Behind the Scenes

The CAAS was restructured in July 2009 with more focused roles to develop Singapore as a global air hub and aviation centre of excellence.

By Jannelle Lau

Aviation plays a key role in Singapore’s economic development. Singapore is renowned for the world’s most awarded airport, an enviable air-safety record, a respected centre for aviation training and a strong aviation industry. The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has an integral part to play in all the above. The authority’s raison d’etre is to develop the air hub and aviation industry in Singapore, expanding Singapore’s links to the rest of the world.

To ensure that it is well placed to meet the challenges of tomorrow, CAAS takes a pro-active approach in ensuring that policies are aligned with international best practices, and that safe and efficient aircraft operations is a top priority. CAAS also aims to contribute actively to the development of international aviation and promote Singapore as a centre for aviation capabilities, knowledge and talent.

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Clear Skies Ahead with CAAS

Flying is often said to be safer than driving – Ang Eng Kiat’s job is to ensure it stays that way.

By Azhar Jalil

Mix high passenger volumes with a crowded airspace and it is easy to appreciate the part Ang Eng Kiat plays in keeping the sky over Singapore safe. In the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), Eng Kiat is an assistant airworthiness manager responsible for the oversight on safety issues related to aircraft operations and maintenance activities.

“We’re the people who conduct audits and inspections on aircraft and organisations to ensure high levels of safety, while Singapore continues to grow as a vibrant air hub and civil aviation system,” the 26-year-old explains.

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