New Changi Aviation Gallery Opens to Public

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Friday, 12 February 2010

A new Changi Aviation Gallery opens today at Changi Airports Terminal 2 (Level 3), providing aviation enthusiasts and members of the public with interesting insights into Changis ground operations and the eventful history of aviation in Singapore. Visitors will also have a close-up view of aircraft on the airport tarmac.

Covering a size of approximately 570 sqm the Changi Aviation Gallery is a multi-sensory zone with hands-on interactive displays that will intrigue both young and old alike. Admission to the gallery, open throughout the day, is free.

Mr Foo Sek Min, Changi Airport Groups Executive Vice President, Airport Management, said, Changi Airport has welcomed millions of visitors over the years, many of whom come just to witness activities at the airport. We hope that the Changi Aviation Gallery will further engage them and enhance their experiences through a fun and enjoyable learning environment.

The Changi Aviation Gallery has eight islands of information with display panels covering a spectrum of topics including many of the on-the-ground activities that take place at the airport, such as passenger facilities, aircraft landing and take-off, baggage handling, horticulture, environment-friendly measures, staff working at the airport, and emergency and rescue services.

 And, not for those shy about their weight, there is even a bench which doubles up as a large weighing scale to illustrate how baggage tonnage is measured by ground handlers at Changi Airport.

For greater visual impact, the gallery is decked out with more than 600 miniature aircraft hanging from the ceiling, giving visitors a sense of the number of flights handled at Changi Airport every day. On the walls, there is a photographic display of the many models of aircraft that Changi hosts, ranging from the common types such as the Boeing 777, Airbus A320 to the A380 and more unusual MD11F and GLEX.

 Besides aircraft, visitors can learn more about the various ground vehicles that are only found in airports, such as the passenger mobile steps, lavatory trucks and refuelling trucks. There is also a corner where the major cities connected to Changi are displayed according to its distance from Singapore.

In addition to the interactive and information display panels, the gallery provides ample resting spaces for visitors to observe aircraft and activities on the tarmac comfortably. A sister gallery featuring in-the-air aspects of Changi Airport, such as air cargo and in-flight meals, is being planned at Terminal 3 and will open later this year.

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