Aviation experts from the international civil aviation community are in Singapore for the second meeting of the Singapore Aviation Academy's International Advisory Council (IAC). The meeting, being held from 9 to 10 May 2007 at SAA, will tap on the participants' expertise to help SAA chart its future direction. The meeting is chaired by Mr Raymond Lim, Minister for Transport and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs.
The IAC was set up to steer the SAA as a centre of excellence for aviation training. Its members include the Presidents of the Arab, African, European and Latin American Civil Aviation Commissions, the President of the International Federation of Air Line Pilots' Associations (IFALPA), the Director-General of Airports Council International (ACI), and academics Prof Dr Paul Dempsey, Director of the Institute of Air and Space Law, McGill University and air navigation expert Prof Brian O'Keeffe from the University of Canberra. The meeting will update the IAC members on recent initiatives and developments at SAA, and seek ideas from the IAC on what SAA can do in response to changing needs in the training of aviation personnel.
At the sidelines of the IAC meeting, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between CAAS and the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) yesterday. This MOU, signed by Mr Michel Wachenheim, President of ECAC, and Mr Wong Woon Liong, Director-General, CAAS, provides the framework for cooperation to promote the safe, orderly and sustainable development of international civil aviation. This will be done through regular exchange of information, joint development and organisation of training and consultation on safety and security issues affecting international civil aviation.
Enclosure: Fact sheet on SAA and IAC Members