up to post-flight data processing and report generation.
We congratulate our UAS Community members who participated in the workgroup which developed the Technical Reference: AeroLion Technologies, Avetics Global, Garuda Robotics and Mr Robin Thevathasan of AAIS Panel of Experts.
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- Urban Planning and Infrastructure for Advanced Air Mobility
Globally, a large number of electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicles (eVTOL) are being developed and AAM systems are expected to provide safe and scalable commercialisation of flight services. Applications span across cargo delivery, law enforcement and medical rescue solutions, as well as augmenting private and public transport systems.
In the second of a series of 3 webinars organised by AAIS, experts, regulators and academia discuss infrastructural considerations for AAM implementation and discuss approaches to enable AAM in urban areas like Singapore. Moderated by Dr Ilya Khanykov, Executive Advisor at McFly.aero, the session included speakers from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, Independent Business Group, and Energy Research Institute @ NTU.
Speakers and participants had an insightful and frank discussion, exploring opportunities and challenges of AAM implementation in Singapore. They touched on factors from urban planning and transportation networks, to energy and building infrastructure, and softer human factors, besides the vertical dimension and more. We thank all our speakers for the excellent presentations, and all attendees for their active participation.
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- AAM Webinar 1: Singapore and Advanced Air Mobility
The prospects of advanced air mobility (AAM) in Singapore have taken key steps forward in recent years with agreements established between developers and regulators, innovation partnerships and flight demos in the heart of the city. AAM has gained support for its potential to solve problems including road congestion, land use pressures, and as a quicker and more direct mode of transportation.
In the first of a series of 3 webinars organised by AAIS, experts, regulators and academia share exciting developments for AAM implementation and discuss approaches to enable AAM in Singapore. Moderated by AAIS Panel of Expert member Robin Thevathasan, the session included speakers from Singapore Economic Development Board, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, Volocopter and the eVTOL Research and Innovation Centre at Nanyang Technological University.
Speakers and participants had an insightful and frank discussion, exploring opportunities and challenges of AAM implementation in Singapore. They touched on challenges and technology barriers such as battery life, safety, performance and reliability, infrastructure and planning, scaleability and more. We thank all our speakers for the excellent presentations, and all attendees for their active participation.
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- AAIS Annual General Meeting 2020
The 18th Annual General Meeting of the Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore) was held virtually on Thursday, 29 October 2020. The meeting kicked off with Opening remarks by President Mr Philip Quek, and reports by Honorary Secretary Ms Lim Hee Joo and outgoing Honorary Treasurer, Mr James Partington. In his opening remarks, Mr Quek noted the extraordinary challenges faced by the industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and highlighted actions taken by the Association to facilitate members. President thanked the many professionals and experts from the community who have stepped up to lead, contribute and share their know-how and resources during the crisis.
In the context of the online AGM, voting was conducted via appointment of Chairman as Proxy. Members endorsed the FY2019/20 Annual Report and audited Financial Report and reappointed Mr Paul Sandosham of Clifford Chance as the Honorary Legal Advisor and Ernst & Young as the Honorary External Auditor. For his contributions and many years of service to the Association, a token of appreciation was presented to Mr Jimson Ngiam, who had stepped down due to job movement. The meeting also recognised other Management committee members who had stepped down over the course of the year.
An election was held to fill three vacant positions on the Management Committee. The Association was pleased to welcome Mr Mads Bondergaard of Airbus as the newly elected 2nd Vice President, as well as Mr Matt Waters of Rolls-Royce Singapore and Mr Desmond Goh of Eaton Aerospace as Committee members. In his closing address, President thanked the candidates who participated in the elections, noting that there were various other communities, initiatives and programmes needing leadership and facilitation.
We thank members for the strong turnout and look forward to the continued support and active participation.
- Bumpy and Uneven Recovery – Analysis & Forecast by Oxford Economics
As countries continue to grapple with flattening the coronavirus curve, others are experiencing new outbreaks, and businesses are struggling to sustain the long-drawn slowdown in activities.
Ms. Sian Fenner, Lead Asia Economist for Oxford Economics, returned as a speaker in this webinar hosted by AAIS on 22 October 2020. She presented her latest updates and evidence on how economies are faring in the recovery, and shared insights on the sectors that are expected to rebound fastest. The forum discussed the projected impact on the air transport industry as travel restrictions are gradually lifted, as well as global and regional risks that organisations will need to navigate in the coming months and years.
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- Starburst Community Engagement
Global aerospace and defense accelerator, Starburst, announced the launch of the Singapore Aviation Accelerator (SAA) in September 2020 to champion technology and innovation of new aviation technologies. The development of the SAA is anticipated to provide more opportunities for Singapore’s SMEs and IHLs to develop partnerships with tech start-ups.
In this online dialogue co-organised by AAIS and Starburst, the aerospace community, in particular SMEs and educational institutions, discuss potential synergies with tech startups in developing an effective modus operandi to best serve the industry. Moderated by AAIS Panel of Experts member, Mr Jeremy Chan, participants engaged in robust discussions on the potential, challenges and gaps towards developing the culture of innovation and how they can work together with start-ups to contribute to the advancement of the Singapore aviation and aerospace ecosystem.
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- First Virtual Networking Session for Members
AAIS organised our first Virtual Networking session on 17 September 2020! Held in place of our traditional quarterly HOST Networking sessions, this web-based event provided the opportunity for members of the aerospace and UAS communities to meet and reconnect while in the comforts and safety of their own spaces.
The event kicked off with a brief keynote on “The Agile Approach in COVID-19 times” by Ms Regina Chua, Chief Agile Designer at DD Consulting. Regina discussed Agile organisations and its relevance in times of crisis. Participants then joined break out rooms to network and share their thoughts on the Agile mindset and what it would mean for their organisations. Dynamic discussions were held between members representing OEMs, the supply chain and service providers, across different sub-sectors like engines, components, materials and others.
We thank Regina and all members for making our first Virtual Networking session a bustling and thought-provoking one! We welcome members and the community to join us for the next one in December. Please subscribe and look out for our newsletters for more information.
- Industry Dialogue with Government Agencies & Union Representatives
With the impact of COVID-19 to the air transport industry expected to last for some time, aerospace companies in Singapore have been exploring ways to retain core capabilities, upskill their workforce, and reposition for the eventual recovery and upturn.
To help members learn more about initiatives made available to help companies in the aerospace sector upskill their workers, AAIS organised a closed-door Industry Dialogue with government agencies and union representatives on 9 September 2020.
The session kicked off with opening remarks by Mr Lim Tse Yong, Vice-President, Capital Goods, Economic Development Board (EDB), followed by an Overview of manpower support initiatives by Ms Glenda Tan, Asst Vice-President, Capital Goods EDB. Mr Joseph Yap, Manager, Industry Development Division then brought participants through the New Enhanced Training Support Package for Aerospace and other initiatives by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG). Mr Nelson Goh, Manager at the Manufacturing Division, then covered initiatives by Workforce Singapore (WSG) including the Aerospace Professional Conversion Programme.
Noting that companies were having to make tough decisions during this period of crisis, Mr Raven Lee, Senior Industrial Relations Officer at the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) spoke on Best practices for managing excess manpower and responsible retrenchment. Ms Karen Tan, Senior Employability Coach, at Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) then covered Outplacement support available.
Participants then engaged in a panel discussion with Mr Lim Tse Yong, VP, EDB, Ms Chelvin Loh, Director, SSG, Mr Anderson Ee, Acting Director, WSG, Ms Sylvia Choo, Director, NTUC and Mr Gary Goh, Dy CEO, e2i. We thank all the government and union representatives for their time and sharing.
- Development of Cold Spray Additive Manufacturing in Aerospace & Defence
AAIS, in conjunction with the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC), organised a webinar on Cold Spray Additive Manufacturing on 8 September 2020. The event saw the participation of over 70 local and overseas attendees.
Cold spray, a coating deposition technology, has gained attention from both scientific and industrial communities for application in AM. In comparison with fusion-based high-temperature additive manufacturing processes, cold spray additive manufacturing has been shown to retain the original properties of the feedstock, to produce oxide-free deposits, and to not adversely influence underlying substrate materials during manufacture. It has recently been applied as an additive manufacturing process to fabricate individual components and to repair damaged components.
The event featured Mr Dan Braley of Boeing Global Services, Mr Byron Kennedy of SPEE3D, Dr Koh Pak Keng of ECK Pte Ltd, Mr Marc Lee of NAMIC, and ME4 Kelvin Bi of the Republic of Singapore Airforce. The speakers shared the latest advancements on cold spray technology, current and exploratory applications, as well as the potential of cold spray in aircraft manufacturing, MRO and defence industries.
We thank all the speakers, participants and NAMIC for a very fruitful and engaging session.
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- Impact of COVID-19 on Aviation and Aerospace, and Recovery
In a webinar organised by AAIS on 27 August 2020, veteran aviation expert, Mr David Stewart, Partner at Oliver Wyman, presented his views on the “Impact of COVID-19 on Aviation and Aerospace, and Recovery”. Moderated by AAIS Panel of Expert member and Chairman of the Aerospace COVID-19 Taskforce, Mr Robin Thevathasan, Mr Stewart shared the latest analysis on the performance of the aviation industry, with reference to the latest statistics on fleet and MRO spend, aircraft retirements and new production rates. Mr Stewart also discussed the impact and implications on commercial aviation maintenance, the aerospace aftermarket and its supply chain. He also offered some projections on the trajectory for recovery of the industry and took questions from industry participants.
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- Confidence in Air Travel & Tourism Post COVID-19
COVID-19 has affected air transport industries globally and travelers had to abruptly stop flying overseas due to restrictions imposed by governments to contain the spread of the virus. Early indications of this cautious return-to-travel behavior have been seen in the domestic markets of China and Australia, even after new coronavirus infection rates fell to very low levels.
In this webinar held on 16 July 2020, Dr Eliver Lin from the Singapore Institute of Technology shared her insights into Singapore residents’ perspectives of air travel and their confidence to travel post COVID-19. Based on the findings of her research project, Dr Lin discussed factors affecting the confidence level of passengers; the effectiveness of different measures to relieve passengers’ worries; and markets with more confidence in air travel.
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- Global Talent Trends 2020: Preparing for the new normal
In this webinar held on 17 June 2020, our knowledge partners from Mercer discussed talent trends that will enable companies to stay ahead in 2020. Ms Rupali Gupta, Principal for Career And Talent Consulting and Mr Helmi Yusoff, Associate Principal for Rewards at Mercer Singapore shared strategies on how to measure performance, incentivise and reward staff in a subdued and volatile business environment. The speakers also shared findings from the organisation’s research and examples of how its clients are responding to these challenges in innovative ways.
Participants took away many good ideas and novel approaches on managing performance and rewards. We thank our expert speakers and participants for their insightful sharing and time.
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- Attracting, Protecting and Deploying the Right Talent to Drive a New Normal
In the midst of this unprecedented crisis, a study by global management consulting firm, Korn Ferry, has found that companies that focused their employees on the organization’s purpose have boasted annual growth rates that were nearly triple the annual rate for the whole sector. The study also found that having an authentic purpose can help recruit and retain talent, win over customers, and have positive impacts on broader society.
In this special webinar organised by AAIS, Senior Client Partners from Korn Ferry Singapore, Mr Torbjorn Karlsson and Mr Scott Hensarling, share their ideas on how organizations can be equipped with an effective framework for successfully transforming their HR approach in this crisis. The webinar covered fundamental questions of talent management: What talent do we have? What talent do we need? And how do we fill the gaps?
Moderated by AAIS Panel of Expert and Aerospace COVID19 Taskforce Chairman, Mr Robin Thevathasan, the session, which was held on 11 June 2020, saw participants engaging on human capital management matters in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. We thank our knowledge partners and participants for a fruitful and dynamic session.
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- Cargo Transport in Aircraft Cabin – Considerations for Safe Operations
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about an unprecedented fall in air travel and all types of air passenger demand. Even when travel restrictions and lockdowns are lifted, the willingness of consumers to travel by air is expected to remain limited initially, in particular on international markets. To maximize usage of the aircraft, commercial airlines are converting passenger cabin for temporary cargo transport for transportation of cargo ranging from medical supplies to daily essentials.
In this webinar held on 3 June 2020, Mr Dominic Chan of AAR Engineering Services – Asia shared about the various methods of transporting cargo in the cabin, considerations to ensure safe operations, and regulatory frameworks and references applicable to these situations. He also touched on the potential for the design and production of new products, services and configurations, and possibilities for related businesses in a post-pandemic aviation landscape.
We thank Mr Chan for an engaging and informative session and all participants for their interest and insightful questions. We look forward to organising more of such events and invite partners keen to share current and relevant industry shifts to contact us.
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- Additive Manufacturing Webinar for the Aerospace Industry
AAIS organised the first Additive Manufacturing webinar for the aerospace community on 28 May 2020, in partnership with the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster, and Siemens. The session attracted strong interest with the participation of some 70 local and international participants from the aerospace MRO and manufacturing industries, additive manufacturing, systems and solutions providers, aviation suppliers and others.
The webinar kicked off with a presentation by Mr Benjamin Moey, Vice President (Advance Manufacturing, Digital Industries, Asia Pacific) at Siemens Singapore, who talked about recent trends in advanced technologies and how the manufacturing community has adapted and re-invented themselves through the COVID19 pandemic. Mr Moey also gave an update on the Advance Manufacturing Transformation Center by Siemens, which is in the final stages of set up in Tuas, in Singapore. Participants then listened in to an eye-opening presentation by Mr Marc Lee, Senior Commercialization Manager at NAMIC, on the application of Block Chain for additive manufacturing in the aerospace sector.
We thank both speakers for an engaging and interactive session, and all participants for their questions and very positive feedback. We look forward to organising more of such events for the additive manufacturing community. We invite partners keen to share on interesting and current technologies and applications to contact us.
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- Industry Dialogue with Govt Agencies: Impact of COVID-19 on Aerospace in Singapore
Following up from the Covid-19 industry survey and series of Industry Sharing sessions held in March and April, AAIS organised a closed-door Industry Dialogue with government agencies on 6 May 2020. The purpose of this session was to hear more from the aerospace community on their business and workplace concerns as the situation and environment shifts rapidly. The session was moderated by AAIS Chief Executive Sia Kheng Yok and agencies were representated by Mr LIM Tse Yong Vice President and Head Capital Goods, EDB and Mr HO Chi Bao Director, Manufacturing & Engineering Cluster, Enterprise Singapore. Each gave an update on the actions their organisations have taken and will be pursuing to support businesses and economic activities through the duration of the pandemic and beyond.
Over 70 senior executives and managers from the AAIS membership participated in the online dialogue/ round-table. Participants were frank in expressing concern on the unfavorable business and industry outlook due to prolonged contraction and slow recovery, noting the retention of workers was a priority, given the aerospace demands skilled and certified talents. The agency representatives reiterated government supports and facilitation to keep businesses operating, as well as opportunities and bandwidth to retrain and upskill workers.
Participants and agency representatives also engaged in a frank exchange and mooted ideas on how to collectively address challenges and prepare for the post-pandemic world. A heartening note for the industry was that even in this global crisis, Singapore maintained a good reputation for a place to do business and as the “BCP” measure for global companies. Businesses were encouraged to start retooling for the future, for example, by looking into how advanced and digital technologies could be integrated into operations for better response, productivity and efficiency. The discussion also touched on the reopening of aviation, and how the landscape is likely to change.
We thank everyone for taking the time to join the dialogue and participating actively. For further feedback, please contact the Aerospace COVID-19 Taskforce at email@example.com .
- Strategising for the Present and Post-Pandemic World – An Aerospace perspective
The aerospace community came together for a highly engaging webinar on “Strategising for the Present and Post-Pandemic World – An Aerospace perspective”. Held on 30 April, the session was the fourth in the AAIS Business Continuity Management webinar series.
More than 30 aerospace professionals, many of whom are senior management from across the sector, joined Richard Brown, Managing Director of NAVEO Consultancy, as he provided his perspective and analyses on the implications of COVID-19 for the aerospace industry. The session highlighted challenges that airlines, OEMs, MROs are facing and factors that will influence post-pandemic aircraft orders and the aftermarket. Mr Brown also drew out recovery scenarios with reference to previous recessions and shared his projections for production and aftermarket business plan considerations.
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- Asia Economic Outlook: Counting the economic costs of the coronavirus outbreak
The third session of the AAIS Business Continuity Management series was held on 16 April 2020.
Titled, “Asia Economic Outlook: Counting the economic costs of the coronavirus outbreak”, the session featured Ms. Sian Fenner, Lead Asia Economist for Oxford Economics. It was attended by more than 30 industry participants who were keen to get an assessment of the economic downturn in Asia as the coronavirus outbreak grows each day. Ms. Fenner presented views on the impact and economic costs for countries in the region as lockdowns are being implemented and shared the possible recovery scenarios as policymakers in Asia step up monetary and fiscal support. She also touched on the effect of lockdowns on supply chain and presented risks scenarios, including extended or renewed lockdown measures due to a second wave of the pandemic.
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- Ensuring Business Continuity in Operations
The second session of the AAIS Business Continuity Management series was held on 9 April 2020.
This session featured Mr Maxwell Davis, Enterprise Risk Manager Asia-Pacific & Data Protection Officer for Singapore at Rolls-Royce. It was attended by over 20 enthusiastic industry participants. During the hour-long session, Mr Davis shared the approaches taken by Rolls-Royce in developing and maintaining the Business Continuity Plans for its facilities in Seletar. Participants got a good feel of the key processes, analyses, review and control mechanisms that can be put in place to facilitate smooth operations in times of crisis and under unusual circumstances. The session also got participants thinking about plans, considerations and strategies for restoration of activities in a post-pandemic world.
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- Leadership for Business Continuity in the Covid-19 Pandemic
AAIS held the inaugural session of its Business Continuity Management series on 7 April 2020.
The first session, which featured AAIS Vice President and General Manager of Pratt & Whitney Turbine Overhaul Services, Mr Richard Wong, was attended by more than 20 industry professionals. During the hour-long session, Mr Wong shared his views and experience in leading BCM for the PW entities in Singapore. It left participants with a good overview of strategies and mechanisms that can be put in place to anticipate and plan for contingencies, and the importance of coordinated and sustainable responses to stay viable for the long haul.
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- AAIS partners Starburst Accelerator to promote innovation in Singapore
Guided by the association’s vision of “an innovative Aerospace community for a sustainable future”, AAIS signed a Memorandum of Understanding with global aerospace start-up accelerator, Starburst, to collaborate on the Singapore Aviation Tech Accelerator. Supported by Enterprise Singapore, the programme will be announced in the second quarter of 2020, with the selection of the start-ups slated for the third quarter of 2020.
The signing ceremony took place on 12 February 2020 on the sidelines of the Singapore Airshow. AAIS was represented by Chief Executive Mr Sia Kheng Yok and Starburst by Director (Asia) Mr Julius Yeo. The signing was witnessed by Deputy CEO of Enterprise Singapore Mr Ted Tan, AAIS 1st Vice-President Mr Richard Wong, and Co-founder and Managing Director of Starburst Accelerator Mr Van Espahbodi. The event also saw the attendance of senior representatives from Enterprise Singapore, EDB, members of the AAIS Management Committee and esteemed guests from across the industry.
The Singapore Aviation Tech Accelerator Program will leverage Starburst’s global network of aerospace corporations to further Singapore’s position as a center for aerospace and aviation excellence. The programme aims to develop start-up enterprises based on their potential to provide solutions to Air Transport problem statements in areas such as Air Traffic Management, Passenger Experience, Cyber Security, Mobility, Connectivity, Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence amongst others. Selected startups will go through a 90-day Starburst Accelerator boot camp which includes intense, hands-on mentorship, preparation and access to Asian VCs for the seed funding.
To further support graduated start-ups, Starburst has chosen to partner with AAIS for the late-stage programme. As the leading industry association, AAIS will enable graduated start-ups to continue their momentum by providing deeper links to the local aerospace and aviation industries, bespoke advice and mentorship on regulatory, operations and business issues, market access through its international business platforms, and others.
- Singapore Airshow 2020
Held from 11 to 16 February, Singapore Airshow 2020 concluded with firm support from exhibitors and industry stakeholders. Despite concerns surrounding COVID-19, over 90% of participating companies were present. The four trade days saw close to 30,000 trade attendees from more than 110 countries and regions.
An expanded pool of more than 20 aerospace small and medium enterprises were presented at the Singapore Pavilion, coordinated by AAIS. Almost half of these companies participated at the Singapore Airshow for the very first time, encouraged by the wider range of space options under a new concept pavilion.
Providing a glimpse of the diverse and comprehensive range of competencies across our aerospace ecosystem, the Singapore pavilion featured SMEs that are making their mark in aerospace MRO and manufacturing. Capabilities showcased include parts design and advanced manufacturing, surface treatment and special processes, aircraft ground services, logistics, digital solutions and others.
Special Guests, Programmes & Activities
AAIS and the Singapore Pavilion exhibitors were delighted to welcome honoured guests over the duration of the show, including President Halimah Yacob, Senior Minister of State for Health and Transport Dr Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State for Defence Heng Chee How, Chairman of EDB, Dr Beh Swan Gin, CEO of JTC Ng Lang, Deputy CEO of Enterprise Singapore Ted Tan, Deputy Secretary MTI Luke Goh and Dy Group CEO CapitaLand Manohar Khiatani, among others.
To bring more value to members and exhibitors, AAIS organised networking sessions, pavilion tours and pre-arranged B2B meetings. The international networking lunch held at the Singapore Pavilion on Day 2 attracted over 100 participants including representatives from other country pavilions, as well as guests from our international network. More than 70 meetings were recorded between AAIS members, exhibitors and businesses from Japan, France, Canada at the SME centre in the Singapore pavilion.
As the voice of industry, AAIS also conducted country briefings on the Singapore aerospace industry for the Japanese, Australian and Canadian delegations. We are grateful for the strong support for Singapore Airshow 2020, even in the midst of trying circumstances.
- Briefing & Focus Group Discussion on Indoor Testbed & UAS Initiatives
The Singapore Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Community came together for a briefing and focus group discussion on indoor test-bedding and UAS Lab initiatives on 22 January 2020. Organised by AAIS, the event attracted UAS manufacturers and solution providers, end-users including aerospace and non-aviation companies, educational and research institutions, as well as government agencies.
The programme kicked off with a welcome and introduction by Mr Robin Thevathasan of the AAIS Panel of Experts, highlighting challenges of UAS testing in a dense urban environment, and the need for test facilities. Participants then heard from Ms Glory Wee, Director for the Aerospace, Marine & Urban Solutions Cluster at JTC, on its joint initiative with AAIS to provide an indoor testbed for commercial applications of UAS. Located within Seletar Aerospace Park, the facility will have a 600 sqm floor area and 3.5m clear ceiling height and is slated to be operational from February 2020 onwards.
Participants were also introduced to the EcoLabs Centre of Innovation by Programme Director, Mr Mahesh Kumar. EcoLabs aims to help start-ups and SMEs further develop and commercialise clean-energy related innovations by providing support in product and business acceleration. In regards to UAS, EcoLabs is planning to set up a Drone Lab. Participants visited the proposed site for the lab and provided feedback on the requirements for an effective lab set up.
The planned Indoor Testing and Drone Lab facilities will allow UAS businesses to test new drones and technologies for commercial applications. This is in support of UAS development and commercialisation, as well as, certification, and standards. Companies interested to find out more can reach out to AAIS via email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
- Supporting Aerospace Education & Careers
AAIS was proud to represent its members and the industry at the renewal signing of the Aerospace Student Outreach Initiatives MOU, which took place on 15 January 2020 at JTC’s Community Engagement event in Seletar Aerospace Park.
First established in 2018, the agreement aims to establish a framework for student outreach initiatives, encompassing Aerospace Day, internships, outreach and industry engagement, career guidance and other programmes. The 2020 MOU establishes the cooperation between the Polytechnics, the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), JTC, the Employment and Employability Institute (e2i), AAIS and Aerospace companies to promote Aerospace education and careers. The programme also saw an increase in the participation of companies, from 29 in 2018 to 46 in 2020.
- Aerospace Community Day 2020
As has become tradition during the Lunar New Year, AAIS organised Aerospace Community Day 2020, which saw the aerospace industry hosting some 100 seniors from four homes to a festive new year lunch.
The seniors, from the Bright Hill Evergreen Home, Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home, St John’s Home for the Elders and Thong Teck Home, enjoyed a sumptuous Chinese spread, starting with the traditional tossing of the Yu-Sheng for good fortune. The MusicMix band and singers also returned to entertain the audience with English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Hokkien tunes from yesteryear. Seniors and volunteers also got into the festive spirit, with the team from Pratt & Whitney taking to the stage to perform “Gong Xi Gong Xi” and Hokkien classic, “Ai Pia Cia E Ya”.
Lunch concluded with the distribution of mandarin oranges and ang baos (red packets), to the gratitude and warm smiles of the elderly.
On behalf of the beneficiaries, AAIS would like to thank the following companies and individuals for their invaluable contributions:
- Barrett Aerospace Pte Ltd
- Boeing Asia Pacific Aviation Services Pte Ltd
- CK Shipping (S) Pte Ltd
- ECK Pte Ltd
- Oriental Aviation International Pte Ltd
- Pattonair Asia Pte Ltd
- Satair Pte Ltd
- Singapore Aero Engine Services Pte Ltd
- Wencor, LLC (Singapore Branch)
- Mr Ivan Ho – Airbus Singapore
- Mr Eddy Eyo – W.H. Brennan & Co
- Mr Gerald Teo – Snap-on Tool Singapore Pte Ltd
- Staff from Turbine Overhaul Services Pte Ltd
- Ms Mary Tan
We also extend our appreciation to the Grand Mercure Roxy Singapore and the Roxy Foundation for their support and facilitation. The group effort truly made it a smooth and successful event!
We look forward to organising more of such activities in future, with the support and encouragement from the aerospace community.
View more photos from the event here: https://www.aerophotoworks.com/p34360570
- Introduction to Solar Energy & Contracting + Learning Journey to REC automated factory
Together with knowledge partners from REC, AAIS co-organised an “Introduction to Solar Energy & Contracting” seminar on 6 December 2019.
The seminar was organised as a soft start to the AAIS Sustainability Programme. This was after solar energy was identified as a common topic of interest for companies in the aerospace industry, which are actively integrating sustainability into their strategies.
Mr Henry Eu, Country Manager (Singapore) for REC, kicked off the session with an overview of solar use cases in Singapore, focusing on commercial and industrial applications. Emphasis was placed on aspects of safety and compliance, from the point of installation to maintenance. The session delved further into solar PV business models, led by Mr Tan Congyi of the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore. Topics such as performance and Return on Investment, as well as common faults were also discussed.
Participants also had the opportunity to engage with a panel of professionals from the solar energy sector with questions ranging from warranties, “green” credits and the reliability of solar energy for business/ factory operations.
After the seminar, participants were invited with a rare opportunity to visit the REC’s automated solar panel assembly line. Participants had a feel for the advancement of solar panel technology and the rigorous quality inspections to ensure consistent output and energy capture.
REC is a leading European brand for solar photovoltaic (PV) panels with headquarters in Norway. The company employs around 2,000 employees worldwide, 90% of whom are based in Singapore. In 2018, REC’s facility in Tuas produced some 4.3 million solar panels. AAIS members with interest to procure solar power or be part of a collective arrangement may wish to contact the Secretariat.
View this animation to see how solar panels work: https://www.recgroup.com/en/how-solar-works
- AAIS Year-End HOST Networking
AAIS warmly welcomed its members, the Singapore UAS community, partners and invited guests to its Year-End HOST Networking evening on Wednesday, 27 November 2019. The event, held at the Grand Mercure Roxy, brought out the festive spirit with special treats such as a Whiskey Tasting table, Cold-Pressed Juice corner and a live performance by Mr Steven Crummack from Airbus Singapore.
AAIS Chief Executive Sia Kheng Yok kicked off the evening with an update of AAIS activities and new members. Attendees gamely participated in a special HOST quiz, identifying and singing familiar Christmas tunes in a “Don’t forget the lyrics” challenge. The almost 100-strong crowd enjoyed the specialty Peranakan cuisine, including the ever-popular Laksa live station.
Guests also had the opportunity to pick up gifts for loved ones at the mini ‘Giftshop’ curated by GlacySohArt Design Pte Ltd. Products sold were all in support of local and differently-abled artists. The lovely evening came to a close with a lucky draw, which saw 7 lucky guests winning prizes ranging from bottles of wine, dining vouchers and a 2D1N weekend stay at the Grand Mercure Roxy.
We thank all guests for joining us, as well as the Grand Mercure Roxy for extending their warm hospitality and welcoming atmosphere. The next HOST Networking event will be happening in the Singapore Pavilion at Singapore Airshow 2020.
To view more photos, visit the Aerophotoworks gallery: https://www.aerophotoworks.com/p520500972
- Visit by Tohoku Aerospace Industry Forum delegation
AAIS hosted delegates from the Tohoku Aerospace Industry Forum (TAIF) from 20-22 November 2019, for their study mission to Singapore. We were pleased to be introduced to the delegation of small and medium enterprises and to learn more about the beautiful Tohoku region of Japan, representing 30% of Japan’s land area and contributing 6.35% to its GDP.
It was a new experience for some of them, visiting the industrial “belly” of Singapore. Against the backdrop of weaker global economic conditions, they were witness to how aerospace remains in growth mode, supporting ongoing demand for air travel. There was also surprise at the compact and vibrant aerospace community that has sprung up in Seletar Aerospace Park, within just over a decade of its launch.
We are appreciative of our members who extended their hospitality to the visitors to explore mutual business interests.
- Business mission to Japan
AAIS led a business mission to Tokyo and Nagoya from 14-19 Oct 2019, in conjunction with the “CEO Business Meeting Event for Innovative Technology” organised by SME Support Japan (SMRJ). SMRJ is a Japanese government agency with responsibility for SME development. The programme comprised B2B meetings with Japanese SMEs, briefings on Singapore by AAIS, and industry visits for participants. It was an excellent opportunity to meet potential Japanese partners, suppliers or customers, supported by excellent logistics, pre-assigned interpreters and business advisors.
AAIS also took the opportunity to call on the Nagoya Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI). AAIS had the pleasure last year of separately hosting the Governor of Aichi Prefecture and President of Nagoya University, and the NCCI delegation. It was therefore satisfying to be able to make this return visit to NCCI. These exchanges reflect the positive business ties between Japan and Singapore.
- Seminar on UAV operations: legal and ethical issues, risks and liabilities
The Singapore UAS Community held a seminar on 25 Oct 2019 to discuss the legal and ethical issues, risks and liabilities in relation to UAV operations. We enjoyed a good turnout and great insights from our guest speakers, Mr Leo Fattorini (Partner at Bird & Bird) and Mr David Ong (CEO of Acorn international Network). Mr Robin Thevathasan (Member of AAIS Panel of Experts) delivered a comprehensive overview to introduce the subject. Our special appreciation to our speakers for sharing their insights with the UAS Community.
Thank you everyone for your participation and here are some of your encouraging remarks:
“…very inspiring, especially the debate about drone regulation”
“very valuable, got to learn about risks, operational and ethical issues”
“…most useful take-away will be when considering to purchase … insurance”
- Focus Group Discussion (FGD) on Sustainability
AAIS held a focus group discussion on sustainability on 31 Oct 2019. This was for members to share their organizational perspectives on sustainability and brainstorm impactful initiatives for industry-wide implementation in 2020 and beyond. Representatives from 10 organizations attended the lively and interactive discussion. Attendees were unanimous on the importance of sustainability and agreed that stakeholders’ concerns should be considered across the 4 pillars of sustainability – economic, environmental, social and governance.
For economic sustainability, all agreed that the aerospace industry needs to build a strong manpower pipeline. This entails attracting more women, seniors and persons with disabilities into the sector. Providing a conducive working environment, better benefits and adopting a diversity/inclusive hiring mindset would help attract and retain more talents. Some jobs may have to be redesigned to attract older workers, e.g. facilitating with robotics/exoskeletons to lighten manual work. Furthermore, there should be upstream efforts in engaging students on the career opportunities in the aerospace sector.
Environmental sustainability was a “hot” topic during the discussion. Attendees were supportive of the industry ramping up adoption of solar energy to reduce carbon emissions. There were other environmental ideas mooted, such as promoting the use of NEWater for production processes, rain-harvesting, moving from plastic to paper packaging, improving waste management, and centralizing the collection of recyclable materials.
On social sustainability and governance, attendees were in favour of learning journeys and sharing of sustainability practices as this would promote social interaction and build knowledge across companies, e.g. sharing on solar energy implementation and energy management systems. Attendees agreed that it would be useful to collate inputs from association members periodically on their sustainability initiatives and achievements. This can be used for tracking purposes and to publish a consolidated sustainability report card for the industry.
Industry representatives present agreed to prioritize and focus on low-hanging fruit for 2020, such as outreach to the schools, promoting solar energy adoption, coordinating educational programmes on sustainability for members and their staff, and developing the sector-wide sustainability report.
- MRO Asia-Pacific 2019
The 2019 edition of the MRO Asia-Pacific exhibition and conference was held from 24 to 26 September at Singapore Expo Halls 2 and 3. A premier regional event for the commercial air transport maintenance, repair and overhaul industry, the show hosted over 200 companies displaying their products, solutions and services.
AAIS coordinated the Singapore pavilion with 31 exhibitors. Notably, about 40 percent of the companies under the pavilion were exhibiting at the event for the first time. AAIS also organised a casual networking session at the AAIS booth on Wednesday 25 September. The session brought together exhibitors, AAIS members, their partners and customers.
Singapore Pavilion Exhibitors
Company Name Booth Number Acme Manufacturing Company Singapore Pte Ltd 902 ATEQ Singapore Pte. Ltd 907 Auxitrol Weston Singapore Pte. Ltd 820 Aviation & Electronics Support Ltd 1009 Ban Chu Leong Technologies Pte Ltd 927 Bollore Logistics Singapore Pte Ltd 914 Coway Engineering & Marketing Pte Ltd 922 CW Aero Services Pte Ltd 828 Dallas Airmotive Asia Pacific 804 Dviation-Transfingo Pte. Ltd. 826 Field International Pte Ltd 919 Hypercoat Enterprises Pte Ltd 903 Ipeco Singapore Pte. Ltd. 901 Jet Aviation (Asia Pacific) Pte Ltd 908 Kuehne & Nagel Pte Ltd 1014 Laminaar Aviation Infotech Pte Ltd 1002 Magellan Aviation Singapore Pte Ltd 915 NEC Asia Pacific Pte Ltd 1013 Ontic Engineering & Manufacturing Asia-Pacific PL 802 Optomec Asia Pacific Pte Ltd 913 Orapi Applied (S) Pte Ltd 925 Pattonair Asia Pte Ltd 808 Prime Aerospace Pte Ltd 928 R.I.S.E Aerospace Pte Ltd 1007 Ranpak Pte Ltd 1019 Rhinestahl Singapore Pte Ltd 920 Rotomatik (S) Pte Ltd 1001 Singapore Aero Engine Services Pte Ltd 822 VBC Pte Ltd 926 WGL Logistics Pte Ltd 1006 Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore) 1020
To view more photos of the event, please visit the AAIS Event Gallery by Aerophotoworks.
- 17th AAIS Annual General Meeting
The 17th Annual General Meeting of the Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore) was held on Friday, 20 September 2019, at Village Hotel Changi.
In his opening address to members, AAIS President Mr Philip Quek noted that the Association has continued to focus on creating value and helping members prepare for the future. He cited examples such as the Digitalisation Programme, the Additive Manufacturing Joint Industry Innovation Programme and the establishment of the Singapore Unmanned Aircraft Systems Community. Mr Quek added that the industry was doing well, with good record of growth and new investments announced by Thales, GE Aviation, Bombardier, Collins Aerospace and others. However, with uncertainties on the global political and economic fronts, he encouraged all to be vigilant about mitigating the impact and to focus on enhancing our competitiveness.
Members present endorsed the FY2018/19 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. Proposed amendments to the AAIS Constitution were also accepted by members.
In recognition of their contributions and service to the Association and the aerospace community, tokens of appreciation were presented to three long-serving members of the Management Committee who were stepping down. They were Mr Ricardo Pesce of Embraer Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, Mr Chow Kok Wah of Singapore Institute of Aerospace Engineers and Mr Lien Whai Cheng of Coway Engineering & Marketing Pte Ltd.
The AGM also saw the election of the 12th Management Committee, to serve from September 2019 to September 2021. The following were the results of the elections:
President: Mr Philip Quek, SIA Engineering Company Ltd
1st Vice President: Mr Richard Wong, Pratt & Whitney Turbine Overhaul Services Pte Ltd
2nd Vice President: Mr Michael Doellefeld, Boeing Asia Pacific Aviation Services Pte Ltd
Management Committee Members
- Mr Rahul Shah, AAR International Inc
- Mr Philip Sung, Auxitrol Weston Singapore Pte Ltd
- Mr Koh Pak Keng, ECK Pte Ltd
- Mr Ekkehard Pracht, Liebherr-Singapore Pte Ltd
- Mr James Partington, Rolls-Royce Singapore Pte Ltd
- Mr Matthieu Pere, Safran Electronics & Defense Services Asia Pte Ltd
- Mr Philip Ang, Singapore Aero Engine Services Pte Ltd
- Mr Jimson Ngiam, Thales Solutions Asia Pte Ltd
- Ms Lim Hee Joo, Wah Son Engineering Pte Ltd
- Singapore Aerospace Supplier Forum: Advanced Predictive Management System
The Singapore Aerospace Supplier Forum was held on 5 September 2019 at the Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, in conjunction with the Asia Pacific Aerospace Quality Group (APAQG) Fall Meeting. With the topic of “Advanced Predictive Management System”, the event attracted over 150 aerospace quality professionals from close to 80 Singapore and overseas aerospace companies.
The event was a joint effort between the APAQG and the Singapore Aerospace Quality Group (SAQG) – part of the AAIS. The forum aimed to promote the adoption of a predictive approach to quality with deliberations focusing on areas that include advanced product quality planning (AS9145), common findings trend, quality escape prevention improvement program and preventive quality approach.
The event started with a welcome and introduction by Mr Jimson Ngiam, Chairman of the SAQG. Guest speakers included:
- Mr Masa Yamashita, APAQG Sector Leader,
- Mr Luigi G.M. Preti, Maintenance Organization Expert & EASA International Officer in Singapore, EASA
- Mr Alphy A Meladath, Supplier Development Manager of South East Asia, Airbus
- Mr Eric M. Meyer, Manager BCA Supplier Quality, Boeing
- Mr Marc Lee, Senior Commercialization Manager, NAMIC
- Mr Leonnoel Goh, Manager System Certification – Business Assurance, Intertek
During the event, attendees were able to pose their questions via slido, and the guest speakers provided their views and clarified concerns that were raised.
We thank all attendees and guest speakers for their time, as well as, event sponsors and partners for their support.
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- Robotic Process Automation Workshop
Together with knowledge partners from Premier Logic and facilitated by PCUBED, AAIS organised a Robotic Process Automation (RPA) Workshop for members on 23 August. The session drew strong interest from the aerospace community, with over 50 participants in attendance.
Speakers Chad Osgood, Loren Eckhart and Sanjeev Kumar kicked off the workshop with a comprehensive introduction on RPA and a useful demonstration of its applications in aviation. They also provided participants with best practices, advice and guidance on how to scale up and maximize the ROI of RPA. The morning session was followed by an afternoon discussing use cases, strategy and execution issues.
We thank all participants, PCUBED and Premier Logic for enabling a fruitful and interactive workshop.
- Aerospace Partners Golf Tournament 2019
Bright sunny skies and rolling hills of green turf welcomed golfers for the Aerospace Partners Golf Tournament 2019. Held on Friday, 16 August, at the newly renovated Tanah Merah Country Club Tampines Course, the tournament saw the participation of close to 120 aerospace C-Suite and managers.
A premier event on our calendar, the APGT brings together the aerospace community for a day of sportsmanship, networking and philantrophy. All net surpluses from the event will be channelled to the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore (CPAS).
After an enjoyable afternoon on the challenging new course, participants rounded off the day with a networking dinner. The industry did not hesitate to reach deep into their hearts and pockets to support an art auction by CPAS artists. The evening also saw performances by the talented children of CPAS and the BB pipers of the 12th (Barker), and capped off with an exciting Raffle draw with attractive prizes.
The 2019 APGT committee was chaired by Mr Tin Ho, supported by Mr Geoffrey Grier, Mr Jeffrey Lee, Mr Todd Keeler, Mr Brian Hunter, Mr Jeffrey LaBranche and Mr Freddie Lee. AAIS was proud to once again be a co-organiser. On behalf of the APGT Organising Committee, we thank the participants, sponsors, donors and volunteers for their generosity and support!
- Aviation Open House 2019
The Aviation Open House (AOH) 2019, organised by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), was held from 15 to 17 August 2019 at the Suntec City Convention Centre. Launched by Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Health Dr Lam Pin Min, the theme for AOH 2019 was “Harnessing Innovation, Unlocking Possibilities”. AAIS was pleased to be invited to participate in AOH for the sixth time.
The Central Showcase at AOH 2019 featured latest industry technological innovations including Volocopter’s Air Taxi prototype, Skyways by Airbus, CAAS’ Smart Digital Tower prototype, and MITRE’s Automatic Speech Recognition prototype. The event also saw the participation from the aerospace, airline, airport, air navigation services sectors as well as Institutes of Higher Learning.
Career and Education Talks and interactive workshops were conducted by Airbus, e2i, the Singapore Scouts Association, STEM Inc, Republic Polytechnic and Temasek Polytechnic. At the same time, an aviation recruitment fair with 500 job vacancies was held in collaboration with the Employment and Employability Institute.
AAIS took the opportunity to distribute its AeroSpace Singapore magazine and encouraged students to take part in an online quiz to test their understanding of the Singapore industry. Once again, the AAIS was honoured to be a part of AOH 2019 and contribute towards sustaining the future of Singapore’s aerospace and aviation industry!
- Mandatory Unmanned Aircraft Registration from 2 Jan 2020
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) will implement mandatory registration for Unmanned Aircraft (UA) from 2 January 2020. Any UA, such as a drone, with a total weight above 250 grams must be registered with the CAAS before it can be operated in Singapore. Read more
- AAIS-CAAS UAS Focus Group Discussion
The Singapore Unmanned Aircraft Systems Community – a part of AAIS – held an industry focus group discussion on UAS registration, co-hosted by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS). The session on 11 July, sought industry inputs on the proposed policy for the registration of drones. Close to 40 participants representing 30 UAS companies were in attendance.
The session kicked off with a welcome address delivered by Chairman of the UAS Advisory Panel (UASAP), Mr Timothy de Souza. Set up in May 2019, the UASAP was formed to help CAAS review and recommend enhancements to Singapore’s UAS regulatory framework, and promote a safe and responsible culture for the use of UAS.
Following a briefing by CAAS, participants broke out into groups to discuss various aspects of the proposed UAS registration policy. The inputs received will be considered by the UASAP in making its recommendations. We thank CAAS and all participants for a fruitful and engaging session.
- AOG Conference Asia Pacific
AAIS was proud to support the second edition of AOG Conference Asia Pacific, organised by MNX Global Logistics Singapore. The event, which was held from 10 to 11 July 2019 at the Carlton Hotel, attracted more than 100 participants representing 30 airlines and MROs.
The event presents a unique opportunity for AOG professionals to discuss industry issues, share information and explore cooperation. With China Southern as the Host Airline, this year’s conference delved into opportunities for AOG support in China and elsewhere in Asia Pacific.
The 2-day programme included a tour to the Airbus/SATAIR facility in Seletar Aerospace Park, presentations by Airbus, China Southern Airlines, United Airlines, and AJW Group, as well as a panel Session on “Loans and Borrow – Issues and Challenges in Asia Pacific”. AAIS Chief Executive shared his thoughts through a keynote on “Singapore Aviation, AOGs and other musings”. The session generated insightful discussions on the prospect of achieving “zero-AOG”, the role of technology and AOG pain points.
AAIS congratulates MNX Global Logistics Singapore and China Southern Airlines on a successful event.
- AAIS Annual Bowling Tournament 2019
The popular AAIS Annual Bowling Tournament came back bigger and better than ever before with the participation of a record 30 teams this year. With players representing 21 companies from across the aerospace industries, the tournament filled up all available lanes at a new venue, Orchid Bowl @ Our Tampines Hub.
The event was held on Saturday, 6 July 2019, in a festive and cheerful atmosphere. Teams engaged in friendly rivalry for the coveted championship trophy whilst striking chances at novelty prizes.
Here are the winning teams and bowlers!
Team Prizes Company/ Team Name Score Team Champion ST Engineering Aerospace Ltd/ ST ENGG AERO1 2402 1st Runner-up SIA Engineering Company Ltd/ EC 1 2222 2nd Runner-up Singapore Aero Engine Services Pte Ltd/ Rising Force 1 2111 Individual Prizes Name/ Company Score Best Male Overall Mr David Tan/ ST Engineering Aerospace Ltd 695 Best Female Overall Ms Nur Azri Muhamad Azan/ SIA Engineering Company Ltd 586 Highest Game Score (Male) POT: $140 Aric Teo/ Rising Force 1 290 Highest Game Score (Female) POT: $50 Marian Poon/ EC 2 209
We hope everyone enjoyed themselves at this corporate team building event!
To view more photos, please visit the Aerophotoworks gallery.
For the full tournament results, click here.
- Smart Port Challenge 2019
Smart Port Challenge 2019, the annual innovation competition, is back with 28 innovation opportunities in the fields of Port Operations, Shipping, and Maritime Services and Logistics. Submission of proposals closes on 9 Aug 2019. Visit Smart Port Challenge for details and to submit proposals.
- AAIS Expands Singapore-French Aerospace Industry Cooperation
In the spirit of expanding cooperation between Singapore and French aerospace industries, the Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore) or AAIS, has concluded Memoranda of Cooperation with three aerospace industry clusters in France. The three clusters – namely, Aerospace Valley, ASTech Paris Region and SAFE Cluster, collectively represent more than 1,500 members.
The signing ceremony was held on the sidelines of the International Paris Air Show on 21 Jun 2019, and hosted by the French Aerospace Industries Association – GIFAS (Groupement des Industries Françaises Aéronautiques et Spatiales).
Mr K.Y. Sia, Chief Executive of AAIS said, “The French aerospace industry is one of the world’s largest, and most established. It is an important gateway to the European market. Having enjoyed a strong partnership with GIFAS, we are now taking the next step to reach out to the three largest French regional clusters. We hope our SMEs will embrace the many opportunities for cross-border collaboration and market access, especially with the benefits of the European Union-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (EUSFTA).”
- AP&M Europe in Frankfurt, Germany
With the support of Enterprise Singapore, AAIS organised a business mission to Germany and coordinated the Singapore Pavilion at AP&M Europe 2019. Held from 4 to 6 June 2019 in Frankfurt, the Global MRO Procurement Expo included a 1-day Summit, and a two-day exhibition with Meet-the-Buyer programme and networking opportunities. Participants enjoyed pre-arranged meetings with procurement and purchasing decision makers, as well as a high-level conference with interactive panel discussions, industry case studies and technical presentations spanning a whole breadth of MRO and supply chain issues.
Singapore Pavilion exhibitors
- Advance Chemical Treatment Pte Ltd
- Advance Tech Automation Pte Ltd
- JCS-Vanetec Pte Ltd
- SIA Engineering Company
- Transfingo Pte Ltd
- HOST Networking Evening At Accenture Digital Hub
Few things go better together than good company, good food and wine. These features mark our quarterly HOST networking events. At our most recent one held on 28 May, some 50 aerospace professionals and guests were treated to all these and a showcase at Accenture Digital Hub. The exhibits included thought-provoking actual use cases of digital technology in aviation/aerospace. Thank you to friends at Accenture for their partnership in this event. It was, networking with a difference! To view photos of the event, please visit the Aerophotoworks gallery.
- Singapore UAS Community represented on the UAS Advisory Panel appointed by CAAS
CAAS announced the appointment of an Advisory Panel to review UAS regulations on 23 May 2019. The Singapore UAS Community is pleased to be represented on the Panel. Read more
- Industry Engagement Session with Government Agencies
AAIS held its Industry Engagement session with the government economic agencies – EDB, A*STAR and JTC – on 17 May 2019 at the InterContinental Hotel. We were also pleased to welcome the attendance of Enterprise Singapore, Workforce Singapore and SkillsFuture Singapore. Many thanks to our member, Bollore Logistics, for their sponsorship of the event.
EDB presented an update on the Aerospace Transformation Map, launched in Jan 2018. In terms of value-added and employment, the industry was heartened to learn that the sector is on track to achieve the transformation targets. EDB also shared case examples, along with the tools and support available to companies for their transformation journey. These include the Singapore Smart Industry Readiness Index (SIRI), Place & Train, Earn & Learn, Professional Conversion Programme and others.
A*STAR shared the findings from its Operation & Technology Roadmap (OTR) exercise on the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in aerospace. This exercise solicited industry feedback on priority areas and will sharpen A*STAR’s focus on the relevant applications. As the industry continues to pursue digitalisation as a priority, AI will power new intelligent concepts, applications and services.
JTC updated members on the ongoing development of Seletar Aerospace Park (SAP), which now hosts more than 60 companies and 5,000 staff. Already into its eleventh year, SAP continues to pioneer new industry park concepts with its mix of prepared land, ready-built factories and community development programmes. The industry can look forward to new high-specification standard factories, the second phase of restoration at the Oval – the lifestyle services hub of the park, a new heritage trail and a new cycling trail as part of the Round-Island Route. This holistic approach to development is contributing to SAP’s already sterling reputation as a growth location for the industry, and a conducive environment for the workforce.
For more information on these initiatives and to sponsor future events, please contact AAIS secretariat (email: email@example.com).
To view photos of the event, visit the Aerophotoworks gallery.
- Building facade inspection using unmanned systems
AAIS has appointed Mr Robin Thevathasan of its Panel of Experts to represent the Singapore UAS Community on the Working Group for the development of standards relating to the inspection of building facades using UAVs.
- Aerospace 3D Printing Workshop
In partnership with the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC), AAIS co-organised a workshop on 3D-Printing in the Aerospace Sector on 6 May 2019. The workshop provided the latest industry updates on Additive Manufacturing applications in aerospace, as well as opportunities for Singapore SMEs. The event saw the participation of some 30 professionals from across the aerospace and AM sectors, all eager to find out and participate in the development of AM applications in aerospace.
The programme included speakers and AM experts from CETIM, ST Engineering Aerospace and Forefront AM, covering topics such as aerospace qualification, AM post processing and AM value chain disruption. Participants were also informed of successful AM applications in Europe and projects in Singapore under the AAIS-NAMIC Joint Industry Programme for AM. AAIS thanks all speakers, participants, and our partners for a very fruitful session.
- Aerospace Day 2019
The second edition of Aerospace Day was held on 17 April 2019 at Seletar Aerospace Park (SAP). Organised by JTC, AAIS, and the Aerospace Engineering Sector Coordination Team (formed by the 5 polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education), Aerospace Day aims to provide final-year aerospace students from tertiary institutions with the opportunity to gain early exposure to the industry.
1,000 students were bussed down to the Oval for an open house/carnival. They took part in various aerospace-themed workshops on topics such as 3D printing, drone-flying and glider-making. Students were also encouraged to engage with representatives from SIngapore aerospace companies at the career exhibition and take part in on-site challenges.
With the support of over 30 aerospace companies, students were given access to visit aerospace facilities, including repair shops and production floors. Participating companies, all located withing SAP, included Bombardier, Jet Aviation, Moog Aircraft Services Asia, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce, and ST Engineering Aerospace. The shop floor walks allowed students to experience, first-hand, the working environment and breadth of available opportunities in the industry.
Students also participated in the lucky draw, which saw winners walk away with prizes such as aircraft and landing gear models sponsored by Avimac, Liebherr-Singapore and Schaeffler Singapore.
This year also marked the first time that 200 mid-career professionals were invited to be part of the career exhibition via a partnership with the Employment and Employability Institute (e2i).
This event is the largest industry-specific student outreach programme in Singapore. AAIS was proud to jointly organise this initiative as part of our collective efforts to engage students and inspire the next generation of aerospace professionals.
- Rethinking Urban Air Mobility
A very interesting panel discussion, “Rethinking Urban Air Mobility (UAM)”, was a highlight of the Unmanned Systems Asia 2019 Conference in Singapore on 10 April 2019. The panel was moderated by a member of AAIS’ Panel of Experts, Mr Robin Thevathasan. Panel members included representatives from Airbus UAM, Bell, EmbraerX and Volocopter.
Each painted a slightly different perspective of the future of UAM, highlighting their company’s roles in shaping that future. But all were united in pointing at exciting possibilities in the near to medium term future – not science fiction! AAIS looks forward to playing a role at future forums on Urban Air Mobility and facilitating members’ involvement in the UAM ecosystem in Singapore.
- Seletar Aerospace Park to offer Indoor Testbeds for Commercial Applications of UAS
JTC and AAIS are launching a new joint initiative this year to provide indoor testbeds within Seletar Aerospace Park for commercial applications of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). These readily available indoor spaces are housed within JTC’s high rise developments at Seletar Aerospace Park, and will provide a safe and controlled environment for companies to conduct development trials and customer demonstrations. The announcement was made on 9 April 2019, in conjunction with the Unmanned Systems Asia exhibition.
AAIS Chief Executive Mr Sia Kheng Yok noted that UAS are finding applications in fields as diverse as smart cities, security, agriculture, mining, construction and resource management. “To support this industry and our members, we have formed the Singapore UAS Community as part of our association. This will represent and serve the interests of the emerging UAS sector in Singapore. Our partnership with JTC is an excellent example of our concerted efforts to facilitate innovation and provide a launchpad for this promising industry.”
Ms Glory Wee, Director, Aerospace, Marine & Urban Solutions Cluster, JTC said, “The provision of these indoor testbeds at Seletar Aerospace Park will support the development and commercialisation of UAS technologies. The UAS and aerospace communities are complementary, and we are confident this new initiative will enable more industry partnerships to be catalysed in Singapore.”
- AAIS launches Singapore UAS Community
AAIS announced the formation of the Singapore UAS Community on 9 April 2019. Conceived with the support of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and Enterprise Singapore, the Community aims to represent and serve the interests of the emerging UAS sector in Singapore. This includes aerospace companies, technology start-ups, supporting solution and service providers, end-users and educational institutions.
The announcement was noted by Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Mr Baey Yam Keng, at the opening of the Unmanned Systems Asia and Rotorcraft Asia 2019 tradeshow. To help connect UAS businesses to market opportunities, the AAIS also launched its inaugural Singapore UAS Directory 2019.
President of AAIS, Mr Philip Quek said, “The surge in public and private sector demand for UAS solutions provides a glimpse of the market’s untapped potential. Building upon our strengths as an Association, we will engender the UAS Community, and together, play a role in supporting market development and access, sourcing of new technologies, development of standards and policy advocacy.”
Congratulating AAIS on the launch of its UAS Community and the inaugural publication of the Singapore UAS Directory, Enterprise Singapore’s Executive Director for Manufacturing & Engineering Mr Simon Lim remarked, “This brings together the industry’s efforts and resources, and will potentially yield solutions that can scale beyond our shores. Enterprise Singapore will collaborate with AAIS in understanding the needs of UAS businesses to better support them in the development of new capabilities and innovative solutions, and accessing global opportunities.”
- DSTA Innovation Call: Solutions for Surveillance or/and Safe-Neutralisation of Rogue Drones
DSTA is calling for scalable solutions for surveillance and/or neutralisation of rogue drones in an urban setting. This challenge provides a unique opportunity for companies to develop a counter-drone solution which can yield immense public and private business opportunities. A briefing will be conducted by DSTA to provide more technical details and proposal criteria. Details on the call and registration for briefing can be found HERE.
Date/Time: 15 April 2019 | 3.30pm
- Visit by the Oman National Defence College
Together with representatives from ST Engineering Aerospace and Temasek Polytechnic, AAIS were pleased to receive a delegation of senior officials from the Oman National Defence College (NDC) at Seletar Aerospace Park (SAP) on 29 March 2019. The delegation of 20 was headed by Brigadier Mohammed Yarub Majid Al Saifi, Assistant Commandant of the NDC.
The officials were participants of a leadership development course by the NDC, which included a study visit programme abroad to learn about other countries, their strategic concerns, and their bilateral relations with Oman. The delegation was interested to visit SAP as part of their broad objective to learn about the strategic and geostrategic importance of Singapore, including Singapore’s economic and industrial capabilities.
During the visit, AAIS and member representatives shared with the delegation on the development of the SAP and Singapore as an aviation hub, and capabilities of the Singapore aerospace ecosystem. There was a lively discussion on the education pathways, as well as, training and skills development initiatives in Singapore.
Oman has expressed its ambitions to position the Sultanate as an aviation hub with worldwide appeal. According to Omani Minister of Transport and Communications, H.E. Ahmed Al-Futaisi, “Aviation is a key sector for economic growth, and having a clear vision to further develop it will positively impact other related sectors like tourism, logistics, as well as agriculture and fisheries.”
In 2017, SATS and Oman Air formed a joint venture, Oman Air SATS Cargo, which currently manages all cargo handling at Muscat International Airport.
- AAIS Futsal Tournament 2019
On Saturday, 16 March 2019, a crowd of almost 200 players, supporters and friends gathered at the Premier Pitch at Turf City for the annual AAIS Futsal Tournament. The event saw the participation of 24 teams from organisations and businesses across the aerospace industry, all vying for a brand new Championship trophy.
The tournament saw spirited competition between teams right from the very first whistle. After an exhilarating round robin, the semi-finals saw a team from SAESL pitted against Pratt & Whitney (TOS), and Rolls-Royce against SIAEC. A superb penalty save by SAESL’s “gloveless goalie” paved his team’s way towards the finals. In the other match, team Rolls-Royce blazed their way to victory to secure a podium position.
The Finals game came to a draw, and was ultimately decided by a nail-biting penalty shootout. Once again SAESL’s goalkeeper, Ahmad Shaza Baylan, performed miracles with his gloveless hands, with two saves against Rolls-Royce. With that, SAESL was crowned champions of the AAIS Futsal Tournament 2019, with Baylan earning the well-deserved “Most Valuable Player” title.
We thank all in attendance for your participation and support. Hope to see you at our next events!
View more photos from the tournament HERE.
- Seminar on China’s Commercial Aerospace Market
Together with knowledge partners from Bollore Logistics, AAIS co-organised a seminar on China’s commercial aerospace market on 22 Feb 2019. The event saw the participation of more than 30 senior management and managers from OEMs and suppliers.
Mr Warren Wang, Vertical Market Director-Greater China for Bollore Logistics, gave an engaging and interesting presentation highlighting China’s plans to become an aviation powerhouse and market prospects in the next decades. Participants also learned about the restructuring of China’s customs regulations and found out about new opportunities to supply into the Chinese market.
The seminar received positive reviews and left participants with a good feel and overview of the status of aerospace the industry in China. AAIS thanks Bollore for a fruitful session and all participants for their active participation.
- CNY HOST Networking @ Grand Copthorne Waterfront
The Singapore aerospace community came together for the first HOST Networking session for the year on 12 February 2019, at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront hotel. The event saw some 80 senior executives and professionals from across the sector in attendance. Members and invited guests enjoyed a special programme in conjunction with the Lunar New Year, which included a special quiz to honour the Year of the Pig. There was also the customary “tossing of the salad'” or Lo-Hei’ or for good fortune, and a lucky draw with two lucky winners.
AAIS thanks everyone for taking the time to partake in the celebration! Our deepest appreciation to Grand Copthorne Singapore for the festive atmosphere and the delectable spread of local delights! For bookings and enquiries, contact Felicia Kuang at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the following link to view more photos from the event: https://www.aerophotoworks.com/p569626637
- Learning Journey to Smart Model Factory @ ARTC
AAIS organised a learning journey to the Model Factory @ ARTC on 29 January 2019 as part of our Digitalisation Programme. The visit was well received with the participation of more than 20 professionals from across the aerospace industry.
The Model Factory @ ARTC allows members to experience first-hand how digitalisation solutions can be implemented to improve business and operations. Participants had the opportunity to tour the Virtual Manufacturing Lab of a gearbox assembly line, which gave a feel for a full digital footprint of a factory. They also visited the Manufacturing Intelligence Control Room to view a demonstration of real-time analytics and condition monitoring, which enables decentralised decision making and optimisation.
The next learning journey for the aerospace community will be organised in June 2019. Find out more and register HERE.
- Aerospace Community Day 2019
In conjunction with the upcoming Lunar New Year, the Singapore Aerospace community came together to spread festive cheer to over 100 elderly from four homes, at our annual CNY luncheon.
Seniors from the Bright Hill Evergreen Home, Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home, St John’s Home for the Elders and Thong Teck Home enjoyed a sumptuous Chinese lunch spread and a lively performance of English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Hokkien songs by the talented MusicMix band and singers. Organised by AAIS, the Aerospace Community Day event concluded with the distribution of mandarin oranges and ang baos (red packets) by volunteers, to bring ‘good luck’ and warm smiles to the beneficiaries.
AAIS would like to thank the following companies and individuals for their invaluable contribution and support of this event:
- Aerospace Component Engineering Services
- Bollore Logistics Singapore
- Pattonair Asia
- Singapore Aero Engine Services
- Rolls-Royce Singapore
- Wencor LLC
- Staff of Pratt & Whitney Turbine Overhaul Services
- Mr Ivan Ho – Airbus Group Singapore
- Mr Jeffrey Lam – ST Engineering Aerospace
- Mr Eddy Eyo – W.H. Brennan & Co
- Ms Mary Tan (ret’d)
The Association looks forward to organising more of such events with continued support from the community.
View more photos from the event here: https://www.aerophotoworks.com/p984704217
- Business Mission to France for Aeromart Toulouse (4 to 6 December 2018)
With the support of Enterprise Singapore, AAIS mounted a business mission and Singapore Pavilion at Aeromart Toulouse 2018 from 4 to 6 December 2018. With an eye-catching setup, the Singapore Pavilion at Hall 6 E36 saw a good amount of traffic. Participants enjoyed three great days of meeting potential customers and partners, as well as a high-level conference with topics on innovation, supply chain and procurement policies of large OEMs.
“Aeromart is a very good platform for getting business opportunities as well as business contacts. I appreciate the effort from AAIS and ESG for organising this event for Singapore companies. Good job!” – Mr Ang Yong Kang, Marketing Lead, Singapore Aerospace Manufacturing.
Singapore Pavilion exhibitors
- Coway Engineering & Manufacturing Pte Ltd
- D & H Precision Tools Pte Ltd
- KBG Contract Machining Pte Ltd
- Rexadvance Technology Pte Ltd
- Singapore Aerospace Manufacturing Pte Ltd
The Singapore Pavilion was Organised by: Supported by:
- Business Mission to Tokyo (25 to 29 November 2018)
AAIS participated in a business mission to Tokyo for the “CEO Network Enhancing Project for Aviation and Advanced Technology” from 25-29 Nov 2018. This was held in conjunction with the Japan International Aerospace Exhibition 2018 at Tokyo Big Sight.
We record our appreciation to the sponsors, the Organization for Small & Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation, Japan (“SMRJ”), otherwise known as SME Support Japan. The Project also involved participants from Taiwan, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia and India.
The programme included visiting the Japan International Aerospace Exhibition, participating in METI’s Asia Aircraft Supply Chain Forum, speaking at a seminar for Japanese SMEs, holding prearranged B2B meetings with Japanese companies, attending networking events and a cultural experience.
- HOST Networking @ Parkroyal on Beachroad (21 November 2018)
The final AAIS HOST Networking session for 2018 was held on 21 November at PARKROYAL on Beach Road. More than 50 senior professionals from various sectors of the aerospace industry came together to mingle and network while enjoying sumptuous food and drinks. The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) community were also present as invited guests for the year-end gathering.
AAIS Chief Executive Sia Kheng Yok started the evening with an update of AAIS activities and new members. As has become tradition, attendees were also treated to a sing-along acoustic session by Mr Steven Crummack from Airbus Singapore. During the Lucky Draw, four lucky guests won prizes ranging from dining vouchers to a 2D1N weekend stay, courtesy of PARKROYAL on Beach Road.
AAIS is pleased to have played host at this year-end get together for our members, partners, and friends. We thank guests for joining us and PARKROYAL on Beach Road for a fruitful partnership.
Visit the following link to view more photos from the event: https://www.aerophotoworks.com/p569626637
- Nadcap Technical Symposium (14 November 2018)
Organised by the Performance Review Institute (PRI) and supported by AAIS, the Nadcap Technical Symposium was held for the first time in Singapore on 14 November 2018. The Symposium was a good opportunity for aerospace suppliers to gain technical information and knowledge to better prepare for a Nadcap audit. It saw the participation of aerospace professionals from across the Asia-Pacific.
The event kicked off with a welcome and introduction by Mr Joe Pinto, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of PRI. Participants also heard about Nadcap from subscribers’ perspectives, through presentations by Mr Etienne Galan, VP for Quality & Improvement of Safran and Mr Xia Hong, External Laboratory Manager of Rolls-Royce’s Central Technology Group.
At the event, AAIS and PRI renewed their 10-year collaboration with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding. The two parties agreed to continue providing and promoting aerospace special processes auditing, training, and personnel qualification programmes in Singapore.
Participants of the Symposium then broke out into two sessions on i) Heat Treating, led by Mr Jerry Aston, Programme Manager for Heat Treating/Metallic Materials Manufacturing; and ii) Chemical Processing led by Mr Chee Soon Lum, Nadcap Auditor. The speakers gave recommendations for audit preparation and pointers on interpreting the Nadcap checklist requirements. They also reviewed common non-conformity issues and non-conformance reports response guidelines.
AAIS thanks PRI and all the speakers for generously sharing their knowledge on Nadcap matters. Organisations and suppliers that are interested to find out more are welcome to contact email@example.com.
- Visit by World Alliance for Chinese Quality (WACQ) (9 November 2018)
The Singapore Aerospace Quality Group (SAQG) welcomed a delegation from the World Alliance for Chinese Quality (WACQ) to Seletar Aerospace Park (SAP) on 9 November 2018. The 30-man delegation consisted of members from the Chinese Association for Quality, the Chinese Society for Quality, the Hong Kong Society for Quality, as well as executives from companies such as Xiaomi Communications and Chinese research institutions.
The delegation was in Singapore to attend a two-day summit, organised by the Singapore Quality Institute. As part of the programme, the delegation visited various “Best-in-class” organisations to witness and learn about innovative means in achieving best practices for quality.
During the visit to SAP, the delegation was given an introduction of AAIS and an overview of the Singapore aerospace industry by SAQG Chairman, Mr Jimson Ngiam. The group also visited the Rolls-Royce Singapore Assembly and Test Unit, hosted by SAQG Deputy Chairman, Mr Jeffrey Ho.
- Commercial Aviation Services Asia-Pacific 2018 (6 to 8 November 2018)
The Commercial Aviation Services Asia-Pacific conference and exhibition was recently launched in Singapore and held from 6 to 8 November 2018 at the Singapore Expo.
The event, formerly known as MRO Asia Pacific, expanded its portfolio this year to provide a “nose-to-tail” experience for attendees. The Aeroengines and Aerospace Manufacturing conferences as well as the Inflight Pavilion, Workshop and Awards – which were introduced last year – were further developed to provide a comprehensive view of the aerospace landscape.
At the exhibition, AAIS organised and managed the Singapore pavilion which grew in size to house 30 exhibiting companies.
Companies under the Singapore Pavilion
1 Aerospace Quality Supplier Pte. Ltd.
2 Aero-Zone Distribution Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.
3 Assa Abloy Entrance Systems Singapore Pte. Ltd.
4 Avensys Consulting Pte. Ltd.
5 Ban Chu Leong Technologies Pte. Ltd.
6 BC Technology Pte Ltd
7 Bollore Logistics Singapore Pte. Ltd.
8 CW Aero Services Pte. Ltd.
9 Dallas Airmotive Asia-Pacific Pte. Ltd.
10 Dynaron Enterprises Pte. Ltd.
11 Esterline Sensors Services Asia Pte. Ltd.
12 Field International Pte Ltd
13 Fischer Instrumentation (S) Pte Ltd
14 Hawker Pacific Asia Pte Ltd
15 IXTEQ Singapore Pte. Ltd.
16 Kuehne + Nagel (Asia Pacific) Management Pte. Ltd.
17 Magellan Aviation Singapore Pte. Ltd.
18 NDT Instruments Pte Ltd
19 Ontic Engineering & Manufacturing Asia-Pacific Pte. Ltd.
20 Orapi Applied (S) Pte. Ltd.
21 Pattonair Aisa Pte. Ltd.
22 Prime Aerospace Pte Ltd
23 Quest Global Services Pte Ltd
24 Quasi-S Pte. Ltd.
25 Regent Aerospace Singapore Pte. Ltd.
26 Rhinestahl Singapore Pte. Ltd.
27 Rotomatik (S) Pte Ltd
28 Singapore Aero Engine Services Private Limited
29 Transfingo Pte. Ltd.
30 W.H. Brennan & Company (Private) Limited
Here are some highlights from the Singapore Pavilion:
AAIS member, Transfingo Pte Ltd, announced its partnership with Dviation Group Holdings to form a joint venture. The new Singapore incorporated entity aims to promote the development of the local Aviation industry by providing training and human capital related services. Photo by: Aerophotoworks for AAIS Pattonair Asia Pte Ltd, also a member of AAIS, had a Virtual Reality Experience area at its booth. The VR tool is being developed to help technicians practise kitting. The VR simulation at the exhibition allowed users a unique experience of walking a sky-high plank. Photo by: Lindsay Bjerregaard/Aviation Week
The Singapore Pavilion saw 11 first-time exhibitors at the 2018 show. Among them was Prime Aerospace, a member of AAIS. Headquartered in Singapore, it is an EASA approved Repair station for Airbus cabin & cargo panels, engineering services provider as well as a parts/tooling distributor. Photo by: Aerophotoworks for AAIS
Another member of AAIS, Bollore Logistics, signed an Asia supply chain distribution agreement with Aviation Partner and Consulting. The exhibition also saw Regent Aerospace sign a contract with SATAIR for aircraft cabin upgrades and refurbishments. Photo by: Aerophotoworks for AAIS
Visit the AAIS event gallery to view more photos from the event: https://www.aerophotoworks.com/p1033229813
- Delegation from Malaysia Visits SAP (7 November 2018)
AAIS were pleased to receive a delegation of some 20 aerospace executives from Malaysia at the Seletar Aerospace Park on 7 November 2018. The delegation, organised by the Malaysia Aerospace Industries Association (MAIA), was in Singapore to attend the Commercial Aviation Services Asia-Pacific conference and exhibition.
Earlier that morning, AAIS and MAIA signed a Memorandum of Cooperation on the sidelines of the exhibition, witnessed by members of both parties. The delegation also participated in a networking reception with Singapore aerospace companies.
During the visit to SAP, the Malaysian delegation were briefed on the development of Seletar and the Singapore aviation industry. They were then accompanied on a short tour around the SAP. AAIS is pleased to have facilitated this visit and we look forward to more of such exchanges in future.
- AAIS and MAIA Sign Memorandum of Cooperation (7 November 2018)
The Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore) (AAIS) and the Malaysia Aerospace Industry Association (MAIA) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation on 7 November 2018, to promote and facilitate more business activities and collaboration between members of both parties.
The Memorandum was signed on the side lines of Aviation Week’s Commercial Aviation Services Asia-Pacific conference and exhibition, which was held from 6 to 8 November at the Singapore Expo. At the signing ceremony, AAIS was represented by its Chief Executive Mr Sia Kheng Yok, and MAIA by its Deputy President, Datuk Zulkarnain Mohamed, who is also Senior Director of Operations at Spirit Aerosystems (Malaysia). The signing was witnessed by members of both Associations.
The agreement promotes the exchange of information on aerospace businesses and capabilities, facilitation of industry study visits and business missions, networking opportunities, as well as mutual invitations to industry events. Emphasis was also placed upon the exchange of knowledge and expertise related to training and human resource development, to promote the continuous improvement of the aerospace talent pool.
Following the signing of the AAIS-MAIA MOC, AAIS member Transfingo Pte Ltd sealed and announced its partnership with MAIA member Dviation Holdings Ltd to form a new joint venture. The new Singapore incorporated entity aims to promote the development of the local Aviation industry by providing training and human capital related services.
Mr Sia said, “Malaysia is our closest neighbour and we are happy to deepen our business relations through this MOC with MAIA. The partnership between Transfingo and Dviation is a good example of how companies from both countries can work together to harness our synergies. We hope our members will continue to explore the many opportunities for collaboration, growth and expansion.”
- Visit by Aerospace Industry Delegation from Nagoya, Japan (31 October 2018)
AAIS was delighted to receive a delegation organised by the Nagoya Chamber of Commerce Industry (NCCI) at the Seletar Aerospace Park (SAP) on 31 October 2018. The delegation was led by Mr Junichi Miyakawa, Senior Corporate Adviser for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI), and included MHI’s leading suppliers, trading and logistics companies, as well as representatives from ANA.
The visit was made as part of the delegation’s “Asia tour” to better understand and connect with the aerospace industry in Singapore and Malaysia. During the visit to SAP, AAIS Chief Executive Sia Kheng Yok briefed the delegation on AAIS and Seletar. The delegation was also interested to discuss plans for aerospace/aviation infrastructure and supplier development in Singapore.
The NCCI delegation also visited several aerospace facilities in SAP, Loyang and Changi. Other AAIS members interested to connect with NCCI are welcome to contact the Secretariat.
- AAIS receives Masters Students from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland (29 October 2018)
AAIS welcomed a group of 23 students from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, to the Seletar Aerospace Park on 29 October 2018. The students were in Singapore to participate in an International Management module as part of their Masters programme.
AAIS Chief Executive Sia Kheng Yok gave a briefing on the aerospace industry and aviation development in Singapore. The students were also keen to discuss the role of AAIS in the promotion and advancement of the aerospace industry.
The group also visited two aerospace facilities in Seletar – Airbus Asia Training Centre and Bell Helicopter Asia – to learn about MRO operations and innovative training technologies.
- EASA-CAAS Additive Manufacturing Workshop (15-16 October 2018)
AAIS was proud to be a supporting partner of the Additive Manufacturing (AM) workshop organised jointly by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) from 15 to 16 October 2018. Participants enjoyed two great days of learning from industry experts and aviation regulators at the event, held at the Singapore Aviation Academy.
During the programme, industry counterparts from Europe shared about their careful, step-wise progress towards understanding the critical parameters of AM processes, developing process controls, and the rigorous testing of AM parts. Singapore companies, in turn, shared their efforts and progress made towards developing AM capabilities. The regulators spoke about the regulatory framework and journey towards understanding the best approaches toward regulation. All were united in sharing knowledge for the sake of furthering aviation safety.
AAIS is deeply appreciative of the speakers and heartened by the keen industry interest. Look out for our next AM Community event and find out more about the Joint Industry Innovation Programme on AM here!
- Launch of Plant-a-Tree Initiative at Seletar Aerospace Park (16 October 2018)
As part of its sustainability efforts, JTC launched its Plant-a-Tree initiative at Seletar Aerospace Park (SAP) on Tuesday, 16 October 2018. Guest-of-Honour, President Halimah Yacob, together with the Council of Presidential Advisers, launched the initiative by planting a Flame of the Forest tree at Park Lane. AAIS was honoured to represent the Seletar aerospace business community at the ceremony alongside representatives from JTC and the Seletar Hills Estate Residents’ Association (Shera).
JTC plans to make SAP a more beautiful, interactive and attractive workplace for the industry and the neighbouring communities. Apart from partnership with the industry and community to plant trees within the estate, other new initiatives include new lifestyle and food concepts at refurbished colonial bungalows, a trail that exhibits Seletar’s rich aviation heritage, and a stretch of the round-island cycling route that is being built through SAP. Prior to the ceremony, President and the CPA also visited the Rolls-Royce facility and the new passenger terminal at Seletar Airport, slated to be opened by end-2018.
President of Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore), Mr Philip Quek said, “This important initiative by JTC provides a good opportunity for the aerospace community to come together with the goal of working towards a sustainable future. The greening programme will create an attractive and conducive environment in Seletar, which can be enjoyed by all who work here.”
Echoing this sentiment, President SE Asia, Pacific & South Korea of Rolls-Royce, Dr Bicky Bhangu said, “It is gratifying to see improvements being made to Seletar Aerospace Park as it grows in strategic importance to Singapore’s aerospace industry, and for the region. These initiatives by JTC create a supportive working environment, with consideration for social aspects such as eateries and pleasant green space, that continue to attract talents to this growth industry. The green trail will be an amazing way to discover the Seletar Aerospace Park and the heritage of this landscape. All these steps reflect Rolls-Royce’s objectives to attract and retain the right talents to be at their best for today and for tomorrow.”
- SAQG Regulatory Session (28 September 2018)
The Singapore Aerospace Quality Group (SAQG) organised a regulatory session for the aerospace quality community on 28 September 2018 at JTC Aviation Two. The event was attended by 67 quality managers and engineers from more than 40 aerospace organisations.
Mr Alan Sim spoke about the robust quality culture adopted by Pratt & Whitney Component Aerospace Singapore Pte Ltd. He shared how it reinforced employees’ quality mindset to meet the organisation’s mission of building dependable engines.
The highlight of the session was ‘EASA Updates’ by Mr Luigi G.M. Preti (Maintenance Organization Expert & EASA International Officer in Singapore). His presentation covered the latest changes to Part M and Part 145. It ended with a Q&A session and attendees took the opportunity to seek clarifications on regulatory compliance matters and operations.
AAIS and SAQG extend our deepest appreciation to the speakers for their support!
- 16th Annual General Meeting of AAIS (21 September 2018)
The Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore) held its 16th Annual General Meeting on 21 September 2018 at the Tourmaline Rooms, Singapore Expo Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Addressing the members of AAIS, President Mr Philip Quek said, “Two years ago, we revisited the purpose and relevance of AAIS, resulting in the launch of a new mission and vision. This has re-energised our association and we have spent the last two years aligning our programmes to the new vision.We clarified our roles as being the Voice of Industry to promote a conducive business operating environment. Secondly, to be a Facilitator of Business, developing market channels for products and services to the aviation and aerospace industry. And finally, to Engender the Aerospace Community, promoting networks and collaboration.”
Commenting on the progress made, he added, “We have certainly made very good progress, expanding our services and being more relevant to businesses. Our approach has not been to set membership goals, but to focus on creating value for the industry. We believe that if we are successful in this, more companies will join us and find it relevant to support our efforts at developing the Singapore aerospace hub.”
Concluding his address, Mr Quek said, “We began our journey in hard times back in 2003, and have since weathered several storms together. It is my wish that collectively, we will continue to play an increasing significant role as a promoter of the aviation and aerospace industry in Singapore, even extending our influence internationally.This will only be possible with your continued support and encouragement. I welcome your ideas, active participation and collaboration. Let us work together to develop the association and strengthen the aerospace community.”
At the AGM, Mr Richard Wong, General Manager of Pratt & Whitney – Turbine Overhaul Services Pte Ltd, was elected to the Management Committee FY2017/19. This was to fill a position that had fallen vacant. Our congratulations to Mr Wong.
3 staff of AAIS were also presented with 5-year and 10-year service awards by the AAIS President, in recognition of their faithful service.
- AAIS recognises the support of its Charter Members (21 September 2018)
At the AAIS 15th Anniversary Gala Dinner, the association paid tribute to the unstinting support of our Charter (founding) Members. These members stood by AAIS through difficult times and were present at the dinner to celebrate the journey taken together. Representatives of the Charter Members were presented with tokens of appreciation and participated in the Celebratory Toast led by President of AAIS, Mr Philip Quek.
In alphabetical order, our Charter Members are:
- Air Transport Training College Pte Ltd
- UTC Aerospace Systems – Fuel Accessory Service Technologies Pte Ltd
- UTC Aerospace Systems – Goodrich Aerostructures Service Center Asia Pte Ltd
- UTC Aerospace Systems – Hamilton Sundstrand Pacific Aerospace Pte Ltd
- Honeywell Aerospace Singapore Pte Ltd
- Panasonic Avionics Services Singapore Pte Ltd
- Safran Landing Systems Services Singapore Pte Ltd
- Satair Pte Ltd
- SIA Engineering Company Ltd
- Singapore Aero Engine Services Pte Ltd
- Singapore Institute of Aerospace Engineers
- Singapore Test Services Pte Ltd
- ST Engineering Aerospace Ltd
- Thales in Singapore
- Windsor Airmotive Asia Pte Ltd
- AAIS celebrates its 15th Anniversary (21 September 2018)
AAIS celebrated its 15th Anniversary in style, with a well-attended Gala Dinner on 21 September 2018, at the Singapore Expo Convention and Exhibition Centre. Captains of industry, members, partners and friends alike were present to share in the celebration.
AAIS President Mr Philip Quek observed, “AAIS has come a long way from its humble beginnings. From 23 corporate members 15 years ago, AAIS today represents 130 members and serves the aerospace industry with the mission of promoting the development of Singapore as a leading aerospace hub. Over the years, the association has established itself as a credible and effective platform for industry-government engagement. With the strong support of its members, it has also demonstrated its ability to harness the collective strength of the aerospace industry in Singapore for its common interests.”
Graced by the Minister for Trade & Industry, Mr Chan Chun Sing, the Gala Dinner also honoured two distinguished and passionate champions of industry, Mr Charles Chong and Mr Manohar Khiatani. “In their respective roles, they have led with vision and shaped our path through uncertain times. They have inspired the next generation of industry leaders and we are proud to present them with the AAIS Aviation & Aerospace Luminary Awards 2018,” said Mr Philip Quek.
AAIS also recognised the unstinting support of our Charter (founding) Members, who stood by AAIS through difficult times and were present at the Gala Dinner to celebrate together. Read more.
In conjunction with the event, the Joint Industry Innovation Programme (JIP) on Additive Manufacturing was launched by the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster and AAIS, in partnership with CAAS and Workforce SG. Read more.
Event photographs may be viewed at: https://www.aerophotoworks.com/aais15gala (photo credits: www.aerophotoworks.com).
- Joint Industry Innovation Programme on Additive Manufacturing launched (21 September 2018)
The Joint Industry Innovation Programme (JIP) on Additive Manufacturing (AM) was officially launched in conjunction with the 15th Anniversary Gala Dinner of AAIS on 21 Sep 2018. The JIP was organised by the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC) and the Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore), in partnership with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and Workforce Singapore (WSG). The aim of the programme was to accelerate the development of AM competencies for the aerospace industry in Singapore.
Participants included ST Engineering Aerospace and Accuron Aerospace (Singapore Aerospace Manufacturing), as well as global companies, Siemens, EOS and Arkema. These companies were expected to benefit from the development of proprietary AM know-how and certification processes. Specialists would also be trained on AM process technology, and the design of parts for AM.
Mr Philip Quek, President of AAIS, explained the significance of AM for the aerospace industry: “Additive Manufacturing (more popularly known as 3D Printing) is an emerging technology that has the potential to enable the restructuring of supply chains and to change the economics of manufacturing. Of interest to aerospace, is its ability to produce aerospace components of lighter weight. In some cases, components can be produced in a single piece, instead of involving the assembly of a few components. This can reduce the cost of manufacturing. There is also the potential to use Additive Manufacturing to produce parts on demand, instead of having to keep a stock of spare parts. Additive Manufacturing is also enabling new ways of repairing used aerospace parts. For Singapore, investing in Additive Manufacturing capabilities has the potential to renew the competitiveness of industry and reposition it for the future.”
“The programme is very well-timed, strengthening the competency and readiness of the Additive Manufacturing ecosystem in Singapore, providing solutions involving the complete value chain. This will further strengthen Singapore’s position as the centre of Aviation MRO services in this part of the world for many years to come,” said Mr Lim Tau Fuie, Chief Technology Officer of ST Engineering Aerospace.
“We are excited with the launch of the AAIS-NAMIC Joint Industry Innovation Programme for the aerospace segment. We strongly believe this is a crucial step in the right direction, that will help accelerate the knowledge and experience base of advanced additive manufacturing in the local ecosystem, and continue Singapore’s status as a world class aerospace MRO Hub,” said Mr Benjamin Moey, VP Additive Manufacturing (Asia Pacific), Siemens.
“The industries of the future will require capabilities in enabling technologies. Additive Manufacturing is arguably the only technology that can elevate our workforce and industries to innovate better, differentiating themselves from the competition to offer on-demand, light-weighted products and solutions with generative designs using advanced materials, providing an opportunity to transform their business models and in the process contribute to decarbonisation efforts,” says Dr Ho Chaw Sing, NAMIC Managing Director.
- Signing of Memorandum of Cooperation with the Korea Aerospace Industries Association (21 August 2018)
Photos by Aerophotoworks for AAIS.
A Memorandum of Cooperation was signed between AAIS and the Korea Aerospace Industries Association (KAIA) on 21 August 2018. Vice Chairman Mr Kwon Ohjung led a delegation of KAIA and Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) officials to the signing ceremony and for a visit to Seletar Aerospace Park. AAIS was represented at the signing by the Chief Executive of AAIS, supported by members.
- Visit by Aichi Prefecture Delegation (17 August 2018)
AAIS welcomed a delegation from Aichi Prefecture to Seletar Aerospace Park on 17 August 2018.
Leading the delegation were the Governor of Aichi Prefecture, Mr Hideaki Ohmura and the President of Nagoya University, Mr Seiichi Matsuo.
The delegation was briefed on the progress of Seletar Aerospace Park and accompanied on a short tour.
- Unmanned Aircraft Systems Roundtable (16 August 2018)
A roundtable for the UAS community was co-hosted by the Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore) and Enterprise Singapore on 16 Aug 2018. Participants included representatives from UAS manufacturers, service providers, technology providers, ANSPs, VCs and government agencies. It was an interesting session hearing what each participant does, sharing perspectives on business and market opportunities and brainstorming possible collective action. We look forward to the next steps!
- Visit by Oman Aviation Group (14 August 2018)
AAIS welcomed a delegation from Oman Aviation Group (OAG) to Seletar Aerospace Park on 14 August 2018.
The OAG was recently formed to be the government arm for Aviation development, with responsibility for Oman Air, airport management and air traffic services. The delegation was interested in the success of Seletar Aerospace Park, and to learn about the land development and planning considerations
AAIS is pleased to have facilitated this visit and we look forward to more of such exchanges.
- First Roundtable of the Community for Aerospace Additive Manufacturing (24 July 2018)
A roundtable meeting of the Additive Manufacturing (AM) community was held on 24 July 2018 at AAIS offices, in a collaborative effort between AAIS, CAAS, National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC) and Workforce SG.
Some 50 participants were present, representing aerospace OEMs, equipment manufacturers, material suppliers, 3D printing services, special processes services, test services, and education/research institutions. The roundtable discussed a proposed Joint Industry Programme and explored possible opportunities for collaboration.
Participants agreed to meet quarterly as a community, for knowledge-sharing and to promote collaboration. There was a shared desire to accelerate capability building and the industrialisation of AM in Singapore for aerospace applications.
- AAIS Annual Bowling Tournament 2018 (14 July 2018)
Now in its 14th edition, AAIS held its annual bowling tournament at Kallang Bowl. The tournament attracted a total of 22 teams across the aerospace industry.
AAIS thanks all participating teams and once again, congratulates the winners. We also thank Mr Mike Stangarone, Managing Director of Magellan Aviation Group, Mr David Schaffar, President of Pattonair and Mr Sia Kheng Yok, Chief Executive of AAIS for presenting the lucky draw winners and trophies.
We look forward to another exciting tournament next year!
Here are the results:
Category Company Name Team Name Team Champion ST Engineering Aerospace Ltd ST Engineering – Aerospace 1 1st Runner-Up ST Engineering Aerospace Ltd ST Engineering – Aerospace 2 2nd Runner-Up Hamilton Sundstrand Pacific Aerospace Pte Ltd HSUNPAC 1 Category Company Name (Team Name) Name Best Male Individual Bestlabs Singapore Pte Ltd (TEAM BESTLABS) Alvin Neo Cheng Hua Best Female Individual ST Engineering Aerospace Ltd (ST Engineering – Aerospace 1) Metta Koh Highest Game Score Prize Gender Company Team Name Name Game Score Pot Male ST Engineering Aerospace Ltd ST Engineering – Aerospace 2 Ian Tan 244 $140
Click here for the full tournament results.
Click here to view photos of the event.
- Visit to Rockwell Automation (Connected Enterprise Tour) (6 and 13 July 2018)
As part of our Digitalisation Programme, AAIS organised a Smart Manufacturing Tour to Rockwell Automation’s factory in Corporation Drive. Participants had the opportunity to see first-hand how Rockwell Automation has implemented digitalisation solutions in their factory and experienced the benefits. Over two Fridays, more than 30 aerospace professionals from functional backgrounds such as Operations, Supply Chain, Quality, Innovation and Management participated in the tour.
Participants also viewed a Connected Enterprise Demonstration at the Customer Experience Centre. This included demonstrations showcasing real-time dashboards, real-time consumption of inventory, sustainability initiatives (energy intelligence), machine safety initiatives, actionable analytics and an intelligent conveyor system.
AAIS thanks Rockwell Automation and our members for the fruitful visits.
- WorldSkills Singapore 2018 (5 to 7 July 2018)
The Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore) was invited by the Ministry of Education, SkillsFuture Singapore, and institutes of higher learning (IHLs) to take part as an exhibitor at the Education & Career Guidance (ECG) Exhibition, held from 5 to 7 July 2018 at Suntec Convention Centre.
The exhibition was held on the sidelines of the WorldSkills Singapore (WSS) 2018 Competition, and was attended by some 12,000 Secondary 2 & 3 students. The objective of this was to help raise awareness of the importance of skills mastery and lifelong learning, hoping to increase students’ appreciation of skills development and encourage exploration of various industries.
As trade association for Singapore’s aerospace sector, AAIS used this outreach opportunity to distribute its AeroCareer Guide 2018, which contains relevant information on jobs in the aerospace sector, as well as encouraged students to take part in an online quiz to test their understanding of the industry. 3D-model plane kits were awarded to participants.
Five industry clusters were featured at WSS 2018, including Engineering, Social & Personal Services, Transport & Logistics, Infocomm Technology, and Creative Arts & Fashion. Students were also given the opportunity to tour the WorldSkills Competition area, explore and interact with industry partners at the exhibition booths, and participate in the ECG talks and hands-on workshops.
Recognising talented and skilled manpower is vital for the future of the aerospace industry in Singapore. Thus, as firm believers in industry outreach and engaging the young, AAIS is honoured to be a part of this year’s WSS!
- Visit by Delegation from Chongqing Airport Economic Development Department (26 June 2018)
AAIS welcomed a delegation from the Chongqing Airport Economic Development Department to Seletar Aerospace Park (SAP) on 26 June 2018. The delegation, led by Mr Yin Huawei, Party Secretary, Director and Chairman of Chongqing Airport Economic Development Co Ltd, was received by AAIS Chief Executive, Mr Sia Kheng Yok and Singapore Institute of Aerospace Engineers Consultant, Mr Darrel Chua.
The delegation was keen to understand the land development and planning considerations for the aerospace industry in Singapore. They sought insights into how the Singapore government supports business development through its various programmes and how it develops talent for the aerospace industry. They also expressed interest in exploring collaborations with Singapore-based companies and in working with AAIS on business missions to Chongqing.
In return, the delegation shared their land development plans for the Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport area.
AAIS is pleased to have facilitated this visit and we look forward to more of such exchanges.
- Visit by Delegation from Swiss Aerospace Cluster (13 June 2018)
AAIS was pleased to welcome delegates from the Swiss Aerospace Cluster (SAC), including SAC’s President, Mr Roland Hengartner and Vice-President, Dr Andreas Wittmer, on 13 June 2018. The Swiss Aerospace Cluster is the industry network supporting the Swiss aerospace and satellite services industry in the transfer of knowledge and technology.
During the visit, the delegation was given an introduction of AAIS and an overview of the Singapore aerospace industry by AAIS Chief Executive, Mr Sia Kheng Yok. The visitors then engaged in exchanges with AAIS relating to its set-up and membership categories. After the discussion, the group visited Rolls-Royce Singapore. The delegates were provided with a briefing by Dr Bicky Bhangu, President for South East Asia, Pacific and South Korea at Rolls-Royce, followed by a tour of its engine assembly and test unit, and fan blade manufacturing facilities.
AAIS is pleased to have facilitated Swiss Aerospace Cluster’s visit.
- AAIS HOST Networking @ Novotel Singapore on Stevens (23 May 2018)
AAIS is pleased to have held its second HOST Networking session of the year on 23 May 2018 at the newly-opened Novotel Singapore on Stevens. Close to 80 senior executives and professionals from the industry, including members from the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore, gathered to soak in the cosy ambience of the hotel and network with fellow aerospace professionals.
AAIS Chief Executive, Mr Sia Kheng Yok kicked off the event with a few welcome remarks, before passing the session over to Mr Kevin Bossino, General Manager of Novotel Singapore on Stevens. This was followed by a short tour of the new hotel’s rooms and facilities, and a sumptuous serving of food and drinks. The evening culminated in a lucky draw which saw four guests walking away with hotel stays at Novotel and Mecure Singapore.
AAIS would like to thank the dedicated team at Novotel Singapore on Stevens for their hospitality, as well as our members for their continuous support in making this HOST Networking session another successful and memorable one!
View photos of the evening at www.aerophotoworks.com/p837409679
- AOG Conference Asia-Pacific (9-10 May 2018)
Organised by MNX Global Logistics Singapore and supported by Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore), the inaugural AOG Conference Asia Pacific was held from 9 to 10 May 2018 at the Swissotel Merchant Court, Singapore. As the sister conference to the successful AOG Conference Americas, the conference is dedicated to Airline AOG Professionals, allowing them to network with fellow AOG professionals; learn best practices, new technologies, industry issues and share information on how other airlines work to fulfill their AOG requirements; and engage with vendors and OEMs focused on supporting airline critical AOG needs.
The event attracted participation from 21 airlines, nine sponsors and exhibitors, including AOG support teams from aircraft manufacturers such as Airbus and Boeing, as well as suppliers and service providers like AJW, Unical Aviation, Global Airtech, Magellan, GA Telesis and GE Capital Aviation Services. Apart from a tour of SIA Engineering Company and a Host Airline Presentation by Singapore Airlines, AAIS’ Assistant Honorary Secretary, Mr Chow Kok Wah delivered a Keynote Address on Singapore’s Emerging Capabilities Supporting Global AOG at the conference. The conference also featured other speakers and panelists from Boeing, Airbus, Lufthansa Technik and AJW.
- AAIS forges ties with the German Aerospace Industries Association (25 April 2018)
The Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore) and the German Aerospace Industries Association (Bundesverband der Deutschen Luft- und Raumfahrtindustrie e.V. – BDLI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 25 April 2018. This was aimed at fostering closer links and exploring opportunities for collaborative activities.
The agreement builds on the strong existing business relationships between German and Singapore industry. According to Singapore government sources, there are some 1,700 German companies operating in Singapore. Germany and Singapore are also each other’s largest trading partner in ASEAN and EU respectively.
The MOU covers the exploration of joint activities in mutually relevant areas including information exchanges and discussion on Industry 4.0 and Additive Manufacturing for the Aerospace industry. The parties also agreed to facilitate member companies of AAIS and BDLI in exploring business opportunities and connections in Germany/Singapore and the surrounding regions.
“One of our core roles is to facilitate business for our members. This includes collaborating with our counterparts in Europe, in this case the BDLI, to provide our members with new channels for market and capability development. I strongly encourage members to leverage these collaborations. At the same time, we welcome more German companies to explore the regional market and find Singapore business partners,” said Mr Sia.
- Aerospace Day 2018 (25 April 2018)
Co-organised by JTC, AAIS and the Aerospace Engineering Sector Coordination Team (formed by the 5 polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education), the inaugural “Aerospace Day” was held on 25 April 2018 at The Oval @ Seletar Aerospace Park. The aim of the event was to give final year students studying in Aerospace courses a close-up look into what working in the industry would be like.
A highlight of the programme was the facility tours, where students were given a chance to visit at least two different companies in Seletar, where they got to learn about the range of job types and career opportunities available. Companies such as Rolls-Royce, ST Aerospace, SAFRAN, Wah Son Engineering and Airbus Asia Training Center (AATC) opened their doors to students to give them a taste of the real working environment in the context of broader aviation and MRO operations.
Apart from facility tours, students also enjoyed a carnival-like atmosphere at the Oval. Various activities were conducted in the black and white colonial bungalows, including a Virtual Reality workshop, where students got to experience on-the-job scenarios for pilots and aircraft technicians. Other interesting activities include 3D printing, drone flying and build-your-own glider workshops.
AAIS was proud to support this initiative as part of our collective efforts to engage students and inspire the next generation of industry professionals. View more photos from the event here: http://www.aerophotoworks.com/p439985231
- Visit of Italian Business Delegation to SAP (11 April 2018)
AAIS was pleased to welcome a business delegation from Italy to the Seletar Aerospace Park (SAP) on 11 April 2018. The visit, supported by EDB, was arranged as part of the programme for the Ambrosetti ASEAN-Italy dialogue, held to foster economic cooperation between ASEAN and Italy. Participants of the visit included representatives of Italian companies from aviation and aerospace subsectors such as cargo, space, robotics and automation solutions providers and parts suppliers.
During the visit, the delegation was given an introduction of AAIS and the Singapore Aerospace industry. Discussions then moved to sustaining competitiveness and differentiation factors for Singapore. The visitors were also interested to find out how Singapore attracts foreign direct investments and it shapes its aerospace talent pool. After the discussion, the group took a short tour around SAP and visited the Airbus Asia Training Centre.
AAIS is pleased to have been able to facilitate the visit.
- Visit of Delegation from MOFCOM and GACC (3 April 2018)
AAIS was pleased to welcome a delegation from the People’s Republic of China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) and General Administration of Customs to Seletar Aerospace Park on 3 April 2018. The delegation, led by Mr Zhi Luxun, Commercial Counselor at MOFCOM, was received by AAIS Asst Hon. Secretary Mr Chow Kok Wah.
The group, which visited SAP as part of a study visit, were keen to understand the land development considerations and plans for the aerospace industry in Singapore. They also sought to gain deeper insights on how Singapore develops its talent pool for the aerospace industry and prepares its manpower for the jobs of the future. The delegation also shared concerns on intellectual property issues and custom procedures for aircraft AOG management. They expressed keen interest in exploring further collaborations with Singapore based companies.
AAIS is pleased to have been able to facilitate the visit and looks forward to more of such exchanges.
- Rolls-Royce Crowned Champions at AAIS Futsal Tournament (17 March 2018)
The atmosphere was electric at the Indoor Premier Pitch @ Turf City on 17 March 2018 as teams gathered for the Annual AAIS Futsal Tournament 2018. A total of 24 teams participated in the event this year, representing various sub-sectors of the aerospace industry.
Teams fought hard in the round robin tournament, with players showing off individual skills and teamwork to score an average of 2 goals in the matches played.
The tournament eventually came to an all-Rolls-Royce final, and Rolls-Royce Team A emerged as the team champions with a 1-0 victory. Rolls-Royce Team B obtained the 1st runner-up position, while ARTC 1 triumphed with a 2-0 win over SAESL 1 to take 2nd runner-up. Most Valuable Player (MVP) was awarded to Mr Frank Walter from the Advanced Remanufacturing & Technology Centre for his outstanding performance on the pitch.
Congratulations to all teams on a well-fought tournament! We look forward to an even more exciting one next year!
Enjoy photos from the event here: http://www.aerophotoworks.com/p784616821
- Aerospace Community Day 2018 (14 February 2018)
It was a very special Valentine’s Day this year for the Aerospace community. On 14 February 2018, more than 30 volunteers from our member companies hosted 120 elderly from four homes to an enjoyable Chinese New Year lunch at the Imperial Court restaurant at The Grassroot’s Club. Beneficiaries from the Bright Hill Evergreen Home, Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home, St John’s Home for the Elders and Thongteck Home were treated to a sumptuous Chinese lunch spread including a spirited ‘Lo-Hei’ to usher in the New Year.
The atmosphere was made even livelier with nostalgic English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Hokkien songs by the talented MusicMix band and singers. The event concluded with the distribution of Mandarin Oranges and Ang Baos by volunteers, bringing a warm smile to the faces of the senior citizens.
AAIS would like to thank the following companies and individuals for their invaluable contribution and support of this event:
- Airbus Singapore Pte Ltd
- Asta Training International Pte Ltd
- Globaltronics Precision Pte Ltd
- JCS Vanetec Pte Ltd
- JEP Precision Engineering Pte Ltd
- Pattonair Asia Pte Ltd
- Rolls-Royce Singapore Pte Ltd
- Vector Aerospace Asia Pte Ltd
- Wencor LLC
- Mr Eddy Eyo – W.H. Brennan & Co
- Mr Ivan Ho – Airbus Group Singapore
- Mr Alastair Johnson – ARTC
- Ms Saskia Orelio – MNX Singapore
The Association looks forward to organising more of such events with continued support from the community.
View photos from the event here: http://www.aerophotoworks.com/p553030914
- Singapore Pavilion @ Singapore Airshow 2018 (5 to 11 February 2018)
Together with members, partners and exhibitors, AAIS had an exciting week at Singapore Airshow 2018! AAIS built and managed the Singapore Pavilion, which had 36 exhibiting organisations altogether, including 20 first-time exhibitors and 9 SMEs/start-ups featured at the SME pavilion. The Singapore pavilion received the attention of many VIP delegations and exhibitors were visited by President Halimah Yacob, DPM Teo Chee Hean, Ministers Ong Ye Kung and Khaw Boon Wan. Daily Singapore-themed kopi/teh and tasting portions of local cuisines were organised for the exhibitors’ trade guests, bringing in more traffic to the pavilion.
To provide more value to our members and exhibitors, AAIS organised 10 different programmes all within the same week.
Country briefings, networking and B2B meetings
- Country Briefing and Networking with US delegation – 5 February 2018
- Networking with Australia delegation – 5 February 2018
- Networking with Canada delegation – 5 February 2018
- AAIS HOST International Networking Lunch – 7 February 2018
- Over 100 pre-arranged B2B Meetings @ Singapore Airshow – 6 to 9 February 2018
- Suppliers’ Summit organised by UTC and EDB, supported by AAIS – 6 February 2018
- Digital Solutions for Aerospace Manufacturing and MRO seminar organised by AAIS and JTC – 7 February 2018
- Emerging Technologies and Business Seminar, organised by AAIS and GIFAS, supported by Experia – 8 February 2018
- Learning Journey to the Advanced Remanufacturing Technology Centre (ARTC) for SMEs – 9 February 2018
Aerospace Industry Induction Programme
- Over 1,000 students bussed down to the Airshow, supported by EDB – 8 February 2018
To find out more about exhibitors under the Singapore Pavilion @ Singapore Airshow 2018, please visit this link: https://aais.org.sg/event/airshow/
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- Aerospace Industry Induction Programme (AIIP) 2018 (8 February 2018)
The AIIP 2018 is the sixth edition organised by the AAIS and supported by the Economic Development Board. Some 1,000 students from secondary schools and Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) were invited to the Singapore Airshow on 8 February 2018.
The programme offered students an opportunity to appreciate the diverse aviation industry and Singapore’s position as the leading aviation hub in Asia. Students participated in various activities, discover aerospace education and career opportunities from exhibiting companies, experts sharing sessions and interactive workshops featured at the Singapore Airshow Aero Campus (SAAC).
Students were issued with a student pack that included the AeroCareer Guide 2018, AIIP Programme Booklet (with guided route) and corporate gifts from the Airshow. They got to explore the static aircraft display area and enjoy the ever-popular aerobatic flying display.
The AAIS would like to take this opportunity to thank all the industry volunteers for the invaluable time spent accompanying and interacting with the secondary school students, making sure that they were introduced to the various segments at the showground.
We look forward to the next edition of AIIP!
AIIP – Participating Schools:
Bendemeer Secondary School Northbrooks Secondary School Republic Polytechnic Changkat Changi Secondary School Ping Yi Secondary School Singapore Polytechnic Compassvale Secondary School Riverside Secondary School Temasek Polytechnic East View Secondary School St Gabriel’s Secondary School Nanyang Technological University Evergreen Secondary School Victoria School National University of Singapore Hillgrove Secondary School Nanyang Polytechnic Singapore Institute of Technology Hwa Chong Institution Ngee Ann Polytechnic Singapore University of Social Sciences
- Aerospace Networking Night (17 January 2018)
At the JTC Aerospace Networking Night on 17 January 2018, Minister (Trade & Industry) Mr S Iswaran officially launched the Aerospace Industry Transformation Map and kicked off the Association’s 15th year anniversary. The evening’s celebrations also marked the 10th year of Seletar Aerospace Park, since the start of its construction.
During the event, AAIS also represented the industry to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate with the five polytechnics, ITE and JTC on a new series of student outreach initiatives. These initiatives are expected to benefit some 1,500 students from the aerospace engineering courses annually. The first project will be the inaugural Aerospace Day @ SAP this April.
Speaking at the start of the occasion, Minister congratulated the Association on its 15th Anniversary, noting that “Over the past 15 years, AAIS has been active in the aerospace industry by organising student outreach events and by providing valuable inputs to government policies.” He added, “Industry associations like AAIS and Singapore Institute of Aerospace Engineers (…) play a critical role as the voice of the aerospace industry and I would like to urge all of you to continue actively engaging the Government and companies to drive the ITM initiatives and to raise awareness among your members of the benefits of the ITM programmes.”
Minister also toured the exhibition area, which showcased the AAIS journey in the past 15 years, as well as new and upcoming activities to facilitate industry members in preparing for the future. AAIS President, Mr Philip Quek, said, “Even as we celebrate our past achievements, we are resolute in supporting the continuing growth and transformation of the Singapore aerospace community. We will be working closely with JTC to help more members embark on the digital transformation journey. Together with industry partners, we will continue to further Singapore as the region’s aerospace hub.”
- Members-Only Aerospace ITM Preview (5 January 2018)
AAIS kicked-off the year with an exclusive members-only preview of the Aerospace Industry Transformation Map (ITM). Held at EDB’s offices on 5 January 2018, the event gathered senior representatives from some 50 member companies to understand the key thrusts of the ITM and give feedback on its implementation. The ITM was developed by government agencies with our collective inputs, and is aimed at renewing our industry’s competitiveness and growth for the long term. It is intended as an evolving plan providing directional guidance to both industry and government.
Three key areas were highlighted for the industry roadmap:
1) Pursuing Operational Excellence
– Adopting automation and industrial IoT
– Deepening of manufacturing engineering capabilities
2) Driving Innovation in Emerging Technologies
– Continued investment in developing public R&D infrastructure
– Developing industry-relevant technologies
– Providing regulatory support for new industry segments
3) Equipping Singapore with Relevant Skills
– Upskilling/Reskilling existing and displaced workers
– Working with lead demand to train industry workforce
– Preparing the future workforce
AAIS thanks all members for your valuable inputs and EDB for facilitating the dialogue. As the industry apex body, AAIS will be continuing with the programmes started last year and embarking on new initiatives as we facilitate ITM implementation by our members.
- HOST Networking @ PARKROYAL on Kitchener (7 December 2017)
The final session of the quarterly held AAIS HOST Networking events for 2017 was held on 7 December at the new Club 5 at Parkroyal Hotel on Kitchener Road. More than 50 senior professionals from the industry came together, to network and soak in some festive cheer.
Attendees were also a special acoustic guitar performance and sing-along by Mr Steven Crummack from Airbus Singapore. Glasses were clinked, stories shared and stronger business linkages made. The event culminated with the ever-popular Lucky Draw, with three participants winning staycation and dining vouchers at the Parkroyal Hotel.
AAIS is pleased to have organised this year-end get together for our members, partners and friends. We thank our guests for their support and attendance, as well as Parkroyal on Kitchener for their generous sponsorship and hospitality.
View more photos of the event here: http://www.aerophotoworks.com/p861196448
- Aviation Liability Forum (16 November 2017)
Together with knowledge partners from AIG, AAIS organised a forum on Aviation Liability Insurance to discuss risk management and liability protection in the Aerospace industry. The forum attracted some 30 aerospace professionals from the finance, legal, operations, quality and management departments across aerospace MRO, supplier, parts manufacturer and distributor companies.
Mr David Boyle, AIG’s Head of Aerospace in Asia Pacific, gave a comprehensive presentation on the risks associated with accidents and equipment failures, and potential exposures for companies along the value chain. Participants were also given examples of claims that can be brought against aviation companies and pointers on improving operational risks within their businesses.
AAIS thanks AIG and our members for a fruitful and engaging session.
- MRO Asia-Pacific Conference and Exhibition (31 Oct to 2 Nov 2017)
MRO Asia Pacific returned to Singapore from 31 October to 2 November 2017 at the Singapore Expo. The conference and exhibition brought in more than 5,000 registered industry professionals and drew representatives from 61 countries.
The Conference line-up featured close to 90 airline and industry speakers, covering a wide range of business and technology topics. AAIS Chief Executive Mr Sia Kheng Yok chaired the “MRO State of the Industry” panel session, with speakers Mr Ang Chye Kiat (EVP Aircraft Maintenance and Modification, ST Aerospace), Mr James Barrington (Group Director Airframe Services, HAECO) and Mr Sonny Stern (VP Sales and Customer Service, Delta TechOps). The session, which followed “10-year Market Analyses” presentations by Oliver Wyman and ICF International, was presented to a packed hall with some estimated 300 senior executives of the industry in presence.
AAIS also managed the Singapore pavilion at the MRO Exhibition, which grew from 21 participating companies in the previous year to 28 companies in 2017. The pavilion was a hit at the exhibition, enjoying a great location and good volume of foot traffic.
Singapore Pavilion Exhibitors at MRO 2017
- Aerospace Quality Supplier Pte. Ltd
- Airbus Group Singapore Pte Ltd
- Aircraft Support Industries (Singapore) Pte Ltd
- Ban Chu Leong Technologies Pte Ltd
- Bollore Logistics Singapore Pte Ltd
- BSB Aviation LLP
- Coway Engineering & Marketing Pte Ltd
- CW Aero Services Pte. Ltd
- Dymax Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd
- Dynaron Enterprises Pte. Ltd
- Esterline Sensors Services Asia Pte. Ltd
- Fischer Instrumentation (S) Pte Ltd
- Hawker Pacific Asia Pte Ltd
- Hydro Systems Singapore LLP
- IXTEQ Singapore Pte Ltd
- JCS-Vanetec Pte Ltd
- Magellan Aviation Singapore Pte Ltd
- Matrix Technlogical Services Pte Ltd
- NDT Instruments Pte Ltd
- Ontic Engineering and Manufacturing Asia-Pac Pte Ltd
- Orapi Applied (S) Pte Ltd
- Pattonair Asia Pte Ltd
- Regent Aerospace Singapore Pte Ltd
- Rhinestahl Singapore Pte Ltd
- Singapore Aero Engine Services Pte Ltd
- Transfingo Pte Ltd
- Vector Aerospace Asia Pte Ltd
- H. Brennan & Company Pte Ltd
View photos from the event here: http://www.aerophotoworks.com/p96655746
Watch highlights from Day 1 of the exhibition here: https://www.facebook.com/aero.sg/videos/1708731295804252/
The Singapore Pavilion was
- Members’ Exclusive Dialogue with EASA Executive Director (12 October 2017)
AAIS organised an informal dialogue with Mr Patrick KY, Executive Director of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for its members. Held on 12 October 2017, the event saw the participation of representatives from 30 EASA-certified companies in Singapore.
Facilitated by AAIS, the dialogue also included Mr Luigi PRETI, EASA Continuing Airworthiness (Maintenance) Organisation Team Leader and Mr Frank Manuhutu, EASA Representative for Singapore and Southeast Asia. Participants touched on a wide range of topics including EASA’s role in the region, its cooperation with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, the impact of Brexit, and how regulation can support industry innovation.
The dialogue was held a day after the official opening of EASA’s regional office in Singapore. Singapore is home to EASA’s fourth regional office after Washington, Montreal and Beijing.
AAIS was delighted to provide this engagement platform for our members and EASA. Our deepest appreciation to Mr Patrick Ky, the EASA team, and members for taking the time to join us at this session.
- HOST Networking @ PARKROYAL on Beach Road (12 October 2017)
AAIS held its third HOST Networking event for the year in the Sky Ballroom at PARKROYAL on Beach Road on Thursday, 12 October 2017. More than 60 senior executives and professionals from the aerospace industry attended the event to meet new friends, partake in idea exchanges and network in a casual and informal setting.
AAIS Chief Executive, Mr Sia Kheng Yok opened the networking session with some brief remarks, before handing over to Mr Craig Syphers, General Manager of PARKROYAL on Beach Road. The hotel provided an overview of its facilities and services, and brought interested guests on a short tour around the hotel’s premises.
For the evening, guests were treated to a sumptuous spread of international dishes and desserts, such as foie gras, sushi, sausages and champagne meringue nitrogen. The highlight of the event was the lucky draw, which saw three lucky members walking away with dining and hotel stay vouchers, sponsored by PARKROYAL on Beach Road.
AAIS would like to especially thank our members for their attendance and support as well as the team at PARKROYAL on Beach Road for their hospitality and generosity, in making this HOST Networking event a successful one! View photos of the event at our new photo gallery.
- Study Mission to Selangor (9-10 October 2017)
Together with five Singapore companies and representatives from JTC and EDB, AAIS mounted a business mission to Selangor in Malaysia. Facilitated by Invest Selangor, the visit programme included a business roundtable with representatives from UMW Land Sdn Bhd, Malaysian Airport Holdings Bhd and the National Aerospace Industry Coordinating Office, amongst others. Participants gained information about the progress of aerospace developments in the Subang area and sought opportunities for business and partnerships through the networking sessions. Participants also visited the Strand Aerospace facility and the SR Technics MRO workshop.
AAIS is pleased to have been able to facilitate this visit. Our deepest appreciation to Invest Selangor, Malaysia Aerospace Industry Association and Malaysian Airport Holding for their warm hospitality.
- 15th Annual General Meeting (26 September 2017)
The 15th Annual General Meeting of the Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore) was held on Tuesday, 26 September 2017, at the Singapore Aviation Academy. The meeting was attended by representatives from over 40 corporate members and presided over by key office bearers of the 10th Management Committee, chaired by AAIS President Mr Philip Quek.
The AGM also saw the election of the 11th Management Committee, which will be serving from September 2017 to September 2019. Members present also endorsed the FY2015/16 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.
AAIS would like to thank our food and beverage sponsors, Rocky Master coffee and Hilton Singapore for their forthcoming and generous support. We also express our deep appreciation to the Singapore Aviation Academy for accommodating the event and for taking the time to show AAIS members around the extensive training facilities.
Visit our new photo gallery to view photos from the event.
- Visit of Irish Deputy Prime Minister to Seletar Aerospace Park (25 September 2017)
AAIS was delighted to receive Deputy Prime Minister (An Tánaiste) and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation of the Republic of Ireland, Mrs Frances Fitzgerald TD, at the Seletar Aerospace Park on 25 September 2017. The visit was made as part of a high-level trade and investment mission by the Irish delegation to Singapore. The Tánaiste was joined by the Ambassador of Ireland to Singapore HE Geoffrey Keating, Secretary General of the Department of Business Enterprise & Innovation Dr Orlaigh Quinn, Enterprise Ireland CEO Julie Sinnamon and IDA Ireland’s Head of Growth Markets Eileen Sharpe.
As part of the visit programme, Mrs Fitzgerald chaired an Aerospace and Aviation sector roundtable between Singapore and Irish companies, hosted by AAIS Vice President Jeffrey Lam. Irish companies with a presence in Singapore including Eirtech, CAE and Aero Inspection, were some of the organisations that participated, alongside representatives from the AAIS membership. Speaking at the roundtable, the DPM said, “Trade missions such as this are vital to raise awareness of what Ireland can offer, both as a potential location for companies from the Asia-Pacific region and as a source of high-quality, innovative products and services. Following the UK’s decision to leave the EU, I am working closely with the agencies in my Department who have intensified their efforts on increasing the export market penetration and diversification of Irish companies into alternative markets.”
It was an engaging session learning from the experience of companies tapping the Asian market, with Singapore as their base. AAIS would like to thank all participants for their inputs and active interaction, as well as officials from Enterprise Ireland and the Embassy of Ireland in Singapore for reaching out to AAIS and co-organising the programme.
- Aviation Open House 2017 (24 to 26 August 2017)
The Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore) was invited by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) to participate in the Aviation Open House (AOH) 2017, which marked the fifth time that AAIS has been involved in this event. The theme for AOH 2017 was “Be the Future of Aviation” and was held from 24 to 26 August 2017 at the Suntec City Convention Centre. Minister for Education (Schools) and Second Minister for Transport Ng Chee Meng launched the event.
There were two initiatives launched that included the new Higher NITEC in Airport Operations and a renewed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with The Singapore Scout Association (SSA), as part of CAAS’ ongoing efforts to drive manpower development in the aviation sector.
This biennial event brings the aviation community together to showcase career and education opportunities in the dynamic aviation industry. Highlights of the event included the Central Showcase (which featured the Smart Digital Tower), an aviation recruitment fair with more than 700 job vacancies (held in partnership with the Employment and Employability Institute), Career and Education Talks by aviation companies, and interactive workshops that were conducted by STEM Inc and The Singapore Scouts Association.
The event saw the participation of more than 40 aviation-related organisations and Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs), as well as companies from the aerospace, airline, airport, air navigation services sectors.
AAIS used this outreach opportunity to distribute its AeroSpace Singapore magazine, which contains relevant information on trends and the latest developments of the aerospace industry, as well as encouraged students to take part in an online quiz to test their understanding of the Singapore industry.
The AAIS is honoured to be a part of AOH 2017 with contribution towards the future of Singapore Aviation Industry!
- Aerospace Tax & Finance Community Forum: Transfer Pricing & OME (25 August 2017)
Together with knowledge partners Ernst & Young, AAIS organised a forum on Transfer Pricing and Operating Model Effectiveness for the aerospace tax & finance community on 25 August 2017. The forum was organised against the backdrop of closer scrutiny into transfer pricing policies by international authorities, as well as revisions to the Singapore Transfer Pricing Guidelines by IRAS in the past year.
Mr Edvard Rink, a partner in EY’s OME practice, discussed how companies can respond new business models and the changed tax environment, in relation to heightened PE risks and new ways of value creation in Asia-Pacific. This was followed by updates on Singapore and the region, pertaining to country-by-country reporting (CbCR), secondary mechanism and submission requirements in the Asia-Pacific region by EY transfer pricing expert Mr Jonathan Belec. Ms Anju Singh then covered key aspects of identifying the appropriate application of transfer pricing practices and development of transfer pricing risk management strategies from both tax and operational perspectives.
It was a fruitful and engaging session for the participants. AAIS thanks Ernst & Young for being generous with their time and sharing knowledge with the aerospace community.
- AAIS and Siemens Sign Memorandum of Cooperation to Facilitate Digital Transformation (21 August 2017)
AAIS and Siemens signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) on 21 August 2017 to promote innovation and drive digital transformation of the aerospace industry in Singapore.
While industry players, including manufacturers, are keen to ride the opportunities arising from growing demand for air travel, cost remains a factor in uncertain business environment and economic times. Globalisation has also led to fiercer competition as well as ever-changing industrial landscape, creating the need to expect quick return on investments. Hence, companies have to assess their current business strategy and implement solutions that would enable them to stay ahead of the competition locally and globally.
Under the MOC, AAIS and Siemens will jointly organise a range of activities to educate AAIS members on the topic of digitalisation, encourage the implementation of new technologies and equip them with the knowledge to do so. Through seminars, authored articles, site visits and workshops, Siemens will offer its technical expertise to the participants and provide real-life demonstrations via its products and services.
The MOC was signed by Mr Allan Ferrie, Vice President of AAIS, and Mr Raimund Klein, Executive Vice President for Siemens ASEAN, Digital Factory and Process Industries and Drives.
- AeroPartners Golf Tournament Singapore 2017 (18 August 2017)
AAIS was proud to be a co-organiser of the AeroPartners Golf Tournament (APGT) Singapore 2017, which was held on 18 August. A premier event that has been re-introduced to our calendar, the APGT brings together the aerospace community for a day of sportsmanship, networking and philantrophy. This year, the APGT committee was chaired by Mr Jeffrey Lee, supported by Mr Todd Keeler, Mr Tin Ho, Mr Jeffrey LaBranche and Mr Freddie Lee.
The afternoon began with registration and lunch, before a fantastic round of golf began in a shot-gun tournament format. In between swings on the golf course, participants enjoyed breaks with freshly grilled “Ramli Burgers” and drinks at the signature “Tequila Hole”. Participants rounded off the day with cocktails and dinner, along with great entertainment Daphne & the Tantalizers. There was also an art auction and an exciting Raffle draw with many prizes given away.
The event raised over $40,000 for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore. AAIS was proud to have been part of the tournament. We thank the participants, sponsors, donors and everyone involved for their generosity and support!
Enjoy more photos of the event at this link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/InTf2kMiASuJqMRy2
- SAQG Engagement Session with EASA Singapore Rep (17 August 2017)
The Singapore Aerospace Quality Group (SAQG) organised an engagement session for the aerospace quality community with the incoming EASA International Officer in Singapore, Mr Luigi G.M. Preti.
The event, which was held on 17 August 2017, attracted over 50 quality managers from more than 35 aerospace organisations. EASA, or the European Aviation Safety Agency, will be establishing a larger footprint in the region with the opening of an office in Singapore in October 2017.
During the engagement session, participants broke up into groups to discuss requirements in the EASA User Guide. They took the opportunity to clarify with Mr Preti on regulatory compliance matters, operations, business cost, manpower and sustainability.
AAIS and SAQG extend our deepest appreciation to Mr Preti and EASA for their support.
- HOST Networking @ Hilton Singapore (26 July 2017)
The second AAIS HOST Networking Session for 2017 was held on 26 July at Il Cielo, Hilton Singapore. More than 60 senior executives and professionals from the industry were in attendance, including representatives from the American and Canadian embassies.
The evening kicked off with welcome remarks from AAIS Chief Executive Sia Kheng Yok and Mr Chua Sheng En of Hilton Singapore. Guests enjoyed the relaxed ambience by the rooftop poolside, while some opted for a short tour of the hotel’s newly renovated facilities. Many new connections were made over drinks and against the backdrop of a citysunset view and night scape.
The evening ended on a high, with two lucky guests walking away with dining vouchers during the Lucky Draw, with prizes sponsored by the Hilton Singapore.
- AAIS Annual Bowling Tournament 2017 (15 July 2017)
Into its 13th edition, AAIS held its annual bowling tournament at Orchid Country Club. The tournament attracted a total of 25 teams from across the aerospace industry.
It was a lively and spirited atmosphere, with teams vying for the coveted championship trophy whilst striking chances at winning novelty prizes.
AAIS thanks all participating teams and once again, congratulates the winners. We also thank AAIS Management Committee member, Mr Ekkehard Pracht for presenting the trophies. We look forward to an even more exciting tournament in 2018!
Here are the results:
Prize Winners Category Company Name Team Name Score Team Champion SIA Engineering Company SIAEC 1 2090 1st Runner-Up SIA Engineering Company SIAEC 2 2071 2nd Runner-Up ST Aerospace ST Aero 3 2046 Category Company Name (Team Name) Name Score Best Male Individual SIA Engineering Company (SIAEC 2) P Samugam 657 Best Female Individual ST Aerospace (ST Aero 1) Metta Koh 507 Highest Game Score Prize Gender Company Team Name Name Game Score Pot Male SIA Engineering Company SIAEC 2 P Samugam 237 $200
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- AAIS Pursues Collaboration with French Aerospace Industries Association (21 June 2017)
In the spirit of promoting innovation and closer cooperation between French and Singapore aerospace companies, AAIS and the Groupement des Industries Françaises Aéronautiques et Spatiales (GIFAS) were pleased to conclude a Memorandum of Collaboration (MOC) on 21 June 2017.
The signing ceremony took place at the Paris Airshow, which was held at Le Bourget Parc des Expositions from 19 to 25 June 2017. AAIS was represented by Chief Executive Mr Sia Kheng Yok and GIFAS by Managing Director Mr Pierre Bourlot. The signing was witnessed by the GIFAS management and secretariat as well as the Singapore delegation, which included representatives from EDB, JTC, the Singapore Embassy in Paris and industry members.
France and Singapore have prioritised the strengthening of their respective innovation ecosystems, including programmes to promote research and development (R&D), as well as support entrepreneurship in innovative sectors. This is reflected in the national strategies of the two countries. To promote closer cooperation between Singapore and France in innovation industries, French President Francois Hollande and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong declared 2018 as the France-Singapore Year of Innovation on 27 March 2017.
In support of this, AAIS and GIFAS agreed to develop cooperation activities between the two organisations to strengthen bilateral relations between Singaporean and French aerospace ecosystems and support the advancement of bilateral cooperation on innovation.
This is the fifth MOC entered into by AAIS and the third in 2017, following collaborative agreements signed with the New South Wales Department of Industry and the Aviation Valley Cluster in Poland. The MOC will last for an initial period of three years.
- Rolls-Royce SME Supplier Briefing (13 June 2017)
With the support of SPRING and Rolls-Royce Singapore, AAIS jointly organised a Rolls-Royce Supplier Conference for SMEs on 13 June 2017. The event saw the attendance of more than 40 participants from 25 SMEs in the aerospace industry.
Rolls-Royce Singapore assembles and tests Trent aero engines at its Seletar Campus, including the Trent 900 engine for the Airbus A380 and the Trent 1000 engine for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Singapore is also the only place outside the UK where Rolls-Royce manufactures its patented hollow, titanium wide-chord fan blade.
The supplier conference sought to help local enterprises learn more about the internal competencies and capabilities that are required of an aerospace supplier, to help companies align business directions and development. Mr Teo Wee Kin, Chief of Manufacturing Technology for Rolls-Royce Singapore, shared his views on upcoming technology trends, OEM technological requirements and opportunities for local suppliers. Participants also engaged in a frank and fruitful discussion on some of the challenges as well as success stories from aerospace SME suppliers.
AAIS looks forward to continue collaborating with SPRING Singapore, OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers in enhancing capabilities of aerospace SMEs and facilitating the development of a robust industry ecosystem.
- IMDEX Asia 2017 (16-18 May 2017)
In partnership with Experia Events, AAIS facilitated the Singapore Pavilion at this year’s International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (IMDEX Asia) held from 16 – 18 May at Singapore’s Changi Exhibition Centre. The Singapore Pavilion consisted of 11 local organisations exhibiting their latest products, technological offerings and services. AAIS was also present with a booth located within the pavilion.
In its eleventh edition, the biennial IMDEX Asia is the premier international maritime defence show in Asia Pacific and beyond. Comprising an exhibition, strategic conferences and a warships display, IMDEX Asia has gained recognition as the global platform to address pressing issues within the naval and maritime security industry, with a showcase the latest naval technologies and connect key players from navies, governments and industry. The 2017 edition was held in conjunction with the Republic of Singapore Navy’s 50th anniversary and Singapore’s first-ever International Maritime Review.
- Workshop on Additive Manufacturing Process Chains for New Parts and Repair (18 May 2017)
In collaboration with SIMTech and Fraunhofer (IWS) Institute for Materials and Beam Technology, AAIS jointly organised a workshop on additive manufacturing process chains for aerospace on 18 May 2017.
Interest in Additive Manufacturing (AM) has been growing among Singapore aerospace companies in line with the increasing adoption by aircraft manufacturers and OEMs in recent years. 3D printed parts have been integrated into engines, interiors and more recently, in flight control mechanisms of new generation aircraft. Unlike conventional production, AM makes it possible to replace the classic case of “design for manufacturing” with “design for function“. With this and other advantages it offers, the application of AM is anticipated to broaden within the aerospace industry – from rapid prototyping to being an integral part of digital manufacturing.
Participants of the workshop first heard from Dr Wei Jun of SIMTech on the institute’s AM technologies. Prof Christoph Leyens, director of the Fraunhofer IWS Dresden then followed with a presentation on Process Chains for New Parts and Repair. Interested companies also had the opportunity to have one-to-one discussion slots with the speakers after the workshop.
AAIS is pleased to have organised this event with SIMTech and the Fraunhofer Institute. We will continue to encourage and facilitate the industry in adopting new technologies towards building a sustainable aerospace community for the future.
- Visit by CASC and CAQ at Seletar (12 May 2017)
AAIS was pleased to welcome a delegation from the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) and the China Association for Quality (CAQ) to the Seletar Aerospace Park on 12 May 2017.
A large state-owned enterprise, CASC is mainly engaged in the research, design, manufacture and launch of space systems including satellites, manned spaceships as well as strategic and tactical missiles. The group, which visited SAP as part of their learning journey, were keen to learn best practices and benchmarking opportunities on quality management practices and experiences in the Aerospace industry.
During the meeting, the delegation shared that CASC was constructing a new aerospace industrial system to accelerate the development of its businesses, covering space systems, defense systems, aerospace technology applications, and aerospace services. The organization was keen to explore potential investment opportunities outside of China.
The delegation also met with representatives from the Singapore Aerospace Quality Group, where they discussed matters pertaining to Aerospace Standards and international quality certifications. AAIS is pleased to have been able to facilitate the visit and look forward to such exchanges in future.
- Dialogue with EDB on Aerospace ITM (10 April 2017)
Together with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), AAIS organised a forum on the Industry Transformation Map for Aerospace on 10 April 2017. The event saw the participation of more than 70 C-Suite leaders of aerospace OEMs, large suppliers, support services and solution providers.
The event was conceived as a platform for members of the industry to provide valuable ideas for incorporation into the ITM. EDB’s director for Transport Engineering, Mr Tan Kong Hwee, addressed the forum and attended the discussions throughout the morning. Attendees broke into groups for discussions on competitiveness, business and technology trends and the industry ecosystem. They were facilitated by members of the AAIS Panel of Experts, Management Committee and industry veterans.
Work on the Aerospace ITM began late last year with EDB leading the efforts with support from other government agencies. Consultations with industry have started since 2015 with various relevant workstreams, and especially for the development of the Singapore SkillsFuture Framework for Aerospace and productivity initiatives.
AAIS was pleased to have been able to facilitate this dialogue for the industry’s voice to be heard. We thank our focus group Facilitators, members and guests, as well as the EDB Aerospace team for generously giving time for the discussions.
The Aerospace ITM is expected to be rolled out in late 2017. Inputs from this session will be consolidated for EDB.
- NAMIC Aerospace Summit (6 April 2017)
AAIS was proud to be an organising partner for the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC) Aerospace Summit held on 6 April 2017 at the Singapore Expo. Mr Ricardo Pesce, in his capacity as AAIS MC member and Managing Director of Embraer Asia Pacific, delivered the opening address as the event’s Guest-of-Honour.
NAMIC was launched in September 2015 by Min (MTI) S Iswaran, to support Singapore’s 3D printing infrastructure and increase Singapore’s adoption of additive manufacturing technologies. Its main mandate is to nurture promising Additive Manufacturing technologies and start-ups, as well as accelerate translation R&D with a focus on commercial applications.
The Aerospace Summit was organised as part of its outreach to the aerospace industry, which has been identified as one of its target sectors. The event was very well-received with over 200 attendees reported by NAMIC. It received wide coverage by media outlets including Channel NewsAsia and Channel 8, with Mr Pesce and Mr Sia Kheng Yok both quoted in a report by CNA. AAIS will continue to support and encourage the adoption of emerging technologies by the industry.
- AAIS Annual Futsal Tournament (18 March 2017)
The AAIS Annual Futsal Tournament for the year was held on Saturday, 18 March at the Premier Pitch, Turf City.
With the participation of 20 teams from 14 organisations, the annual event saw top-notch futsal action from teams representing companies including SATAIR, Rolls Royce, Zodiac Aerospace and many more. It was a spirited atmosphere where great sportsmanship bonds were formed and aerospace professionals connected through the love of the game.
The hard-fought matches saw SAESL emerge victorious as team champions, with team SIA Engineering Company and Goodrich Aerospace obtaining 1st runner up and 2nd runner up positions respectively. Most Valuable Player (MVP) was awarded to Mr Abdul Raqib Bin Abdul Razak from SAESL for his outstanding skills on the pitch.
AAIS thanks all participating teams and once again, congratulates the winners. We also thank AAIS 2nd Vice President, Mr Allan Ferrie, for his presence and for presenting the trophies. We look forward to an even more exciting tournament in 2018!
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- Signing of Cooperation Agreement with Aviation Valley Cluster, Poland (3 March 2017)
The Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore) (AAIS) and the Aviation Valley Association of Poland recently signed a Memorandum of Cooperation, signalling their intent to promote and facilitate more business activities and collaboration between aerospace companies in both countries.
The Memorandum was signed by Mr Allan Ferrie, 2nd Vice President for AAIS and Assembly and Test Director at Rolls Royce Singapore; and Mr Marek Bujny, Vice-President for the Aviation Valley Cluster and CEO of Ultratech. The signing ceremony was held in conjunction with the visit of the Aviation Valley cluster delegation to Seletar Aerospace Park on 3 March 2017.
The agreement covers cooperation in key areas including information exchanges on aerospace businesses and capabilities in Singapore and Poland, facilitation of industry study visits and business connections, as well as mutual invitations to industry events. It is hoped that the MOC would facilitate AAIS members such ACP Metal Finishing, which has plans to expand its business into Poland.
During the meeting, both parties affirmed their desire and commitment to explore potential business opportunities and collaborative activities. The MOC signing was witnessed by JTC Deputy Director for Aerospace, Mr Edwin Ho and the Polish Embassy Deputy Head of Mission, Mr Jan Wojick, and other members present.
President Tony Tan will be making a State Visit to Poland from 22 to 26 May 2017. Aerospace companies interested to join the visit as part of a business delegation are welcomed to contact the AAIS Secretariat.
- The Singapore Aerospace Industry Further Strengthens Business Linkages and Cooperation in Australia (28 February 2017)
The Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore) (AAIS) and the New South Wales (NSW) Department of Industry – Economic, Skills & Regional Development today signed a Memorandum of Cooperation, signaling their intent to promote and facilitate more business activities and collaboration between aerospace companies in both territories.
The Memorandum was signed by Mr Sia Kheng Yok, AAIS Chief Executive and Mr Duncan Challen, Executive Director for Industry Development at the NSW Department of Industry. This MOC signing is one of the significant outcomes of the Business Mission to Australia organised by AAIS, in conjunction with the Australia Airshow – Avalon 2017, being held in Geelong from 28 February to 5 March. JTC Group Director Leow Thiam Seng and the Singapore aerospace business delegation were present to witness the signing.
The agreement covers cooperation in key areas including information exchanges on aerospace businesses and capabilities in Singapore and NSW, facilitation of industry study visits and business missions, as well as mutual invitations to industry events. The parties also agreed to share best practices on human resource capacity building.
Mr Sia said, “We are very happy to deepen our business relations with Australia. New South Wales has exciting plans for the New Western Sydney airport, including the creation of a supporting aerospace and defence precinct surrounding it. We hope, through this MOC, we will create awareness and inspire businesses in Australia and Singapore to explore the many opportunities for collaboration, growth and expansion.”
This is the third MOC entered into by AAIS, following collaborative agreements signed with Aviation/Aerospace Australia the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada. The MOC will last for an initial period of five years.
- GST Updates for the Aerospace Finance/Tax Community (27 February 2017)
Together with guest speakers from Ernst & Young, AAIS organised the second forum for the Aerospace Finance and Tax Community on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on 27 February. The event attracted professionals from the finance, accounts and tax departments keen to get the latest on GST revisions.
GST specialists from Ernst & Young, Mr Yeo Kai Eng and Ms Chew Boon Choo, shared their expertise on key changes to IRAS e-Tax guides and covered revisions to industry specific GST guidelines relating to aircraft/MRO and qualifying criteria. They also gave tips to ensure compliance, reduce GST risks and avoid attracting hefty penalties. Participants were also introduced to IRAS’ Assisted Self-Help Kit (ASK) Annual Review and Assisted Compliance Assurance Programme (ACAP).
AAIS is pleased to have facilitated this forum and once again thanks the team from Ernst & Young for generously sharing their time and expertise with industry members. We look forward to facilitate more of such community-driven events.
- HOST Networking @ the Terminal Cafe Lounge (23 February 2017)
The first AAIS HOST Networking Session for 2017 was held on 23rd February at the Terminal Café Lounge. The event attracted over 40 senior executives and professionals from the industry. Located within Airbus Asia Training Centre, the Terminal Café Lounge is one of several new F&B additions to Seletar, serving specialty cuisine inspired by the flavours of Italy.
The evening kicked off with welcome remarks from AAIS Chief Executive Sia Kheng Yok and General Manager of Airbus Asia Training Centre Captain Yann Lardet. The setting sun casted a golden glow on the café, creating a cosy ambience. Guests also got to embark on a special preview tour of the AATC training facilities and simulators before returning to the Lantern to sample delightful morsels and cocktails with an Italian twist.
The evening ended on an even brighter note, with ten lucky guests walking away with dining vouchers during the Lucky Draw, with prizes generously sponsored by the Terminal Café Lounge.
AAIS extends our deep appreciation to Airbus Asia Training Centre, the Terminal Café Lounge for their hospitality and Workforce SG for support of the event.
- Visit by the Singapore-Russia Business Council (22 February 2017)
AAIS was pleased to welcome Deputy Chairman of the Singapore-Russia Business Council (RSBC), Dr Sergey Pronin, to the Seletar Aerospace Park on 22 February 2017. He was accompanied by officials from the Russian Federation in the Republic of Singapore, including Trade Representative, Mr Alexey Dakhnovskiy and Counsellor, Mr Maxim Ovcharov, as well as Mr Kirill Solntsev, from the RSTradehaus. The group was welcomed by AAIS Honorary Secretary Ms Lim Hee Joo and AAIS Honorary Treasurer Mr Chow Kok Wah, along with Mr Richard Gibbons of Aircraft Support Industries.
The visit by the RSBC representatives to SAP was part of a larger business mission to Singapore, India and Malaysia arranged by RSBC for Russian aviation companies. These included aerospace equipment manufacturers, technology solution providers and companies offering airport support services, among others. During the visit, the parties discussed the state of the aerospace industries in Asia Pacific and Europe and exchanged best practices on promoting the development of the aerospace industry. Dr Pronin also took the opportunity to demonstrate the RSTrade platform – a portal recently developed by RSTradehouse, a subsidiary of RSBC – which provides information about goods and services supplied by Russian companies. The multi-language platform is intended to promote Russian industrial goods and non-raw materials for civil use in Southeast Asia, India and Australia. To explore, visit www.rstradehouse.com and select the English option at the top right hand corner.
- Aerospace Community Day (19 January 2017)
In the spirit of the Lunar New Year, AAIS once again had the honour of hosting 95 senior citizens from four elderly homes to a festive luncheon, as part of its corporate social responsibility efforts. This was the second time AAIS had organised this event, following the positive feedback and impact of the first. Beneficiaries from the Bright Hill Evergreen Home, Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home, St John’s Home for the Elders and Thongteck Home were treated to a sumptuous Chinese lunch spread and a short performance put together by the AAIS staff. The elders also got into action, singing popular tunes of the yesteryears.
The event concluded with the distribution of Mandarin Oranges and Ang Baos to the beneficiaries by AAIS staff and volunteers from the aerospace community, bringing a warm smile to the faces of the senior citizens in attendance. AAIS would like to thank the following companies and individuals for their invaluable time and support of this event:
- Asta Training International Pte Ltd
- Coway Engineering & Marketing Pte Ltd
- Parker Aerospace Pacific Asia Customer Support
- Rolls-Royce Singapore Pte Ltd
- Safran Electronics & Defense Services Asia Pte Ltd
- The Green Airliner Singapore Pte Ltd
- Tri-Wing Aviation Resources Pte Ltd
- Vector Aerospace Asia Pte Ltd
- Wencor LLC
- Mr Eddy Eyo – W.H. Brennan & Co Pte Ltd
AAIS would also like to thank Yan Palace Restaurant and the elderly care assistants from the beneficiaries for their assistance in the smooth running of the event. The Association looks forward to organising more of such events with continued support from the community.
- Visit of Officials from New South Wales, Australia (16 January 2017)
AAIS was pleased to host a delegation of Australian officials at the Seletar Aerospace Park (SAP) on 16 January 2017. The New South Wales Government’s Department of Industry delegation was led by Mr Duncan Challen, Executive Director of Industry Development and accompanied by officials from the Austrade Singapore. They were received by AAIS Chief Executive Sia Kheng Yok.
The New South Wales Government had in recent years committed to the development of a new Western Sydney Airport. The airport is expected to be a major catalyst for jobs and economic growth in Western Sydney, injecting more than AU$1.9 billion into the economy during the construction phase alone. It is expected to deliver 9,000 new jobs to Western Sydney by the early 2030s, and 60,000 in the long-term. As part of this development, areas around the airport will also be activated for economic development, with plans for an aerospace and defence precinct.
During their visit, the delegation sought to gain insights into Singapore’s development of SAP and the investment attraction of international tenants. Both parties also discussed possible areas of collaboration and agreed to look into establishing a sustained partnership at the meeting.
- Aerospace Outreach Event with SPETA (11 January 2017)
Together with SPETA (Singapore Precision Engineering and Technology Association), AAIS conducted a sharing session on Aerospace, focusing on requirements for entry into the sector. The event was well attended with more than 70 participants from both the AAIS and SPETAmemberships. Agencies such as SPRING Singapore and SIMTech were also present to support and encourage companies keen on venturing into the sector.
Precision Engineering (PE) in Singapore is recognised as the backbone of key industries for the economy such as aerospace, oil and gas, medical devices and electronics. The slow down in the oil & gas and marine sectors, coupled with growth in aviation and aerospace, has fuelled interest in local PE companies to diversify into Aerospace.
The event kicked off with welcome remarks from SPETA Executive Director, which was followed by an overview of Singapore’s aerospace industry presented by AAIS Chief Executive Sia Kheng Yok. AAIS Panel of Expert members Mr Tin Ho and Mr Mike Daniels, then shared their valuable insights on the topics “What it takes to be an Aerospace supplier” and “Aerospace quality and regulatory requirements” respectively. Participants also got to hear from Mr. Soh Chee Siong, Managing Director of AAIS member JEP Precision Engineering, who shared his first-hand experience of transforming the company with new technologies including digitisation and robotics. The afternoon was rounded off with networking between participants from the aerospace and PE industries.
AAIS is pleased to have co-organised this knowledge–sharing session with SPETA. We welcome more of such collaborations. Companies interested to know more about requirements for entry into the industry can contact AAIS at email@example.com
- HOST Networking @ Village Hotel Changi (8 December 2016)
The final session of the quarterly-held AAIS HOST Networking events for 2016 was held on 8 December at the new Infinity Room of Village Hotel Changi. Close to 50 senior professionals from the industry came together, to network and soak in some festive cheer.
The event was made more meaningful with the presence of the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore, which set up a booth of their merchandise, greeting cards and handicrafts made by Cerebral Palsy patients. Our members and partners took the opportunity to purchase gifts for loved ones on their lists, while giving to a good cause.
Attendees were also treated to a special surprise – an acoustic guitar performance and sing-along by Mr Steven Crummack from Testia Asia Pacific. Spreading the festive cheer, Village Hotel Changi broke out the bubbly, with a special cocktail aptly named Village Chandon made especially for the guests. To top off the eventful session, a Lucky Draw was held, with three participants winning staycation vouchers at the Village Group hotels.
AAIS is pleased to have organised this year-end get together for our members, partners and friends. We thank our guests for their support and attendance, as well as CPAS for making time for the event. Our deepest appreciation also goes to the Village Hotel Changi for their generous sponsorship and hospitality. For enquiries on event spaces and corporate bookings, contact Max Low at 6551 2178 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
- Visit of Officials from Chongqing, China (29 November 2016)
AAIS received a delegation of officials from Chongqing, China, at the Seletar Aerospace Park (SAP) Visitor Centre on 29 November 2016. The 29-member delegation was organised by the PRC Embassy in Singapore and led by Mr Zheng Chao, Economic and Commercial Counsellor and Mr Han Baochang, Director of the China-Singapore (Chongqing) Strategic Interconnection Demonstration Project Management Bureau. The delegation was received by AAIS Honorary Treasurer Mr Chow Kok Wah (Air Transport Training College), Asst Honorary Secretary Ms Lim Hee Joo (Wah Son Engineering), Management Committee member Mr Philip Sung (Esterline Sensors Asia), and Chief Executive Mr Sia Kheng Yok.
The officials were in Singapore as part of a study visit of various industries including aviation, transport and finance. This was in relation to the Chongqing Connectivity Initiative (CCI), which was launched last November when President Xi Jinping visited Singapore. The CCI is the third Sino-Singapore Government-to-Government project after the Suzhou Industrial Park in 1994 and the Tianjin Eco-city in 2008. It focuses on developing four areas in the city: i) financial services, ii) aviation, iii)transport and logistics, and iv)information and communication technology.
During their visit to Seletar, the delegation was keen to learn about the structure of the aviation and aerospace industries in Singapore – particularly aspects of training and airport management. They were also interested to understand the advantages of having and being in the SAP and the infrastructure necessary to support and develop the industry. The group was also was also given a short tour of the SAP grounds.
The Joint Implementation Committee Meeting for the CCI is chaired by Mr Chan Chun Sing, Minister, Prime Minister’s Office. On the aviation front, Changi Airports International and Chongqing Airport Group are working on an agreement to set up a joint venture to manage the retail operations of the new Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport.
- SAQG Workshop Series: Understanding the changes to AS 91XX:2016 (25 November 2016)
The Singapore Aerospace Quality Group (SAQG), which was recently formalised under the AAIS, launched its workshop series on 25 November 2016. The inaugural workshop received overwhelming support from the community of aerospace quality professionals with the attendance of over 70 participants.
AAIS Chief Executive Mr Sia Kheng Yok welcomed participants and introduced SAQG Chair Mr Jimson Ngiam (Thales Solutions Asia). Mr Ngiam informed the quality community about the objectives and structure of the SAQG, as well as some of the activities the group has lined up for 2017. SAQG Deputy Chair Mr Jeffrey Ho (Rolls-Royce Singapore) then shared on the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) and explained some of the working groups and areas of standards under development.
Mr David Tan from Pratt & Whitney delivered the main presentation on changes to the AS91XX:2016 standards and transition deadlines. A note-worthy point shared was that all audit visits after the 1st June 2017 would have to be conducted in accordance with the revised AS91XX:2016 standards. The SAQG urged quality managers to prepare for the change and adapt their management system to meet the new requirements and transition timelines.
Following a fruitful networking tea break, Mr Ricky Au (Liebherr-Singapore) shared with participants on a new initiative that the IAQG was looking into – developing standards for end-of-life aircraft management.
AAIS is very pleased to have facilitated the event, and thanks our venue sponsor JTC, and event sponsor Thales Solutions Asia, for supporting the event. The next SAQG workshop is scheduled to run on 20 January 2017. For any queries on the SAQG, please contact AAIS SAQG Secretariat Ms Jen Ng at email@example.com
- JEC Asia 2016 (15 to 17 November 2016)
Building on the momentum of last year’s JEC Asia International Composites Event, the three-day conference and exhibition was back for its ninth consecutive year at Singapore’s Suntec Center, from November 15 to 17, 2016. This year, industries represented include automotive and transportation, construction and building, oil and gas, wind energy and of course, aerospace.
AAIS took part in the JEC exhibition under the Singapore pavilion, with three other Singapore composites companies: Alstern Technologies Singapore Pte Ltd, Italmatic (Singapore) Pte Ltd, and Plasmatreat Asia Pacific Pte Ltd. Conferences were also held, addressing developments in end-user industries such as carbon fibre in mass production vehicles, low maintenance costs in aircraft, and market drivers in off-shore activities. Another event highlight was the JEC Innovation Awards scheduled on the second night. The Awards recognises technical excellence, exemplarity of the chain of partners, market potential and originality of composites innovation.
At the Opening Ceremony on 15 November, Frédérique Mutel, President and CEO of JEC Group, announced that the event will be moving to Korea next year after being held in Singapore for the past nine years. The event will take place from 1-3 November 2017 in Seoul.
- Industry Briefing by EDB (16 November 2016)
In partnership with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), AAIS jointly organised a briefing for top executives of the aerospace industry on 16 November 2017 at Suntec City Convention Centre. The event saw the participation of more than 70 C-Suite leaders of aerospace OEMs, large suppliers, support services and solution providers.
The event was conceived as a platform for dialogue between members of the industry and EDB’s Aerospace team. EDB Director for Transport Engineering Tan Kong Hwee kicked off discussions, highlighting anticipated trends in the global industry landscape and opportunities for Singapore. Attendees provided feedback on some of the challenges they were facing and their views on how it was affecting Singapore’s competitiveness as an industry.
EDB urged companies to continue improving productivity and adopt innovative new technologies such as robotics and automation to keep up with the trajectory of the broader industry. It acknowledged concerns on the availability of skilled labour and presented new manpower programmes to attract and retain new graduates to the industry.
AAIS was pleased to have been able to facilitate this dialogue for the industry’s voice to be heard. We look forward to provide more platforms such as this for fruitful and meaningful discussions.
- AeroSG Tax Forum: Opportunities and Challenges for Aerospace Operations through the Tax Vantage Point (21 October 2016)
In the face of rapid changes in tax legislation and closer scrutiny on corporate taxation, AAIS organised a Tax Forum with guest speakers from Ernst & Young on the topics of Base Erosion Profit Shifting (BEPS) and Incentives for expansion into ASEAN.
The forum, held on 21 October, was attended by CFOs, Finance Managers, and tax professionals from the aerospace community. The International Tax Services team from Ernst & Young shared their expertise on the recent key international tax developments and BEPS action items, the potential implication to the aerospace industry and risks of cross-border taxation for companies operating in multiple jurisdictions. This was followed by a briefing by the Business Incentives Advisory Tax team on the recent developments in Malaysia and Thailand as these countries ramp-up their aerospace industry development activities, as well incentives for companies intending to expand into the Southeast Asia Market.
AAIS is pleased to have facilitated this forum and thanks the team from Ernst & Young for generously sharing their time and expertise with industry members. In line with our new mission, AAIS looks forward to create more of such opportunities to engender the community in other functional areas as well. We hope to galvanise the finance community within the aerospace industry, to convene and discuss common queries or topics of interest. For interest in forming or being part of an aerospace finance community, please contact Ann at firstname.lastname@example.org
- MRO Asia Pacific 2016 (27 to 29 September 2016)
Held once again at the Singapore Expo Convention and Exhibition Centre, MRO Asia Pacific 2016 took place from 27 to 29 September 2016. The Conference and Exhibition brought together regional and global aviation MRO industry players to discuss the latest issues and concerns of operators and showcase the latest offerings from service providers and suppliers. AAIS 1st Vice President Jeffrey Lam (COO, ST Aerospace), chaired the MRO APAC 2016 Conference Programme.
Having established itself as one of the most important trade exhibitions for the aerospace industry in Singapore and the region, MRO AP 2016 saw its largest Singapore Pavilion to date, with 23 participating companies. The Singapore Pavilion, which is facilitated by AAIS, enjoyed a prominent location and had a significant presence with its livery and scale.
AAIS looks forward to a continued strong partnership with Aviation Week International and its expansion of the MRO event – the Asia Aviation Week – which is set to take place from 30 October to 3 November 2017. To find out more about participating in the MRO as an exhibitor, contact Ms Margaret Chong via email at email@example.com
- 14th AAIS Annual General Meeting (22 September 2016)
The 14th Annual General Meeting of the Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore) was held on Thursday, 22 September 2016 at the Singapore Aviation Academy. The meeting was attended by representatives from over 40 corporate members and presided over by members of the 10th Management Committee, chaired by AAIS President Mr Philip Quek.
In his opening address, Mr Quek touched on the rapid changes in technologies and the global business environment that had started to create impact in the domestic aerospace landscape. He called for industry transformation and greater initiative by and from the industry to maintain its competitiveness. Mr Quek also described the evolving role of AAIS in facilitating the aerospace ecosystem. This had served as an impetus for the Association to embark on a Strategic Review of its mission, vision and strategies in a process involving members and other stakeholders. Outcomes of the Strategic Review process were later shared with members in a presentation by Honorary Secretary Mr Steven Pearson.
The AGM also saw the election of Mr Allan Ferrie, Operations Director of Rolls-Royce Singapore, to the position of AAIS 2nd Vice-President. Mr Ferrie filled the position left by Mr Ho Tin Pau, who stepped down in mid-2016. Tokens of Appreciation were presented to Mr Ho as well as Mr Philip Ang, both of whom were lauded for their great contributions to AAIS through their appointments in the Management Committee since its early days.
Members present also endorsed the FY2015/16 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.
- AeroIndustry Annual Meeting 2016 (22 September 2016)
With an eye on what’s to come for the industry, AAIS partnered with Starburst Accelerator to bring its members and the Singapore aerospace community a glimpse into the future of aerospace innovation. Attendees listened in and later interacted with a select group of start-ups from Singapore and around the world shared their innovative ideas as part of the Starburst Startups Showcase. Leveraging on cutting edge technologies and creative solutions, the start-ups presented exciting business tools and solutions that could potentially change the aerospace way of business and operations. (See Startups deck HERE.)
Mr Van Espahbodi, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Starburst Accelerator also informed a captive audience of its role as a start-up incubator and platform for start-ups needing a voice of technology feasibility and access to partnerships with OEMs and established aerospace MROs. Having established a small set up in Singapore in mid-2016, Starburst Accelerator will be working to explore areas of collaboration in encouraging the incubation of local aerospace start-ups, technological cooperation and co-development of products and solutions to common industry problems.
AAIS thanks Starburst Accelerator and all the start-ups for sharing with the community, and Orange Clove catering for its sponsorship of the event. We also thank all attendees and hope that the 2016 AIAM had been inspiring, informative and fruitful.
- AAIS HOST Networking Session @ Fullerton Bay Hotel (11 August 2016)
The third AAIS HOST Networking Session for 2016 was held on 11th August at the beautiful Lantern Rooftop Bar of the Fullerton Bay Hotel. The event attracted over 60 senior executives representing different sectors of the aerospace industry, including MRO, suppliers, training and education, planning, and infrastructure.
The evening kicked off with a short welcome address from AAIS Chief Executive Sia Kheng Yok and Mr Giovanni Viterale, General Manager of Fullerton Hotel & Fullerton Bay Hotel. Guests were then led on a short tour to explore the historic hotel grounds including the Clifford Pier before returning to the Lantern to enjoy the company of their peers and delightful treats.
Towards the end of the evening, three lucky guests walked away with dining vouchers and hotel stays during the Lucky Draw, with prizes generously sponsored by the Fullerton Hotel and Fullerton Bay Hotel.
AAIS thanks our member companies and partner organisations for gracing the event, and extends deep appreciation to the team from the Fullerton Bay Hotel for their hospitality and support. For enquiries on rooms or event spaces at the Fullerton and Fullerton Bay Hotels, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 6877 8011.
- Visit by Okinawa Delegation (22 July 2016)
AAIS, together with JTC, received a delegation from Japan headed by Mr. Mitsuhiro Machida from the Department of Commerce, Industry and Labor in the Okinawa Prefectural Government on 22 July 2016. They were in Singapore as part of their learning and research into developing an aerospace cluster in Okinawa that has been announced as the home of “MRO Japan”. AAIS Chief Executive Sia Kheng Yok hosted the delegation, which included Okinawa Prefecture officials as well as ANA, Japan Research Institute and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation.
JTC first briefed the delegation on the development of the Seletar Aerospace at the Seletar visitors centre at JTC Aviation Two. They were also given an overview on the Singapore aerospace industry and the role of AAIS. Discussions then moved to the development and fundamentals of building an infrastructure for aerospace as well as the manpower and skills training required to sustain the sector. The delegation also shared the growth prospects of the MRO business in Okinawa and welcomed possible synergies and collaboration opportunities with the Okinawa aerospace cluster companies.
AAIS is pleased to have been able to facilitate the visit and we wish the best for Okinawa’s development plans.
- Focus Group Discussions (21 & 28 June 2016)
As part of its strategy review and planning process, AAIS invited its members to two focus group sessions on 21 and 28 June 2016. More than 30 senior executives and C-Suite representatives of over 20 member companies gathered and shared their views on the business and organisational issues they face, the value they seek from AAIS and the key words and phrases they would like to see in AAIS’ mission and vision statements. The views are important in shaping the directions for AAIS and to ensure we sustain our relevance to the Aerospace community.
AAIS thanks all the participants and facilitators for taking the time to contribute to the discussions.
- AAIS Annual Bowling Tournament 2016 (25 June 2016)
Into its 12th edition, AAIS held its annual bowling tournament at Orchid Country Club. The tournament attracted a total of 27 teams from 17 companies.
Here are the results:
Prize Winners Category Company Name Team Name Score Team Champion ST Aerospace ST Aero 1 2005 1st Runner-Up SIA Engineering Company SIAEC 1941 2nd Runner-Up ST Aerospace ST Aero 3 1935 Category Company Name (Team Name) Name Score Best Male Individual ST Aerospace (ST Aero 2) Ong Cheng Koon 576 Best Female Individual ST Aerospace (ST Aero 3) Jaslene Koh 476 Highest Game Score Prize Gender Company Team Name Name Game Score Pot Male SIA Engineering Company SIAEC Poh Siew Por 206 $220 Female ST Aerospace ST Aero 3 Jaslene Koh 185 $40
Click here for the full tournament results.
Click here to view photos of the event.
- Visit of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) Student Chapter (2 June 2016)
AAIS was pleased to welcome a group of 19 students from the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) Student Chapter on Thursday, 2 June 2016. The students were in Singapore as part of their overseas learning journey programme and tour of the region. Their stop in Singapore included visits to organisations to learn more about the food manufacturing, waste management and aerospace sectors.
The visit kicked off with a short briefing of the Seletar Aerospace Park (SAP) at the SAP Visitors Centre, located in JTC Aviation Two. From the interactive display, the students got a glimpse of the history of Seletar, the phases of development of the SAP, as well as the future of the park.
Participants were also briefed about the aerospace industry in Singapore and AAIS interns shared more about their stint in the Temasek Polytechnic Aviation Management Course. The students were able to catch business jets taking off from the Seletar Airport from the AAIS Training Room. There was also time for a short tour around the SAP, during which the students were introduced to the many aerospace giants located within the SAP.
It was our pleasure to host these bright young minds from HKIE!
- Visit by Shizuoka Prefecture Assemblyman (24 May 2016)
AAIS received a delegation from Japan headed by Mr Shinnosuke Yamazaki, Member of the Shizuoka Prefectural Assembly on 24 May 2016. The delegation was hosted by AAIS President Philip Quek and Chief Executive Sia Kheng Yok.
Mr Yamazaki and the delegation were briefed on the development of the Seletar Aerospace at the Seletar visitors centre at JTC Aviation Two, an overview on the Singapore aerospace industry and the role of AAIS. Discussions then moved to the education and training programmes/framework for aerospace, skills training and human resource development for the sector. The delegation also sought views on the Japanese aerospace industries as well as the future direction of the industry in the Asia Pacific region.
AAIS is pleased to have been able to facilitate the visit and we look forward to future exchanges.
- AAIS HOST Networking Session (12 May 2016)
AAIS held its second HOST networking session of the year on 12 May 2016 at Pan Pacific Orchard Hotel. More than 50 top professionals including CEOs and senior executives of Singapore aerospace companies attended the event, which was held at the Lobby Lounge of Pan Pacific Orchard Hotel.
The event culminated with a Lucky Draw, where three lucky guests walked away with dinner vouchers and a staycation sponsored by Pan Pacific Orchard Hotel. All attendees of this HOST session were also gifted an exclusive hotel bath kit.
AAIS would like to thank our members for their support and attendance, and the wonderful team at Pan Pacific Orchard Hotel for this successful HOST session!
- Aerospace Industry Info-Sharing Session (10 May 2016)
Facilitated by AAIS, Invest Selangor hosted an informational session on the growing aerospace industry in Malaysia’s Golden State of Selangor. Held at the Intercontinental Hotel, the event attracted close to 40 professionals from the aerospace and related industries in Singapore.
Attendees were informed of the opportunities, infrastructure, support and incentives made available to investors by senior executives of Invest Selangor and the Malaysian Investment Development Authority. Attendees also heard from companies already present in the Selangor Aerospace cluster through presentation from Strand Aerospace, Malaysia Airport Holdings and UMW Corporation. The distinguished speakers also took questions on the investment climate and ease of setting up businesses in Malaysia.
AAIS is pleased to have facilitated this session for Invest Selangor and hopes that this has been a useful session for all.
- International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) 2016 Spring Meeting (25 to 30 April 2016)
Facilitated by AAIS, the 2016 Spring Meeting of the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) was held for the first time in Singapore from 25 to 30 April at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel. The IAQG is a non-profit organisation registered in Brussels, Belgium. Established as a global organisation, IAQG maintains dynamic cooperation between aerospace and defense companies on initiatives to make significant performance improvements in quality. It comprises representation from three sectors – the Americas (AAQG), Asia Pacific (APAQG) and Europe (EAQG).
Kicking off a suite of activities, IAQG members started the week with working group huddles and company visits to Airbus Helicopters Southeast Asia, ST Electronics (SATCOM), SASCO and Thales Solutions Asia.
The highlight of the IAQG Spring Meeting was the 2016 General Assembly held on 28 April during which working groups reported on their progress, and decisions on the IAQG were discussed and voted upon. At this event, Mr Jimson Ngiam, Assistant Honorary Treasurer of AAIS announced the formation of an AAIS Quality Committee (AQC), which will be looking into formalising a Singapore Aerospace Quality Group (SAQG).
Following the General Assembly, IAQG hosted a Suppliers Forum on 29 April, which provided a chance for suppliers from the aerospace and related industries to establish direct network with the IAQG members and participate in discussions on quality matters through four breakout sessions on Aerospace Standards Updates; Achieving Assurance; Risk Management; and Special Processes and purchasing challenges.
In celebration of IAQG’s 20th anniversary, a Gala Dinner was held at the Singapore Seafood Republic Restaurant at Resorts World Sentosa. IAQG members were treated to a variety of seafood dishes, including Singapore’s famous Chili Crab. Awards were also given out at the Gala Dinner to commemorate the invaluable contributions of working groups and individuals through the years.
To end off the IAQG events, participants were treated to the sights and sounds of Singapore with visits to the SEA Aquarium and Gardens by the Bay.
AAIS would like to thank the IAQG for the opportunity to facilitate this event, as well as to all IAQG members, companies and sponsors for their time and support in making the event a success! For enquiries on membership in SAQG, email email@example.com
- AAIS Annual Futsal Tournament (12 March 2016)
The AAIS Annual Futsal Tournament 2016 was held on Saturday, 12 March at Ubersport East Coast Park.
This year’s edition saw top-notch futsal action with the participation of 16 teams from 13 organisations. Footballers blessed with trickery and pace kept the energy high throughout the tournament with Rolls-Royce emerging victorious once again. With this win, the Rolls-Royce team has successfully managed to defend their champions crown for the third year running!
Goalkeeper Mohammad Al-Faiz Bin Ishak from Rolls-Royce took home the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award for his outstanding performance in goal.
Here are the winners:
Team Champion Rolls-Royce 1st Runner-Up SAESL 2nd Runner-Up Thales Most Valuable Player Muhammad Al-Faiz Bin Ishak (Rolls Royce)
Once again, congratulations to the winning teams and we look forward to an even more exciting tournament in 2017!
To view full results from our event, click here.
- Aerospace Industry Induction Programme (AIIP) 2016 (18 February 2016)
The Aerospace Industry Induction Programme (AIIP) offers students an insight into the vibrant and diverse aviation industry, and a better understanding of Singapore’s position as the leading aviation hub in Asia.
Organised by AAIS with support from CAAS and EDB, the fifth edition of the AIIP culminated with a visit to the Singapore Airshow 2016. Over 1,400 students from 18 institutions were transported to the Airshow grounds on Thursday, 18 February.
The AIIP participants were given student packs which included the AIIP Programme Booklet (with guided route map), an AIIP Student Quiz and goodies from the Airshow. They were presented with a range of education and career opportunities in the growing aviation industry and had the opportunity to visit the inaugural Singapore Airshow Aero Campus (SAAC). They also explored the static aircraft display area and enjoyed the captivating aerobatic flying display.
The AAIS thanks all teachers and staff for their time in making this programme a success and the joined effort in attracting the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals (NGAP). A very special thank you, too, to the CAAS Youth Aviation Ambassadors (YAAs) for their help in facilitating the secondary school students! We look forward to the next edition of the programme.
AIIP – Participating Schools:
Changkat Changi Secondary School Hwa Chong Secondary School Hillgrove Secondary School Northbrooks Secondary School Nanyang Girls’ High School Woodlands Secondary School East View Secondary School Mayflower Secondary School Commonwealth Secondary School Ngee Ann Polytechnic Nanyang Polytechnic Republic Polytechnic Singapore Polytechnic Temasek Polytechnic ITE College Central National University of Singapore Singapore Institute of Technology Singapore Institute of Management University
- Aerospace Supplier Conference (18 February 2016)
Held at the Speaker’s Chamber in ITE College Central, more than 60 professionals from the aerospace industry attended the Aerospace Supplier Conference, presented by the AirBusiness Academy. Organised by AAIS and supported by the Economic Development Board and SPRING Singapore, the conference is the first held by AirBusiness Academy in Singapore. Participants gained a better understanding on how to become a supplier for Airbus with guidance from speakers Romain Sohier and Muriel Saldana of Airbusiness Academy as well as Oliver Devaux of Airbus Group.
A broad range of topics were discussed, which included:
- The business requirements of Airbus
- Airbus’ procurement strategies
- Overview of the various international aviation authorities and their requirements for suppliers
AAIS thanks JTC for support of the event venue and the speakers and all participants for the contributing to a fruitful conference.
- HOST Networking Session (17 February 2016)
AAIS held its first HOST Networking Session of 2016 on 17 February at the Singapore Pavilion during the Singapore Airshow. Attended by more than 100 individuals, the session brought members of the aerospace industry as well as other affiliated industries closer together. The HOST session also saw delegates from Japan, Australia and the US mingling with representatives from Singapore-based MNCs and Small and Medium Enterprises. Coupled with the great food and refreshments, the session also showcased the state-of-the-art facilities of the Seletar Aerospace Park, developed by the JTC Corporation.
AAIS would like to thank the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), the Australian Trade Commission and the US Embassy for their assistance in bringing their delegations to the Singapore Pavilion. A big Thank You JTC for lending us the use of the booth and to all guests for making our first HOST Session of 2016 a success!
- Aerospace Community Day (28 January 2016)
In celebration of Chinese New Year, AAIS had the honour of hosting 91 senior citizens from four elderly community homes – Bright Hill Evergreen Home, Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home, St John’s Home for the Elders and Thongteck Home – for a day of festivities. The event kicked off with a traditional “Lo-Hei”, followed by a sumptuous Chinese lunch spread and a Karaoke session by the residents of St John’s Home. The event concluded with the distribution of Mandarin Oranges and Ang Baos to the beneficiaries by AAIS staff and volunteers from the aerospace community, bringing a warm smile to the faces of the senior citizens in attendance.
AAIS would like to thank the following companies and individuals for their invaluable time and support of this event:
Advance Metals Pte Ltd
Esterline Advanced Sensors
Rolls-Royce Singapore Pte Ltd
Safran Electronics Asia Pte Ltd
Optical Gaging (S) Pte Ltd
The Green Airliner Singapore Pte Ltd
Tri-Wing Aviation Resources Pte Ltd
Vector Aerospace Asia Pte Ltd
Mr Ivan Ho Siow Siong (Airbus Group Singapore Pte Ltd)
My Eddy Eyo Kai Guan (W.H Brennan & Co. Pte Ltd)
AAIS would also like to thank the staff and management of Yan Palace Restaurant, Bukit Merah HDB and elderly care assistants from the beneficiaries for their assistance in the smooth running of the event. We look forward to the continuous support from the community for similar events in future.
- AAIS HOST Networking Session (2 December 2015)
AAIS was proud to partner Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) to bring members our last HOST networking session for 2015 at the Ocean Gallery, SEA Aquarium. The event attracted 82 top professionals from 54 companies of the aerospace and related industries.
Tin Ho, 2nd Vice President of AAIS welcomed the guests and kickstarted the evening with an update of AAIS’s upcoming events. This was followed by a short presentation by Nicholas Cordeiro, Assistant Vice President of MICE & Corporate Sales, sharing the latest promotions and special Airhow 2016 rates offered by the RWS hotels. Guests enjoyed the rest of the evening networking in the beautiful Ocean Gallery, accompanied by the excellent cocktail spread.
A selfie/wefie contest was held, where guests gamely captured a picture of themselves with the Manta rays and Hammerhead sharks swimming in the background, to win goodie bags. The final highlight was the quiz and lucky draw which saw 3 lucky winners walked away with prizes sponsored by Resorts World Sentosa.
AAIS thanks Resorts World Sentosa for the unique venue and all guests for in making this an enjoyable HOST Session.
- MRO Asia 2015 (3 to 5 November 2015)
In partnership with Aviation Week, AAIS facilitated the Singapore Pavilion, which consisted of fourteen local organisations exhibiting their products and services at MRO Asia 2015.
This year, Mr Teo Ser Luck, Minister of State, Ministry of Trade & Industry, graced the event on the second day as the Guest-of-Honour. He provided an update on Singapore’s growth and investment in aftermarket services and aerospace manufacturing.
The event drew more than 2,500 visitors for the exhibition and conferences, which were conducted by esteemed guests, including speakers from overseas aerospace organisations. Each of the sessions included in the MRO Asia-Pacific conference program were designed to provide an in–depth look at the key issues at hand and evaluate what effect they will have on the MRO market and businesses.
- AAIS Annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament (31 October 2015)
The AAIS organised its 5th annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament on 31 October 2015 at Macpherson Community Club.
A total of 10 teams from 6 organisations in the aerospace industry participated in the tournament this year.
RR Compressor emerged Team Champion. The first and second runners-up went to MUSTANG and MSA 1 respectively.
Team Champion RR Compressor (Rolls-Royce Singapore Pte Ltd) 1st Runner-up MUSTANG (Messier Services Asia Pte Ltd) 2nd Runner-up MSA 1 (Messier Services Asia Pte Ltd) Most Valuable Player Leonardo Bayona (from RR Compressor)
Click here for the full results!
Click here to view photos of the event.
- 13th Annual General Meeting (22 September 2015)
The 13th AAIS AGM was held on Tuesday, 22nd September 2015 at the Singapore Aviation Academy. The event was well attended by 56 individuals from 46 member organisations.
The AGM proceedings were chaired by Mr Charles Chong, President of the AAIS 9th Management Committee. Addressing the attendees in a Welcome Note, Mr Chong gave an overview of the Association’s growth and took stock of the initiatives and activities carried out in the fiscal year of 2014/15. Mr Chong also took the opportunity to thank colleagues who served with him on the Management Committee (MC) and announced that he would be relinquishing his position after the AGM to allow for the injection of new blood and fresh perspectives. Before formally stepping down, Mr Chong presented certificates to new member companies and the long service award for AAIS staff.
In honour of his long and dedicated service as President of AAIS since 2006, the Association presented Mr Chong with a token of appreciation. It also recorded its gratitude to other MC members who have or would be stepping down after the AGM. These included 1st Vice President Ms Kham Joon Wui (ST Aerospace), Honorary Secretary Mr T. Hastings Siegfried (NORDAM), Assistant Honorary Secretary Mr Adrian Plevin (Megitt Aerospace), Mr Mike McCormack (SIAE) and Mr Paul Inman (Singapore Aero Engine Services).
Elections for the next MC were subsequently held. With no contest to the nominations received and no objection from members, candidates for the various positions were confirmed. AAIS would like to thank the Singapore Aviation Academy, all members and the Grand Park City Hall for supporting this AGM.
The AAIS 10th Management Committee Members (2015 to 2017):
- President: Philip Quek, SIA Engineering Company Ltd
- 1st Vice President: Jeffrey Lam, ST Aerospace Ltd
- 2nd Vice President: Ho Tin Pau, Rolls-Royce Singapore Pte Ltd
- Steven Pearson, Aviall Pte Ltd
- Lien Whai Cheng, Coway Engineering & Marketing Pte Ltd
- Philip Sung, Esterline Sensors Services Asia Pte Ltd
- Steve Price, International Engine Component Overhaul Pte Ltd
- Ekkehard Pracht, Liebherr-Singapore Pte Ltd
- Fergus Lopez, Parker Aerospace
- Chow Kok Wah, Singapore Institute of Aerospace Engineers
- Jimson Ngiam, Thales Solutions Asia Pte Ltd
- Lim Hee Joo, Wah Son Engineering Pte Ltd
- AeroIndustry Annual Meeting (AIAM) 2015 (22 September 2015)
Held after the AGM, the AIAM brought together senior members of the aerospace industry for an afternoon of information-sharing and discussion on the upcoming trends and projections of the aerospace industry. The event saw the release of the findings from the Singapore MRO Competitiveness Study 2014, which was commissioned by AAIS with support from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, the Economic Development Board and the Singapore Workforce Development Agency.
The AIAM was kicked off with Opening Remarks by newly installed AAIS President Mr Philip Quek, who shared on the outlook of the global and domestic aerospace industry, including the labour projections, potential weaknesses and market gaps as well as government initiatives to address these challenges. Following the opening address, Mr David Stewart, Vice President of ICF International – the appointed consulting and research firm – presented findings of the Study which benchmarked Singapore’s competitiveness as an aerospace hub against other country hubs such China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and the UAE. Mr Stewart also shared recommendations to strengthen Singapore’s position as the leading aerospace MRO hub in the Asia Pacific region.
After the presentation, the participants broke out into focus groups to discuss and gave their feedback on the findings of the Study.
The AAIS thanks Mr David Stewart, all AIAM 2015 participants and our four FGD facilitators – Assoc. Prof. Lim Yeow Khee, Assoc. Prof. Tan Joo Seng, Mr Jeremy Chan and Mr Koh Pak Keng, for generously contributing your time, perspectives and experience to make this AIAM an interactive and fruitful one.
- The Amazing Aviators Race 2015 (5 September 2015)
On Saturday 5th September 2015, 300 participants in 75 teams raced around Singapore in the Amazing Aviators Race (TAAR) 2015. The Race was flagged off by Minister of State for Trade and Industry Mr Teo Ser Luck from the new Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) campus in Changi. The one-of-a-kind Flag Off saw a colourful aerial spectacle as MOS Teo, all participants and invited guests simultaneously launched self-assembled Styrofoam aeroplanes, popularised in the early nineties, to signify the start of the event.
This was only the second time the event has been held since its inaugural run in 2011 and one of the biggest public events organised by AAIS. Held in conjunction with the SG50 celebrations, TAAR 2015 was part of AAIS’s greater efforts to engage youths and the general public while promoting a greater understanding of the aerospace and aviation industry through a journey of discovery around Singapore. The participants took part in teams of four under two team categories – the Student Category (for students aged 15 and above) and the Open Category (for industry members and the general public).
Modelled after the “Amazing Race” concept, teams raced around the island to find iconic locations based on the clues they were given. As an added challenge, teams could only travel using the public transport network of buses and the MRT. At these stations, they encountered “Detours” and “Road Blocks”, where they had to complete tasks related to aerospace/aviation, our national identity and our rich cultural heritage.
TAAR 2015 received very positive feedback from the participants, who enjoyed themselves despite the long and eventful day. AAIS would like to take this opportunity to once again thank MOS Teo Ser Luck for gracing the Flag Off, and all TAAR 2015 participants for making the event a big success! A big THANK YOU also to the event management team from Adrenalin and to all our sponsors for the strong and forthcoming support. We would not have been able to do it without you!
Congratulations to the Winners of TAAR 2015!
Open Category Place Winning Team Prize Sponsor 1st Drama Mama Canon Singapore Pte Ltd 2nd Oh Man! Canon Singapore Pte Ltd 3rd Pillows GVDEAL Pte Ltd 3rd Runner Up CRO The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Student Category Place Winning Team Institution Prize Sponsor 1st AEROBirds Temasek Polytechnic Canon Singapore Pte Ltd 2nd ATTC Air Transport Training College Canon Singapore Pte Ltd 3rd NPAT Ngee Ann Polytechnic GVDEAL Pte Ltd 3rd Runner Up RP Time Travellers Republics Polytechnic The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf
- AAIS HOST Session @ InterContinental Singapore (27 August 2015)
AAIS was proud to partner InterContinental Singapore for the third HOST Session in 2015 held at the hotel’s Victoria Bar. The relaxing and comfortable ambience was a fantastic backdrop against which the 40 over guests mingled and caught up with each other while enjoying the spread of delectable food, beverages and the hotel’s specialty mooncakes.
Guests were welcomed by Mr Ekkehard Pracht, member of the AAIS Management Committee as well as Mr Michael Shin, Hotel manager of the Intercontinental Singapore. The evening also saw AAIS’ award-winning photographer Mr Richard Koh introducing “Over Singapore”, a newly launched book featuring his aerial photography works. Published by Editions Didier Millet, the aerial images are complemented by insightful text and captions of diplomat Professor Tommy Koh. Richard also exhibited his aerial photography collection around the Victoria Bar for guests to enjoy.
Capping off the evening, a Lucky draw was conducted which saw the winner walking away with a One Night Weekend stay in the Deluxe Room inclusive of breakfast for two sponsored by the InterContinental Singapore Hotel.
The AAIS would like to thank InterContinental Singapore, their team and all guests for making this HOST Session a unique experience.
- Aviation Open House 2015 (13 to 15 August 2015)
AAIS was present at the Aviation Open House (AOH) 2015 held at Suntec City Convention Centre from 13 to 15 August 2015. This is the fourth time that the AAIS has been invited by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore to participate in the biennial event. Launched by Mrs Josephine Teo, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Transport, the theme of AOH for the year was “Embark on a Journey in Aviation”.
The AOH 2015 provided a platform for students, job seekers and mid-career entrants to learn more about aviation education and career opportunities via career talks, a showcase featuring eight aviation professionals, interacting with representatives at the exhibition booths, onsite recruitment by e2i and other interactive games. The event saw the participation of more than 47 aviation-related organisations and Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) as well as companies from the aerospace, airline, airport, air navigation services sectors.
AAIS used this opportunity to distribute the AeroCareer Guide 2014/15, promote The Amazing Aviators Race 2015 and encourage the sign-up for e-copies of AeroSpace Singapore Magazine. Once again, the AAIS was honoured to be part of the AOH 2015 and do our bit for the future of Singapore’s aerospace and aviation industry!
- Annual Aerospace Human Resource Forum (24 July 2015)
The annual Aerospace Human Resource Forum was organised as a platform for HR professionals from aerospace companies to network, while at the same time gaining insights and tools to improve the human capital processes in their organisation.
Into its sixth year, the HR Forum was held on 24 July 2015 at Temasek Polytechnic with presentations by five speakers from the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA), FranklinCovey Division, TransFingo Pte Ltd and Temasek Polytechnic. More than 40 guests from various aerospace companies were present at the forum.
The forum focused on the current topic of SkillsFuture. Participants were empowered with information about SkillsFuture, in particular, how they can leverage upon the programmes and schemes to develop productivity and competitiveness in their workforce. In addition, WDA informed guests present about the development of the Singapore Skills Framework for the aerospace sector, which is intended to give employers, current and prospective employees a good overview of the career progression track and skills needed to move up in their careers. At the end of the forum, guests were given the opportunity to tour the new hanger and facilities at the Temasek Aviation Academy.
The AAIS would like to thank our sponsors, Temasek Polytechnic and FranklinCovey Division for their generous sponsorship, and to all speakers and participants for their support at this event.
- AAIS Annual Bowling Tournament 2015 (20 June 2015)
The AAIS held its 11th edition of the annual bowling tournament at Orchid Bowl @ Safra Tampines on 20 June 2015. The tournament attracted a total of 30 teams from 20 organisations.
Prize Winners Category Company Name Team Name Score Team Champion ST Aerospace Ltd ST Aero 3 2340 1st Runner – Up Team Pratt & Whitney Canada (SEA) Pte Ltd PWC A 2241 2nd Runner – Up Team Singapore Airline Ltd Singapore Airline 2148 Category Company Name (Team Name) Name Score Best Male Individual ST Aerospace Ltd (ST Aero 3) David Tan 680 Best Female Individual Pratt & Whitney Canada (Sea) Pte Ltd (PWC A) Amy Yong 603 Highest Game Score Prize Session Company Team Name Name Game Score Pot Session 1
SIA Engineering Company Ltd SIA Engineering Company Poh Siew Por 246 $70 Session 1
Pratt & Whitney Canada (SEA) Pte Ltd PWC A Amy Yong 224 $30 Session 2
ST Aerospace Ltd ST Aero 3 David Tan 265 $150 Session 2
ST Aerospace Ltd ST Aero 3 Metta Koh 217 $30
Click here for the full tournament results.
Click here to view photos of the event.
- AAIS Networking Session @ Orchard Hotel Singapore (21 May 2015)
AAIS was proud to partner Orchard Hotel Singapore for the second HOST session in 2015. The networking event was held at the beautiful poolside of Orchard Hotel Singapore. The relaxing and cosy atmosphere encouraged the more than 30 guests to mingle and network with each other while enjoying the sumptuous food and drinks.
The evening started off with a welcome address from Mr T Hastings Siegfried, Honorary Secretary of the AAIS Management Commitee, followed by remarks by Mr Richard Ong, General Manager of Orchard Hotel. The evening carried on with guests given a short tour of the hotel grounds.
A Lucky draw session was conducted, with five lucky guests winning dining vouchers and hotel stays sponsored by the Millenium and Copthorne Group Singapore.
The AAIS would like to thank Orchard Hotel Singapore, their dedicated team and all guests for making this HOST Session a memorable and lovely one!
- IMDEX Asia 2015 (19 to 21 May 2015)
In partnership with Experia Events, AAIS facilitated the Singapore Pavilion at this year’s International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (IMDEX Asia) held from 19 to 21 May 2015. The Singapore Pavilion consisted of 10 local organisations exhibiting their latest products, technological offerings and services, supported by funding from International Enterprise (IE) Singapore. AAIS was also present with a booth located within the pavilion.
The 3-day event held at Changi Exhibition Centre is one of the top naval shows in the Asia-Pacific region. Dr Ng Eng Hen, Minister of Defence, Singapore, graced the event at the Opening Ceremony as the Guest of Honor. Comprising an exhibition, strategic conferences and warships display, the event has gained recognition as a global platform for stakeholders from the military, government, industry and academia to address challenges facing the industry, co-create solutions, and update themselves on the latest trends and technologies. AAIS is pleased to have had the opportunity to be at the show, together with our 10 exhibitors under the Singapore Pavilion.
- AAIS Annual Futsal Tournament 2015 (21 March 2015)
The AAIS Annual Futsal Tournament 2015 was held on 21 March at Uber Sports East Coast. With a participation of 27 teams from 18 companies, the tournament achieved the best turn-out in its history. Assistant Honorary Treasurer of AAIS, Steve Price, gave a welcome address prior to lending his support to the players. In addition to the Team Champion, 1st and 2nd Runner-Up, a Most Valuable Player award was given to Abdul Kadir Hassan of SAESL for his outstanding performance.
The winners are:
Team Champion Rolls-Royce (Rolls-Royce Singapore Pte Ltd) 1st Runner-Up TOS FC (Turbine Overhaul Services Pte Ltd) 2nd Runner-Up SAESL (Singapore Aero Engine Services Pte Ltd) Most Valuable Player Abdul Kadir Hassan (SAESL)
Click here for the full results!
Click here to view photos of the event.
- Airline E&M: Asia Pacific (4 & 5 March 2015)
Organised by MRO Network, this event provided opportunity for key stakeholders in the aviation aftermarket from across the region and internationally to meet, network and arm themselves with the knowledge they need to position themselves for success.
The two-day event held at Marina Mandarin Singapore saw high attendance of participants, attended the conference. There were more than 25 speakers from various esteemed organisations such as Werner Aero Services, Rolls-Royce and Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore shared their insights at the conference.
AAIS was present with a table-top and distributed both the latest issue of the AeroSpace Singapore magazine and Singapore Aerospace Suppliers Directory (SASD) 2015 to all conference attendees.
- Global Security Asia (GSA)(3 to 5 March 2015)
In partnership with GSA Exhibitions, AAIS facilitated the Singapore Pavilion which consisted of 25 local organisations supported by International Enterprise (IE) Singapore, exhibited their products and services at GSA 2015. Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Foreign Affairs graced the event at the Opening Ceremony as the Guest of Honour.
The 3-day event held at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, hosted a large volume of visitors to the exhibition and conferences. AAIS had the great opportunity to be at the tradeshow, with a booth located within the Singapore Pavilion and get to see the showcase of local security and counter terrorism systems and technologies from around the world.
- Aviation Festival Asia (12 & 13 February 2015)
Aviation Festival Asia, a two-day event held its 11th edition in Singapore featuring 5 events in 1 show. The exhibition hosted more than 100 of new and innovative services, products and solutions which brought together the finest industry minds and delivered cutting edge thinking. The show was organised by Terrapinn.
AAIS participated at the tradeshow and distributed her recently released biennial publication – Singapore Aerospace Suppliers Directory (SASD) 2015 to visitors and exhibitors. AAIS was pleased to see the success of this event that saw more than 1,000 visitors and there are plans to at least double the size of the show in the next edition.
- HOST Session @ Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel Singapore (5 February 2015)
The AAIS held its first HOST Session of 2015 on 5 February at Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel Singapore. The HOST session brings members and the industry closer together in a relaxed environment with great food and refreshments. The HOST session also showcase the versatile event space and state of the art facilities that Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel Singapore offers.
The evening started off with a welcome from Tin Ho, 2nd Vice President, AAIS followed by a short slide presentation by Kelvin Seah, Vice President, Sales and Marketing Asia, Millennium & Copthorne. Guests were then given a tour of the hotel’s serviced apartments, rooms and grounds.
As Chinese New Year was round the corner, Grand Copthorne Waterfront Singapore conducted a Lo-Hei Session to wish all the attendees prosperity for the new year. Two lucky draw sessions was conducted and 10 lucky winners walked away with food vouchers and hotel stays sponsored by Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel Singapore. More than 20 guests were present at this HOST Session.
The AAIS would like to thank Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel Singapore and all guests for making the first HOST Session of 2015 a success.
- AAIS Community Day 2014 (2 December 2014)
AAIS is proud to be partnering JTC Corporation (JTC) in hosting the AAIS Community Day 2014 at the Seletar Aerospace Park (SAP). The event was well attended by beneficiaries of Good Shepherd Student Care and MINDSville@Napiri and 47 participants from the aerospace industry.
The event kicked off with the painting of hoarding murals followed by a pre-Christmas Party at t he Seletar Country Club. The event concluded with the disbursement of Christmas presents to the beneficiaries.
AAIS would like to thank the following companies for the sponsorship of this event:
Aerosafe Pte Ltd Rolls-Royce Singapore Pte Ltd Airbus Helicopters Southeast Asia Pte Ltd Safran Electronics Asia Pte Ltd CEVA Logistics Singapore Pte Ltd SIA Engineering Company JEP Precision Engineering Pte Ltd ST Aerospace Ltd MATCOR Technology & Services Pte Ltd Thales Solutions Asia Pte Ltd Messier Services Asia Pte Ltd Transfingo Pte Ltd NORDAM Singapore Pte Ltd Vector Aerospace Asia Pte Ltd RLC Group (Singapore) Pte Ltd Wah Son Pte Ltd
AAIS would also like to thank JTC, the beneficiaries and all participants for making this event a successful one!
- JEC Asia 2014 (17 to 19 November 2014)
In collaboration with JEC Composites, AAIS supported the Singapore Pavilion, which consisted of eight local organisations exhibiting their products and services at JEC Asia 2014.
The three-day event provided an opportunity for the exhibitors to showcase the latest developments and services provided by their organisations. The event also provided a platform for both organisations and tertiary institutions to display and give live demonstrations of composite technology in application via their projects and products.
- MRO Asia 2014 (4 to 6 November 2014)
In partnership with Aviation Week, AAIS facilitated the Singapore Pavilion, which consisted of eight local organisations exhibiting their products and services at MRO Asia 2014.
Mrs Josephine Teo, Senior Minister of State for Finance and Transport, graced the event on the second day as the Guest-of-Honour. She updated the audience on Singapore’s strategies to strengthen and expand its MRO industry, aftermarket services and manufacturing capabilities in her speech.
The event hosted a large volume of visitors to the exhibition and conferences, which were conducted by esteemed guests, including speakers from overseas aerospace organisations. They shared their insights on topics such as Supply Chain Resiliency through Risk Assessment and Management and New Generation Aircraft Impact on MRO.
- AAIS Annual 3-0n-3 Basketball Tournament 2014 (18 October 2014)
The AAIS held its fourth 3-On-3 Basketball Tournament on 18 October 2014 at Fengshan Community Centre. The tournament received good response with a total of 18 teams from 9 aerospace organisations registered for the tournament.
Team Champion CAS
Component Aerospace Singapore Pte Ltd
1st Runner-Up Team MUSTANG TEAM
Messier Services Asia Pte Ltd
2nd Runner-Up Team ZODIAC AEROSPACE
Zodiac Aerospace Services Asia Pte Ltd
Most Valuable Player Rabadan Jhamievel Campos
Click here for the full results!
Click here to view photos of the event.
- AAIS HOST Networking Session @ Universal Studios Singapore (16 October 2014)
AAIS is proud to partner Resort World Sentosa (RWS) in hosting the HOST networking session for the month of October! The networking session was well attended by 42 top professionals from the aerospace industry.
The session kicked off with rides on two exciting attrractions in USS which are ”Lights, Camera, Action!” and ”TRANSFORMERS The Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle”. It was followed by dinner and networking at KT’s Grill. RWS gave a short welcome and presented on their properties which included their upcoming hotel at Jurong Lake. There was a short quiz after the presentation and RWS gave away weekend hotel stays and entertainment vouchers to the lucky winners.
AAIS would like to thank Resort World Sentosa and all participants for in making this a successful HOST Session.
- 12th Annual General Meeting & Singapore AeroIndustry Annual Meeting 2014 (25 September 2014)
Held on 25 September 2014 at the Singapore Aviation Academy, the 12th Annual General Meeting (AGM) commenced with a welcome address by
AAIS’ President Mr Charles Chong. Mr Chong gave his heartfelt thanks to Mr Fergus D. Lopez, Ms Angeline Bilodeau, Mr Chris Davie and Mr Ng Kim Keng who have stepped down from the Management Committee.
He presented a token of appreciation to Mr Lopez, who had been AAIS’ Honorary Secretary since 2005, for his dedicated and committed service. He also announced that AAIS had recovered from a position of deficit and achieved a significant boost in its financial standing, which the Association will continue to serve its members and aerospace organisations through the development of enhanced services.
Mr Adrian Plevin, AAIS’ Assistant Honorary Secretary, conducted a presentation on the developments and activities of AAIS for the previous financial year. Certificates were subsequently presented to the new members of AAIS and the three and five year Long Service Awards were presented to Secretariat staff.
The Singapore AeroIndustry Annual Meeting (AIAM) 2014 was held after the AGM. The event brought the aerospace industry together for a day of senior-level knowledge-sharing and networking, providing participants with useful information and ideas to implement in their respective organisations.
Mr David Stewart, Vice President of ICF International, presented on the Competitiveness Assessment for Singapore’s Aviation MRO Industry. Appointed by AAIS, ICF International was the consulting firm to undertake the study, which aimed to gauge Singapore’s MRO competitiveness and to identify specific key capabilities and infrastructural gaps that need to be filled for the successful development of Singapore’s MRO industry.
Mr Stewart also shared on the outlook of the Asia Pacific MRO market in 2015. Dr Yip Yuen Cheong, Executive Vice President, Aerospace Engineering & Manufacturing of ST Aerospace, presented on the changing competition in the global aerospace market and what that means for companies in Singapore. The event was concluded with a presentation by Mr Soh Chee Siong, CEO of JEP Precision Engineering, who shared on staying relevant and competitive in the global market.
- AAIS HOST Networking Session @ New Asia Bar, Swissotel The Stamford (28 August 2014)