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Singapore Aviation Academy inks MOU with MITRE Aviation Institute to Enhance Collaboration in Specialised Aviation Training and Development - 3 Dec 2008

The Singapore Aviation Academy (SAA), a training arm of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with MITRE Aviation Institute (MAI) to enhance collaboration in training, knowledge exchange and joint research projects in areas such as aviation safety, aviation security, aviation project management and systems engineering, and air navigation service provision.  The MOU was signed by Mr Goh Chin Ee, Director (SAA) and Mr Robert Humbertson, Director (MAI), and witnessed by Mr Lim Kim Choon, CAAS Director-General and Chief Executive Officer, as well as senior representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration.

CAAS and MITRE Corporation have a history of fruitful collaborations over the years that have included technical consultancies provided by MITRE on runway capacity planning and air navigation service provision.  The MITRE Corporation is an established United States government sponsored research and technical consultancy institution, and works closely with FAA on research and development in aviation systems development and security.  MITRE Corporation works through MAI to offer training in air traffic services, aviation safety and security among other areas.  The MOU will allow SAA and MAI to further enrich the breadth and appeal of joint training programmes and shared expertise on trends and developments in aviation.

In his address during the MOU signing, Mr Lim Kim Choon said, "SAA is fortunate to have found a collaboration partner of MITRE's caliber and insights. MITRE's expertise across a broad range of technological and systems engineering fields can be put to good effect in MAI-SAA joint programmes. The signing of this MOU reaffirms the commitment of both SAA and MAI in promoting international human capital development in aviation."

To kickstart SAA's first collaboration with MAI, SAA will be hosting a MITRE-conducted seminar on "Airport Airspace Design and Capacity and CNS-ATM Harmonisation Initiatives" on 10 December 2008.  The seminar covers an overview of the major issues and challenges faced by airport and air traffic control managers in meeting increasing traffic, implementing new technology and achieving environmental targets.

About SAA: The Singapore Aviation Academy (SAA) is the training arm of CAAS and was founded in 1958.  Over the past 50 years, SAA has established itself as a renowned centre of learning in aviation and is continuously introducing new programmes to address the needs of aviation professionals at all stages of their careers.  In 2000, SAA was conferred the prestigious Edward Warner award by the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) for its eminent contribution as a centre of excellence in international civil aviation training. To date, SAA has trained almost 45,000 participants from 190 countries.  SAA is made up of four specialised schools - School of Aviation Management, School of Civil Aviation Safety and Security, School of Air Traffic Services and School of Airport Emergency Services. 

About MITRE Corporation: The MITRE Corporation is a not-for-profit organisation chartered to work in the U.S. public interest. As a national resource, MITRE applies its expertise in systems engineering, information technology, operational concepts, and enterprise modernisation to address the needs of the U.S. government, as well as external project sponsors. MITRE manages three U.S. Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs): one for the Department of Defense (known as the DoD Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence FFRDC), one for the Federal Aviation Administration (the Center for Advanced Aviation System Development), and one for the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (the Center for Enterprise Modernization). MITRE also has its own independent research and development program that explores new technologies and new uses of technologies to solve their sponsors near-term and future challenges.

Established (like SAA) in 1958, MITRE was formed through the transfer of several hundred employees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Lincoln Laboratories to MITRE to create new technology for the U.S. Department of Defense. The company expanded in 1963 after the Federal Aviation Administration gave the company systems engineering responsibility for the projected National Airspace System. MITRE continued to expand as it took on new challenges for new customers, always focused on serving the public interest. Its work in information technology led to the formation of an FFRDC for the Internal Revenue Service in 2000, which now provides enterprise modernisation support to numerous government agencies. Over the years, the company has continued to evolve to meet the changing needs of its sponsors by providing top-notch engineers and scientists experienced in a wide range of technologies.

About MAI: The mission of MAI is to provide technical and professional development opportunities to internal MITRE staff and the worldwide aviation community. MAI is a focal point for the synthesis of a broad spectrum of MITRE’s accumulated aviation expertise. MAI aims to deliver a unique learning experience designed to help cultivate an industry-wide collaborative culture. MAI offers instruction in several core disciplines employed in designing and operating the U.S. National Airspace System (NAS) and other airspace systems, as well as policies and procedures from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). MAI’s areas of instruction include CNS-ATM, safety, security, and airport planning and operations. MAI Courses are offered through executive briefings, short courses, seminars, conferences and workshops. Each offering, both internal and external, is coordinated with the FAA.

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