A NEW ERA
LOOK AT THAT HORIZON, FOLLOW THAT RAINBOW,
GO RIDE IT”
Over these years, aviation has been an important socio-economic driver. Today, the sector supports some 65 million jobs and generates nearly USD 2.7 trillion in economic benefits globally. Air traffic has grown rapidly with airfares and freight charges falling, making air travel more accessible. The sector has been innovative, with aircraft design and engine technology enabling faster air travel, longer distances, with greater fuel efficiency. Aviation safety is at a record high with an all-time low accident rate. These positive developments in air transport have in turn promoted international connectivity, commerce, and cooperation.
Change and transformation are the future of aviation. International passenger traffic is projected to double to 7.8 billion passengers per annum by 2036. Policymakers, industry, and aviation workers will have to embrace technological advancements and innovations, such as artificial intelligence, big data, internet of things, and quantum computing, as well as the integration and intelligent designing of processes and procedures.
Therefore, our civil aviation community is pursuing innovation and technology to augment our capacity, safety, and operational efficiency. Innovation is occurring within the context of the larger National Smart Nation initiative, which seeks to build a leading economy powered by digital innovation and a world-class city with high quality of life for our people and social cohesion.
Singapore is investing hundreds of millions of dollars into the research and development of new innovation and technology to advance Air Traffic Management (ATM) for Singapore, the region, and the world. Some of the projects look into regional airspace capacity enhancement for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), regional Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM) for the Asia Pacific, and ground-breaking work in Unmanned Aircraft Traffic Management (UTM). Projects in the pipeline include open ATM systems, space-based Very High Frequency (VHF), and applying artificial intelligence for speech recognition and conflict resolution.
LOOKING, NIMBLE AND CONSTANTLY IMPROVING; TRUST-WORTHY
AND INCLUSIVE TO ACCOMMODATE AN EVER-EXPANDING
NETWORK OF STAKEHOLDERS WITH COMPLEX DEMANDS;
CONNECTED AND INTEGRATED GLOBALLY.”
Changi Airport is also pursuing improvements through technology and automation. Some of the initiatives being developed include the automation of baggage loading onto narrow body aircraft, automation of cargo and baggage sorting, and use of airside autonomous vehicles. Regulatory sandboxes are used for proof-of-concept trials conducted within controlled environments. Such trials include testing airside autonomous vehicles’ capabilities to navigate in the smaller operational environments of cargo and baggage sorting facilities before they are deployed to wider areas.
We take a proactive, calibrated, and customised approach to promote beneficial applications of Unmanned Aviation Systems (UAS) whilst mitigating the risks to safety and security. Singapore facilitates the growth of the UAS industry through multiple initiatives. This includes the designation of a drone estate for the testing of drone operations, co-funding the development and implementation of prototypes for innovative UAS operations in our urban environment, and collaborative policy-making with the industry such as for Beyond Visual Line-of-Sight requirements. As a member of the ICAO Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Panel, Singapore contributes to formulating globally-recognised Standards and Recommended Practices for international operations of unmanned aircraft, in areas ranging from UA pilot licensing, airworthiness, aircraft operations to air traffic management.
The environmental sustainability of air travel is a priority for Singapore. Our approach is to forge collaborations with air operators and other Air Navigation Services Providers (ANSPs) to develop innovative initiatives to address aviation emissions.
This means shorter queues for passengers, an improved passenger experience, and greater productivity. The newly opened Jewel Changi Airport is a hallmark of innovation which integrates nature and lifestyle with an airport. Passengers’ experience of dining in a terraced forest beside the world’s tallest indoor waterfall goes beyond that of a conventional airport.
Singapore Airlines has upheld the highest service excellence across the years by constantly innovating to remain at the forefront of the industry. Its new digital innovation lab, the KrisLab, was formally launched in early 2019 as a collaborative workspace for Singapore Airlines staff to co-innovate with external partners, start-ups, and incubators to adopt digitalisation and technology throughout its business operations. There is an ongoing study to use virtual reality technology to enhance the design process of future cabin concepts before implementation. Data analytics and artificial intelligence are also being explored for their possible applications to revenue management and predictive aircraft maintenance. These innovations allow Singapore Airlines to maintain its competitive advantage in providing the highest quality of passenger experience.
Building on the foundations of our global aviation system, with a healthy balance of openness and caution and the collective spirit of ICAO, we are confident that the aviation community will be able to come together as one. Leveraging on innovation, we can make this new era better and brighter for international civil aviation and future generations to come.
The SAA will continue to support the development of competencies for the global aviation sector, especially those in developing countries. To date, the SAA has trained over 129,000 personnel from 200 States and territories, of whom over 8,000 were awarded fellowships provided by the Singapore government. The Singapore Government has also set aside 600 fellowships and 40 scholarships under the Programme for Young Aviation Professionals for those below the age of 35 to take up leadership courses at the SAA. Memorandums of Understanding have been concluded with various regions to provide onsite training courses and fellowships that would cater to their specific needs. The responses to these programmes have been overwhelming – an encouraging sign for the future prospects of aviation.
ORDER THAT INTERNATIONAL CIVIL AVIATION MAY BE DEVELOPED IN A
SAFE AND ORDERLY MANNER AND THAT INTERNATIONAL AIR TRANSPORT
SERVICES MAY BE ESTABLISHED ON THE BASIS OF EQUALITY OF
OPPORTUNITY AND OPERATED SOUNDLY AND ECONOMICALLY.”
Rainbow framing the welcome salute at Changi Airport
Gardens by the Bay – Singapore’s innovative spirit at work
Smart Tower Technology - building blocks for the future of ATM
Changi Control Tower - connecting Singapore and the world