Civil operations at Singapore Seletar Airport could be severely curtailed and business jet operations forced away altogether if several proposed initiatives are implemented by the local authorities. Most pressing is the imposition on the first of this month of Stage 3 noise restrictions, with no waivers for noncompliant aircraft, but other plans could limit operations even more.
Singapore Changi Airport
An 18,000-sq-ft maintenance, repair and overhaul facility was slated to open on Singapore’s Changi Airport before the end of last month. The new facility continues the expansion of Ametek Aerospace & Defense’s growing presence in the global MRO services market and will operate as a unit of Ametek Southern Aeroparts.
At face value, there has never been a better time to be in the international FBO business. With North America a mature marketplace, the lion’s share of growth in business aircraft fleets and flying activity is found in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Singapore-based advanced technology and e-systems developer Stratech Systems (Stand No. J96) has logged the first sale of its iFerret runway surveillance system. The system will be deployed at Changi International Airport following the signing of a S$12 million ($8.5 million)-plus contract here yesterday by Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore chairman Lim Kim Choon.
Many Singapore Air Show visitors are seeing the Airbus A380 paying for itself in commercial service for the first time as it lands and takes off here at Changi Airport. For at least another six months, Singapore will remain the only operating base for the world’s largest airliner and local carrier Singapore Airlines (SIA) its only operator.
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.
Aerostructures and equipment manufacturer Goodrich (Chalet CD07) tomorrow will inaugurate its new maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility here in Singapore. The facility is now Goodrich’s largest MRO facility in the world. In addition to sophisticated composite repairs, the Charlotte, North Carolina-based company is here doing research and development, such as a fan cowl for Pratt & Whitney’s geared turbofan.
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.
The relaunched Singapore Airshow will stage its first event at a brand-new venue from February 19 to 24.
Enthusiasm over a near 50-percent year-over-year jump in passenger traffic had reached a climax early in the summer of 2006 at Beirut Rafik Hariri International Airport when, in an instant, on July 13 Israeli bombs shattered and set ablaze all the good feelings along with vast chunks of runway and the airport’s main fuel tanks.