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Singapore's Changi Airport Hosts Aviation Centenary Celebrations

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

10 August 2011

'Our Journey, Our Future', the Singapore Aviation Centennial Exhibition, was launched on August 8 at Changi Airport to mark 100 years of aviation in Singapore.

The government said that the Exhibition, running from August 8 to October 31, 2011, traces the rich historical journey of Singapore aviation, highlighting the big and small steps that have shaped the industry today.  “It also provides a deeper understanding of how aviation has contributed significantly to the Singapore economy, brought the world closer to Singapore, opened up infinite business and leisure opportunities, and transformed the nation into a global city,” a government statement said.

“Visitors can learn more about the thriving Singapore aviation ecosystem, how the various parts work together and how it is connected with life in Singapore.  Visitors are also offered a glimpse of the future of air travel and aviation, presented by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airbus."

'Our Journey, Our Future' offers visitors a multi-media view on the heritage of Singapore aviation. Through audio recordings, visitors can listen to personal accounts of aviation professionals, some of whom have been in the business for over 40 years, on how aviation has changed through the years, and their memorable experiences.

For those curious to know what goes on round-the-clock at Changi Airport, "The Buzz Behind The Scenes" offers exclusive footage of key activities such as air traffic control, aircraft maintenance, airport emergency services, air cargo and logistics, baggage handling, and inflight catering.

At "Flights of Fun", visitors can also try their hand at safely launching and landing a plane at the airport of one of the many cities that Changi Airport is connected to.

On display are also artifacts, equipment and plane models, including a copy of the Colonial Air Navigation Order dating back to the mid-1900s, and tools used by air traffic controllers. There is also a model of Airbus’s new concept plane on display, for the first time in Asia.  The transparent plane presents an idea of what an aircraft of the future might look like.

Lastly, taking centre stage at the Exhibition is a half-scale stainless steel replica of the Bristol Boxkite biplane, which made the first flight in Singapore in March 16, 1911, piloted by Joseph Christiaens, which ushered in the inception of the aviation industry in Singapore. A contest to "Guess the weight of the Bristol Boxkite Biplane" will see one visitor win a pair of tickets to Los Angeles from Singapore, flying with Singapore Airlines.

The Singapore Aviation Centennial Exhibition is held at Changi Airport, Terminal 3 Departure Hall, Row 11, and is open daily from 7.00 am to 11.00 pm, Singapore time, and admission is free.

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