Another Singapore Airshow brings another aerial duet from the local air arm. Last time, the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) paired a Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter with a Boeing AH-64 Apache in a novel fast-and-slow display. This time, an F-16 is in company with RSAF’s latest acquisition, the Boeing F-15SG Strike Eagle.
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Conversion of the old Seletar airfield (situated on the north of the island, about 25 minutes drive from Changi) into a modern aerospace complex continues here in Singapore. Phase two of the government-sponsored redevelopment is nearly finished, and four companies that have moved into new facilities are showing them off to airshow visitors and local guests this week.
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.
An all-new show site awaited visitors to Singapore for this year’s event. The Changi Exhibition Centre offers a host of advantages over the Asian Aerospace venue of years past. For one, the crowd is thrillingly close to the aerial display show line.
The warm breeze drifting across Singapore Seletar Airport brings a welcome respite from the midday heat in this island nation near the earth’s equator. At Jet Aviation Singapore, v-p and general manager Geoffrey Hopkins is anticipating a breeze of a different kind–a wind of economic recovery brought on by growing prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region.
The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) AH-64D Apache Longbow multirole combat helicopter prominently displayed at the entrance to Hall A is one of six that participated in the big do-it-yourself exercise in the U.S. last November. It is the first of three that have been reassigned from the RSAF training base in Arizona to No. 120 Squadron, marking the first-ever deployment of international Apaches in Asia.
Anyone who has studied the market for business aviation seriously in Asia accepts that its potential will take time to come to fruition, but that when it happens the scale of its growth should be substantial. Of all the western companies that have sought to tap this potential, Jet Aviation has firmly demonstrated its long-term commitment to the region.