Left: Kenny Khoo | Right: Phua Jia Kai
From operating advanced machinery to protecting the people you love, a career with the RSAF allows you to make a real difference. It really is time to let your dreams take flight.
By Farhan Shah
Many years ago, there were two young boys who wanted to pursue their love for aviation. They found it with the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF).
For 30-year-old Major (MAJ) Kenny Khoo, his fascination with aviation sprouted when he witnessed the RSAF Black Knights in action. Singapore’s military aerial aerobatics team, the Black Knights are a group of elite pilots who perform daring manoeuvres in the air.
The second young boy was Captain (CPT) Phua Jia Kai. “The culture and image of the RSAF as a dynamic and professional organisation, with that extra bit of ‘cool’ appealed to me,” the 27-year-old reveals.
With this resolve firmly in mind, the duo signed on the dotted line of their respective scholarships without any hesitation. CPT Phua, a recipient of the SAF Overseas Scholarship, went to the London School of Economics & Political Science to major in Government and Economics. Thereafter, he travelled over the Atlantic Ocean to Harvard University for his Master’s degree in Arts & Social Sciences.
As for MAJ Khoo, he decided to take an unconventional route, studying Aeronautical Engineering at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) instead. “One of the reasons I decided to study at the ADFA was to experience the military culture of another country. I’m glad I took this route; the regimentation that I experienced in the Academy has instilled in me a sense of discipline and independence that is absolutely crucial to succeed in life,” MAJ Khoo says.
In The Beginning