SAA Alumni Gathering @Zambia, 12 November 2014 On 12 November 2014, SAA held its 4th alumni gathering in Africa in conjunction with the 5th CAAS-AFCAC Onsite Programme - Flight Operations Inspectors Course in Lusaka, Zambia.
Hosted by Mr Allan Tang, Principal Training Specialist, SAA, the gathering saw over 60 alumni and course participants gathered to renew their friendships and strengthen bonds.
SAA Cultural Night 2014 This year, SAA celebrated our 20th anniversary of Cultural Night, which has been an annual tradition of SAA since its debut in 1994, to celebrate friendships beyond borders.
As part of the “SAA Experience” to enrich the learning experience of course participants outside the classrooms, the event gave them a glimpse of Singapore’s multi-racial cultures and traditions, as well as providing them the opportunity to interact and network with their fellow peers.
Overseas trainees were treated to local delights such as satay, popiah and traditional malay kuehs and a sumptuous international buffet dinner while watching cultural performances by staff and course participants from countries like Cambodia, Zimbabwe and Mauritius. The event ended on a high note, with Mr Soh Poh Theen, Deputy Director-General (ANS) of Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) joining everyone to sing the all-time favourite finale song “We are the World” which truly depicts SAA.
SAA Alumni Gathering @ Sri Lanka, 8 May 2014 On 8 May 2014, SAA brought together some 30 alumni from Sri Lanka for a gathering in Colombo. Organised as part of SAA’s efforts to engage with overseas course participants, our alumni reminisced and rekindled their ties over a sumptuous seafood buffet at Hilton Hotel. The event was hosted by Mr Yap Ong Heng, Director-General of CAAS, and co-hosted by Mr D M Parakrama Dissanayake, Senior Director, Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka.
Mr Yap recounted that the first batch of participants from Sri Lanka were ATCOs from then-Department of Civil Aviation, who attended the Primary ATC course in Singapore in 1967! Since then, SAA has welcomed more than 470 participants from the country. Mr Parakrama thanked SAA for organising the event and he looked forward to maintaining a warm relationship with SAA.
SAA Alumni Gathering 2013 – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia SAA held its 3rd alumni gathering in Africa on 4 November 2013 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Hosted by Deputy Director-General, Mr Tay Tiang Guan, the dinner gathered over 80 alumni at Bole Ambassador Hotel.
The gathering was held in conjunction with the 4th AFCAC-CAAS onsite “Safety Management Systems Implementation Seminar” on 4 - 8 November 2013, and included participants attending the seminar.
It was a memorable evening for both alumni and CAAS/SAA staff to get together, allowing us to renew friendships and strengthen bonds.
SAA Alumni Gathering 2013 - Beijing, China On 18 August 2013, SAA organised an alumni gathering in Beijing, China. Dr Michael Lim, D(SAA) hosted alumni of the China-Singapore Civil Aviation Scholarship Programme.
The Scholarship Programme was jointly established by Singapore and China in 2003 to strengthen collaboration in civil aviation, and has seen more than 80 scholars from China Civil Aviation Authorities, Air Traffic Management Bureau, airlines, airports and civil aviation research institutes.
Alumni Gathering @ China, 18 Aug 2013
SAA Alumni Gathering 2013 - Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea Over 70 participants came together at Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on 3 September 2013 for a SAA alumni gathering hosted by Mr Kang Huei Wang, Head, School of Aviation Safety and Security .
This is part of the “SAA Experience” to enrich the learning experience of course participants outside the classrooms. It gave them a glimpse of Singapore’s multi-racial cultures and traditions, as well as providing them the opportunity to interact and network with their fellow peers.
Overseas trainees were treated to local delights such as satay, kacang puteh and teh tarik and a sumptuous international buffet dinner while watching cultural performances by staff and course participants from countries like Estonia, Guyana, Pacific Islands and Nepal. The event ended on a high note, with Mr Yap Ong Heng, Director-General of Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) leading everyone to sing the all-time favourite finale song “We are the World”.
SAA Lion City Tour - 24 July 2013 On 24 July 2013 Wednesday, SAA organised a “Lion City Tour” for over 120 course participants from more than 30 countries.
As part of the initiative to provide a positive memorable “SAA Experience”, we enriched the learning experience of our participants, by giving them a glimpse of Singapore’s multi-racial cultures and traditions, as well as providing them the opportunity to interact and network with their fellow peers beyond the boundaries of the classroom ...
Chinatown was the first stop where participants were treated to different sights and sounds, including the unique architecture of shop houses street markets located at the small lanes of Chinatown.
After an hour of sight-seeing and shopping, Satay by the Bay was the next stop where participants got to sample famous local hawker fare such as Hainanese Chicken Rice, Prawn noodles and Satay.
After dinner, participants strolled along the Marina Bay admiring the scenic view of Singapore’s skyline at night while enjoying the cool breeze. To top it all off, they were treated to a 360° view at the top of Marina Barrage.
All in all, it was an evening full of good food, great bonding and warm smiles while experiencing Singapore’s night scenery at its very best!
(From top to bottom): Participants and SAA staff from Bus 3 posing for a “fun” group photo shot, Bus 4 participants taking a group photo in front of the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Participants enjoying our local delicacies for dinner at Satay by the Bay)
Alumni Events : 2012
SAA Lion City Tour – 22 November 2012 On 22 November 2012, SAA organised a “Lion City Tour” for over 150 course participants from more than 40 countries. The tour provided participants a unique perspective of Singapore’s culture and traditions while allowing them to interact and network with their fellow peers beyond the boundaries of the classroom.
Participants were first treated to a sumptuous dinner reception at SAA consisting of favourite local delicacies, where popular local dishes such as Laksa, Curry Chicken, Satay and Popiah were served . The tour provided participants a much needed night’s out, away from their books. During the first stop at Bussorah Street in Kampong Glam, participants were given opportunities to try their hands at traditional local games such as “Chaptek” and “Gasing”. Those who were more adventurous had their hands drawn with traditional Henna drawing designs. Besides the traditional activities, participants were also given ample time to visit the wide array of shops located at the Bussorah Street Pedestrian Mall and have a walk around the exteriors of the Sultan Mosque and the Malay Heritage Centre.
After having a great time at Kampong Glam, participants were then introduced to the colourful night scenes of Singapore’s city streets as the buses proceeded to tour around the Central Business District area passing by famous landmarks such as the Parliament House, the Padang, Civilian War Memorial, Esplanade and the Merlion Park.
The final stop of the tour brought participants to Marina Bay Sands where a magnificent view of the Singapore’s night skyline awaits them as they made their way down the marina promenade. The marina promenade provided participants an ideal backdrop for them to have both group and individuals photos taken. After spending most of the time taking postcard-worthy shots, participants were given some time to sit around the steps of the promenade to quietly admire the Singapore’s skyline at night.
To end off a wonderful night, the tour groups in each bus had group photo taken together with their tour guides and staff of SAA, as remembrance of the Lion City Tour. All in all, it was an evening full of good food, fun activities and laughter while experiencing Singapore at its very best
SAA Cultural Exchange Night – 23 August 2012 Following SAA’s tradition, the annual Cultural Exchange Night that will be held 6.30pm at the Sim Kee Boon Auditorium of SAA, celebrates friendships beyond borders and the confines of the classroom.
This event seeks to build stronger relationships with course participants, trainees, lecturers and staff, by providing an opportunity for you to interact in an informal setting. If you are around in Singapore during this time, do come and join us by first registering with us at firstname.lastname@example.org by 17 August 2012. Come dressed up in your traditional costume and join us on this fun-filled night with entertaining performances and sampling of local delicacies awaiting you!
SAA Cultural Tour – 12 July 2012 Join us for a night of fun cultural exchange – on the move! Keeping the cultural theme of our past cultural exchange nights, SAA will be holding our very first cultural tour.
Join us for a night of fun cultural exchange – on the move! Keeping the cultural theme of our past cultural exchange nights, SAA will be holding our very first cultural tour for all current international participants, alumni and friends!
Exploring popular sites such as Little India, Boat Quay and Marina Bay, the Cultural Tour is sure to be a night you won’t forget.
Integrated Safety Management Systems (ISMS) Course 10th Anniversary Dinner – 14 June 2012 The “Integrated Safety Management Systems (ISMS)” course is celebrating its 10th anniversary in June this year.
Since its inaugural in 2003, the programme has been conducted on a bi-annual basis and has trained more than 700 civil aviation professionals from 88 countries.
Alumni of this programme are invited to join us for the course’s 10th Anniversary Celebratory Dinner on 14 June 2012 at the Kallang Hall, Singapore Aviation Academy.
Alumni Events : 2011
Tea Reception for SAA alumni members in Nairobi, Kenya on 5 October 2011 SAA’s Assistant Director, Mr Teo Ser Foong, hosted a tea reception on 5 October 2011 for SAA alumni in the East African School of Aviation, Nairobi, Kenya.
The session provided participants with updates on the developments in SAA, such as a list of upcoming new training programmes and the receipt of the ICAO TRAINAIR PLUS certification. The Head of SAA’s School of Aviation Safety & Security, Mr Kang Huei Wang, also gave an update on global developments concerning aviation safety.
The tea reception was attended by approximately 30 alumni members, who feasted on the local snacks brought over from Singapore by the SAA team. It was a fruitful opportunity for our alumni to reminisce on their time in Singapore and to catch up with our SAA representatives. The tea reception was made possible by the support from our colleagues in the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority and the East African School of Aviation.
2011 Mid-autumn and Hari Raya Celebration on 14 Sep 2011 On 14 Sep 2011 evening, SAA held a Mid-autumn and Hari Raya Celebration. This informal event provided 80 international course participants, a unique “SAA experience”, in celebrating our different cultures and sampling traditional Hari Raya and Mid-Autumn delicacies.
After enjoying a scrumptious local cuisine, course participants entertained us by singing songs such as You Are My Sunshine, 月亮代表我的心 , 甜蜜蜜, Take Me Home Country Road. They also participated actively to solve riddles, an activity which traditionally forms part of the Mid-autumn celebration.
The night ended on high note with D(SAA) leading the course participants to carry brightly lit lanterns on an lantern trail across the courtyard under the lovely moonlight.
SAA's Annual Cultural Night – 21 July 2011 On the evening of 21 July 2011, SAA concurrently celebrated the 20th anniversaries of the Civil Aviation Management Programme (CAMP) and the Seminar on CNS/ ATM, during its annual Cultural Night event.
Since the inaugural runs in 1992, both programmes have been enhanced with new learning elements continually injected on the latest developments and initiatives in line with latest advances in technologies. In the last 20 years, CAMP has been attended by 857 participants from 116 countries while the Seminar on CNS/ATM has been attended by 967 participants from 89 countries. Tokens of appreciations were given out by DG of CAAS, Mr Yap Ong Heng to long-time lecturers of both programmes, as well as to the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs for providing fellowships for these programmes.
An annual tradition of SAA, the SAA Cultural Night is a time to celebrate friendships beyond borders, and beyond the confines of the classroom. This informal gathering provides an opportunity for our course participants, who come from all over the world, to share and learn more about each other’s ethnic and national cultures. Participants played cultural games and enjoyed the pre-dinner entertainment that included a snake-charmer’s performance, live Chinese orchestra and calligraphy while sampling local delicacies. Performances during the dinner included a costume parade showcasing 15 nationalities, a Palau welcome cheer, dances from Kenya, Samoa and Brunei, as well as an “SAA-Cinderella” skit by SAA staff. The evening ended on a high note with Mr Yap leading the finale song - “We are the World”.