The Singapore Aviation Academy (SAA) opens its fourth specialised aviation training school. Officially opened this morning by Mr Lim Kim Choon, Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, the School of Civil Aviation Safety and Security will develop and conduct innovative aviation safety and security training programmes to meet the industry's training needs. The school is the first new school to be set up since the establishment of SAA's three other schools in 1992.
Speaking at the launch, Mr Lim said,"The setting up of the new School and the continued thrust of proactive programme development will add breadth and depth to the School's curriculum, bringing SAA a step closer to being a leading centre of learning in aviation safety and security." Mr Lim added,"The new School will also help advance SAA's facilitator role in the sharing of views and experience in aviation safety and security through the organisation of conferences and meetings. It has in its pipeline planned a number of major conferences to gather policy makers and professionals in the region and globally to address the latest challenges in safety and security."
The school will have, at its onset, sixteen specialised aviation safety and security programmes tailored for both local and overseas participants. These programmes are designed to address current topical subjects such as safety oversight, safety management system, aircraft accident investigation and, aviation security and risk management. The launch of the new school is timely given the International Civil Aviation Organisation's efforts to promote aviation safety and security of States and operators and the increased training demand in these areas.
At the sidelines of the launch, Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with renowned institutions were also concluded. An MOU between SAA and the Singapore Aeromedical Centre was signed, providing the platform to share, exchange expertise and collaborate on new training programmes concerning aviation medicine and aviation safety. CAAS and the Flight Safety Foundation also concluded an MOU to collaborate on the promotion of aviation safety through sharing of expertise and training.
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.