As in 2012 I managed to attend the 2014 Singapore Airshow to check out the latest and greatest in Aviation as well as see the amazing aerobatic displays, here’s my review.
What is it?
Singapore Airshow is Asia’s largest and one of the most important aerospace and defence exhibitions in the world. In 2012, the third edition of the biennial show was its biggest ever, setting new records for value of deals announced at over US$31billion, a threefold increase from the previous event in 2010. With some 900 exhibiting companies from 50 countries, 274 official delegations from 70 countries and 44,801 professional visitors from all over the world, the Singapore Airshow is the place to be to tap into the immense business opportunities in Asia Pacific’s fast-growing markets – this is taken from the official Singapore Airshow website which has information for those thinking of attending the public days at the weekend: SG Airshow
What can you see:
There’s a very long list of exhibitors, including most of the major Aviation firms – Airbus, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Thales, Rolls-Royce, Safran, Pratt and Whitney, Honeywell to name just a few! Most of the exhibitors set themselves up in the main exhibition hall showing off their latest technologies and innovation to show off and entice customers.
Changi Airport Stand – Including information on Terminal 5 and Project Jewel:
The Airbus Group Stand – very busy all day:
The Rolls-Royce stand – great service and managed to grab a coffee for a break!
British Army Personnel talking about ST Electronics Innovations:
Some of the more unique stands including what looked like a computer game, a Hummer, and one of the themes of the Airshow this year UAV’s or Unmnned Aerial Vehicles.
There are lots of conferences and forums, most of them on either new technological developments or country specific talks, fr example investment in China. I didn’t attend these but if you go for a trade visit you can actually request meetings.
When I went to the airshow in 2014 I didn’t seem to notice so many aircraft but this time there seems to loads. A complete mix of corporate jets, passenger jets, military transports, helicopters (civilian and military), as well as small trainer aircraft. In addition to this there were a number of UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles).
The Singapore Airshow 2014 seemed to allow you to go in far more of the static exhibits that I remember in the 2012 Airshow which was great. My colleague and I decided to check out the RSAF Chinook, where to our surprise one of the crew gave us a briefing on the helicopter, but I have to say the seats weren’t too comfy!
This airshow featured a number of different displays the main being from the RSAF, who it is worth mentioning do not do aerobatic displays full time but put on a great display. In addition there were displays from the Indonesian airforce and from a Russin trainer aircraft (YAK)
This is one of the most interesting aircraft that you’ll ever see. It is half helicopter half plane as you can see from the video below (excuse the quality it was on a small compact!)
V-22 Osprey Hovering to the Crowd:
V-22 Osprey Changing from Vertical to Horizontal positions:
Airbus A350 – Star of the Show
The star of the show was the Airbus A350 powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, the most efficient aircraft engine in the world. It’s currently going through its testing/certification phase at the moment so the general public wasn’t able to go and have a look inside, but some VVIP’s were allowed to do so (not including me unfortunately!).
A350 doing a Flyby:
If you are intending on going n one of the public days please note that the A350 will not be on display as it goes back t its testing schedule. For information on tickets and the event in general please check out the Singapore Airshow Website. Really recommend it for a day out, especially if you have kids. Oh big mention – if you have time check out the Honeywell stand – great mosaic of instagram pictures!