The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) disclosed the signing of several pacts, emphasizing the country’s commitment to updating and making global civil aviation operations more efficient.
Arguably the most significant agreement that was finalized was the one involving Singapore and the United States, which signed a revised Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement–Implementation Procedures for Airworthiness (BASA-IPA).
The said pact is expected to further deepen the long established lines of cooperation between the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the CAAS.
The updated BASA-IPA comes after the launch held last December of the U.S.-Singapore Joint Aviation Steering Committee (JASC), which was made to manage and guide technical collaboration between the FAA and CAAS on concerns involving international aviation safety, regional cooperation and development, air traffic management (ATM), environment, and cybersecurity.
The amended BASA-IPA also has an expanded scope of permissible modifications and repairs beyond just cabin interiors, and would lessen redundant certification requirements for design endorsements from both the U.S. and Singapore, providing significant time and cost savings.
“Through many years of working together, both sides have enjoyed a strong relationship anchored on mutual trust and confidence in technical competence,” stated CAAS Deputy Director-General, Tay Tiang Guan.
The FAA’s Acting Deputy Administrator Carl Burleson also said:
“The FAA values our strong U.S.–Singapore bilateral relationship, and we look forward to continued collaboration as we enhance our efforts this year through the development of the FAA-CAAS Joint Aviation Steering Committee.”
Other initiatives aimed at advancing air traffic management are:
CAAS, Singapore Electronics Limited and GomSpace inked a research partnership agreement geared at applying space-based Very High Frequency (VHF) communications for air traffic management.
CAAS and the Mitre Corporation revealed the expansion of their collaboration, which seeks to use Artificial Intelligence to improve ATM.
The Singaporean authority has also instituted a partnership with the European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation (EUROCONTROL) to develop ATM in Singapore and Europe.
Under a tripartite agreement inked at the airshow, CAAS, the UK’s NAT and Airways New Zealand would collaborate to improve on-time performance of long haul air traffic, by facilitating arrivals over greater distances.