This post is dedicated, with deepest sympathies, to all the families and friends of the 239 passengers and crew of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370.
With Deepest Sympathies
The inaugural Aviation Safety Competition (ASC) is targeted at high school, polytechnic and university students to interest them and to help the Singapore aviation sector in ‘Building The Next Generation of Aviation Professionals‘. It is such a sad coincidence that we, the 8 judges, have to do our final judging of the ASC entries during this time when no fewer than 26 countries are actively searching for the missing MH 370 flight operated by Malaysia Airlines.
The search to locate and find the Boeing 777 jet is into its 12th day now, making it the longest search period for finding a missing jet. The jet was off radar in the early hours of the 8th of March, barely an hour after its takeoff from Kuala Lumpur on its scheduled flight to Beijing.
On behalf of my fellow judges and the co-organisers – the Singapore Institute of Aerospace Engineers (SIAE) and the Singapore Space and Technology Association (SSTA) – I extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the 239 passengers and crew of flight MH 370. Let us not add and inadvertently ‘viralised’ the numerous speculations that are being circulated over the internet.
Industry Visit to Airbus Helicopters
Air Accident Investigation
It is perhaps ironic that the theme of our ASC 2013 competition is Air Accident Investigation. Students who signed up (in teams of three to five) for the competition were invited to a series of lectures and industry visits. Our objective was to give them insights into the complex world of aviation and the challenging careers in aviation. Each participating team was invited to submit an essay on a case study after they were given the opportunity to learn about :
* Aircraft and airport operations : Participants attended lectures on the theory of flying, working of modern aircraft systems, navigation aids, communication in the airways, ground handling and weather
* Air Accident – Case studies: Accident statistics, factors contributing to air accidents, technology contribution to aviation safety and Human Factors studies
* Forensic Processes : How air accident investigations are organised. National, legal and cultural issues in handling air accidents
* Aviation Safety : Highlight the vulnerability of aircraft operation, flight and ground safety procedures and Human Factor training. Man-Machine-Environment Model of aviation safety.
Building the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals
Enhancing Global And Regional Aviation Safety
The rapid growth of air travel is contributing to the increasing demand for new air planes, pilots, cabin crew, engineers and other technical aviation professionals. Airports and airways in the sky are becoming more congested. The recent formation of the Air Traffic Management Research Institute (ATMRI), jointly established by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), is devoted to Air Traffic Management (ATM) Research and Development. Its role is to support the long term modernization for Singapore ATM and making contributions to global and regional aviation safety.
Have a safe flight.
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