The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) commissioned its next generation Airport Foam Tender Driving Simulator (AFTDS) at the Singapore Aviation Academy (SAA) today. The commissioning ceremony was graced by Mr Kevin Shum, Director-General of CAAS and Mr Lee Seow Hiang, Chief Executive Officer of Changi Airport Group (CAG).|
Several enhancements have been made to the current AFTDS, which was first commissioned in 2008, making it one of the most technologically advanced airport emergency simulator training systems in the Asia Pacific today. These include:
- Incorporating scenarios that provide a higher degree of realism.
By training with more realistic scenarios, including that of passengers evacuating from a burning aircraft, Airport Emergency Service (AES) officers can be better prepared to respond effectively to different challenging conditions in a safe and controlled environment.
- Connecting the AFTDS to three other fire truck driving simulators.
This feature helps to sharpen “command and control” skills by enabling more
team-based collaborative and interactive training. The new feature will also help to boost training capacity from 1,100 to 1,800 training sessions annually.
- Updated with the latest Changi Airport layout to enhance operational readiness.
With inclusion of the soon-to-open Terminal 4, the AES officers can familiarize themselves with T4’s roadway layout and ensure their readiness for operations at the terminal even before it is operational.
The next generation AFTDS will enhance two of SAA’s core airport emergency personnel training programmes, namely the Airport Fire Officers and Senior Airport Fire Officers courses, which are conducted twice a year. Together, the two courses have trained more than 1,600 local and foreign participants. In addition to the biannual runs of the courses, SAA conducts customised airport emergency personnel training programmes on request.
Mr Kevin Shum, Director-General of CAAS said, “Airport emergency services personnel must be ready to respond promptly and competently to emergency situations in order to ensure the safety of passengers. Through SAA, CAAS is committed to enhance the training and competency of airport emergency services personnel at Changi Airport as well as other airports.”
Mr Lee Seow Hiang, CEO of CAG said, “As air traffic continues to grow, so too must our capabilities in ensuring a safe and secure airport environment for the travelling public. The next generation simulator will help our AES officers sharpen their operational readiness when responding to aircraft emergencies. It marks yet another step towards maintaining the highest safety standards at Changi Airport.”
About the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS)
The mission of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) is to grow a safe, vibrant air hub and civil aviation system, making a key contribution to Singapore's success. CAAS' roles are to oversee and promote safety in the aviation industry, develop the air hub and aviation industry, provide air navigation services, provide aviation training for human resource development, and contribute to the development of international civil aviation.
For more information, visit www.caas.gov.sg
About the Singapore Aviation Academy (SAA)
Founded in 1958, the Singapore Aviation Academy (SAA) is the training arm of CAAS. Over the past 50 years, SAA has established itself as a renowned centre of learning in aviation. It currently conducts over 110 different programmes annually in aviation management, air traffic services, aviation safety and security, and airport emergency services to address training needs of aviation professionals at all levels. In 2000, SAA was conferred the prestigious Edward Warner Award by the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for its eminent contribution as a centre of excellence in international civil aviation training. To date, SAA has trained over 91,000 programme participants, of which 28,000 are international participants from more than 200 countries and territories.
For more information, visit www.saa.com.sg