Singapore’s aviation story is being showcased at
the Aviation Centennial Exhibition ‘Our Journey, Our Future’ at
The Exhibition, which is presented as an
aviation journal, is part of the year-long Singapore Aviation
Centennial Celebrations to mark 100 years of aviation in
The Exhibition, running from 8 August
to 31 October 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.
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.
Visitors can flip through iPads to find out how Singapore became
so connected to the world in “Opening Up The Skies” as well as
the many historical firsts in various aspects of Singapore
aviation. Through audio recordings, visitors can also 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.
those curious to know what goes on round-the-clock at Changi
Airport, “The Buzz Behind The Scenes” offer exclusive footages 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.
Exhibits of the Past and
On display are also artifacts, equipment and plane models. In
addition to a copy of the Colonial Air Navigation Order dating
back to the mid-1900s, tools used by air traffic controllers
and an IATA air ticket which is no longer in use, visitors may be
surprised to learn that Singapore manufactures meal carts that
fit in the cabin of an aircraft. There is also a model of
Airbus’ new concept plane on display, for the first time in
Asia. The transparent plane presents an idea of how an aircraft of
the future might look like.
Bristol Boxkite Biplane
Taking centre stage at the Exhibition is a
half-scale stainless steel replica of the Bristol Boxkite
biplane piloted by Mr. Joseph Christiaens that made the first
flight in Singapore on 16 March 1911, heralding the start of
aviation in Singapore.
Visitors have the opportunity to
participate in a contest to “Guess the weight of the Bristol
Boxkite Biplane”. The winning entry stands to win a pair of Singapore Airlines return economy tickets to Los Angeles.
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. Admission is free.br>
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