Message from SIAE President

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Dear Members, Fellow Aviation Professionals and Friends

A Happy New Year to everyone.

2014 has been an exciting year for us as we gathered resources for our New Direction. We managed to organise our regular SATEC conference with RSAF during Singapore Airshow and launched Aviation Safety Competition. We transformed the monthly social gathering with more technical talks in Café Aeronautique.

Much needed to be done in membership as we worked on a new constitution to cater to professionals in the other fields of Aviation. There are also resources needed to strengthen our admin. But our main challenge in the coming months remained: How can we make ourselves more useful to industry and relevant to our members?

While the Executive Committee is working very hard to get the activities moving in the new year, a Committee headed by Past President William Goh is working to bring back the glamour and pride of aircraft engineers in our 40th Anniversary Gala Dinner to be held on 15 May 2015. This ties in well with SG-50 and we will be honouring our pioneer members.

Be part of the celebration – contact us. If you had been a member and has lost contact with us over the years, please get in touch and play your part as pioneers. Your expertise and skills acquired over the pioneering years of aviation in Singapore will be very useful in our effort to build a strong aviation culture in Singapore.

As we watched in horror the events unfolding in 2014, with the Asia-Pacific region contributing significantly to aviation disaster statistics, one must reflect on how we can help to make future air travel safer? In our pioneering years, focusing on the reliability of the aircraft was sufficient as we leave the other aviation professionals in flight operations and air traffic management to complete the safety cycle.

Today, the situation has changed drastically. Management decisions became crucial to aviation safety. We need to build a strong aviation culture to ensure that EVERYONE in the industry understands the fundamentals of aviation safety.

Thank you and I wish everyone a new year of peace and prosperity and safe passage when you travel.

Lim Yeow Khee PBM
Hon F.SIAE, FRAeS, A/P (Adj) NTU
President, SIAE