Opening-day visitors to the inaugural Singapore Airshow will find a brand-new site fit for the newly revamped event. Even the land it sits on is new, reclaimed over the last 10 years from the waters of the Singapore Strait. And best of all, if things go according to plan, access should prove pretty much painless.
Representing the Singapore Air Force, the colorful Black Knights aerobatic team brings its own form of razzle-dazzle to the daily aerial display. Flying Lockheed Martin F-16Cs, the team fills the sky over Changi Airport with the sights and sounds of unbridled aerial excitement.
Streaking across the Changi skies in their sleek red-and-white F-16s, the Black Knights symbolize Singapore’s determination to boost this revamped, go-it-alone airshow. The team has re-formed for the first time since 2000. Be sure to catch their performance here this week, for it may not be repeated elsewhere.
Singapore’s Black Knights carves an arc in the skies above Changi as they demonstrate their skills for the airshow crowd. The Black Knights fly F-16 fighters.
The Universal Flight Information System exhibited here by UFIS Airport Solutions (Stand 501 in the Airport Pavilion) has found a receptive market in the Asia Pacific region, where it is installed at Singapore’s Changi Airport and Bangkok’s new Suvarnabhumi International.
In just over three months, on February 19, the renamed Singapore Airshow will open at a brand new purpose-built site, with a new dress code for professional visitors and a new organization behind the scenes.
Visitors to next February’s Singapore Airshow–35,000 professionals is the organizers’ target–will find a spanking new show site and a relaxed atmosphere to help them focus more keenly than ever on the booming business of aerospace.
The February 2006 Asian Aerospace show at Singapore’s Changi Airport will be the last event in its current format, following a sudden split between the Singapore government and show organizer Reed Exhibitions. Singapore authorities have decided to run their own biennial air show starting February 2008. UK-based Reed is now considering alternative venues outside Singapore to stage future Asian Aerospace events.
Asian Aerospace and its new sibling, Asia Defence Technology, open their doors for the last time at the Changi Exhibition Centre today after a 25-year run that has seen the event grow into one of the biggest events on the international airshow circuit and easily the number one in Asia.
The world’s aerospace industry is now having to decide whether to follow the Asian Aerospace show brand up to Hong Kong or whether to stay loyal to Singapore and support the new Changi International Air Show.