International Aviation Professionals in Singapore to Discuss Global Aviation Safety Challenges

01 November 2011

Singapore, November 1, 2011 – Together with conference host, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) welcomed all the attendees, exhibitors and sponsors to its 64th Annual International Air Safety Seminar (IASS) today. Mr Lui Tuck Yew, Minister for Transport and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs joined executive members of FSF to open the three-day seminar held at the Mandarin Orchard Singapore.

More than 300 international aviation experts and professionals have gathered in Singapore to attend the event. Over the next three days, aviation safety experts will present compelling studies and lead panel discussions on challenging and emerging topics across different aspects of aviation safety.

“CAAS is honoured to partner FSF in organising this international seminar. This key event in the aviation safety calender is a major platform for all stakeholders to keep abreast of and address pertinent safety trends and issues. This year’s seminar will no doubt further contribute to the aviation community’s shared goal of building a strong safety culture and maintaining the highest level of safety.” said Yap Ong Heng, Director-General, CAAS.

“The next three days promises to be filled with important and interesting safety information that will benefit all of the attendees. We’re especially pleased to provide some new features to IASS, including keynote speakers and panel discussions,” commented William R. Voss, President and CEO, FSF. “Working with CAAS, with the support of the Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau, has helped make this an extremely successful seminar and we anticipate a productive week for all of us.”

Programme Highlights

The 64th annual IASS programme will feature papers and discussions that examine some of the global aviation safety challenges today such as fatigue risk management, runway safety and pilot training.

A key highlight of this year’s IASS is the keynote address delivered by Captain Richard de Crespigny from Qantas Airways. The pilot in command of Qantas flight QF32 recounted his personal experience in the harrowing episode, sharing how his team fought to beat the odds and landed the distressed A380 aircraft in Singapore in November 2010. His address also underscored the valuable lessons learnt from this extraordinary experience.

Another highlight of this year’s programme will be the Leaders Forum. Led by William R. Voss, FSF President and CEO, this panel discussion session will include senior management of aviation authorities and airlines, who will share views on topical safety issues and challenges.

FSF will also be giving out five Aviation Safety awards on the opening day of the seminar.The awards are given to individuals, teams and organizations for their outstanding contributions towards risk reduction in aviation safety.

Flight Safety Foundation is an independent, non-profit, international organization engaged in research, education, advocacy and publishing to improve aviation safety. The Foundation’s mission is to be the leading voice of safety for the global aerospace community.


The Civil Aviation Authority of Singpore is a statutory board under the Ministry of Transport, Singapore. The mission of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) is to “Grow a safe, vibrant air hub and civil aviation system, making a key contribution to Singapore's success”. CAAS' roles are to oversee and promote safety in the aviation industry, develop the air hub and aviation industry, provide air navigation services, develop Singapore as a centre for aviation knowledge and training, and contribute to the development of international aviation.


For more information, please contact:

Emily McGee
Director of Communications
Flight Safety Foundation

Nadine Kang
Senior Executive (Corporate Communications)
Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore
Tel: (65) 6541 2085

Last Updated on 12 November 2019