Three hundred government and industry leaders
from countries across Asia Pacific will gather in Singapore
in March, for an inaugural region-wide summit to discuss aviation
The global COVID19 pandemic has added unprecedented
challenges to aviation safety, including the availability and
proficiency of skilled personnel, the airworthiness of aircraft
returning to service from storage, familiarity with new procedures
and safety regime, culture and leadership in companies under
financial pressure to ramp up service.
Disruptive shifts in the aviation sector and the
emergence of new technologies such as artificial intelligence and
unmanned aviation systems, while creating exciting new
opportunities, also pose unique safety risks.
Aircraft with a damaged nose. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com
The three-day Asia-Pacific Summit for Aviation
Safety (AP-SAS) will discuss those safety challenges, why and how
safety incidents happen and initiatives to strengthen aviation
safety, including addressing human factors issues and leveraging
operational data and technology.
Keynote speakers include
prominent international aviation experts such as Stephen P.
Creamer, Director of the Air Navigation Bureau at the
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO);
Christopher Hart, former U.S. National Transportation Safety Board
(NTSB) Chairman; and Patrick Ky, Executive Director, European
Union Aviation Safety Agency.
Organised by the
Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and the Flight Safety
Foundation (FSF), the summit will be held at the Sands Expo and
Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands, from 22 to 24 March 2023.
Han Kok Juan, Director-General of CAAS, said, “Singapore is privileged and honoured to be able to develop, launch and co-organise this
region-wide summit with the Flight Safety Foundation. While
countries have their own national regimes, aviation is
cross-border and airlines operate across national boundaries;
region-wide cooperation is necessary to assure aviation safety.
The summit is timely as regulators, airlines, aircraft
manufacturers, air navigation service providers, aerodrome
operators and other aviation organisations grapple with safety
challenges and incidents with air traffic volume returning to
pre-pandemic levels. Our working together will help more
effectively assure the travelling public of aviation safety.”
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