The Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) and Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) last week signed an agreement to jointly organize an annual meeting geared toward raising aviation safety standards in the Asia-Pacific region. Scheduled to launch later this year, the Asia-Pacific Summit for Aviation Safety (APSAS) will bring together aviation professionals—including regulators, operators, manufacturers, and maintenance providers—in the region to discuss aviation safety challenges and objectives.
While the inaugural summit will be held in Singapore in the second half of this year, in subsequent years the summit venue will alternate between Singapore and another country in the region. “APSAS will be an extension of the Singapore Aviation Safety Summit, which CAAS and FSF have jointly sponsored since 2015, to reflect its greater scale and reach," organization officials said.
“As the aviation sector emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic, aviation safety must be the bedrock of aviation recovery,” said CAAS director general Han Kok Juan. “Currently, safety standards and practices vary. The new annual summit will provide a platform to share best practices and uplift overall safety standards in Asia-Pacific.”
FSF president and CEO Hassan Shahidi added, “With the tremendous growth anticipated in the Asia-Pacific region, the time is right to have a dedicated regional collaborative forum for aviation safety. FSF is pleased to work with CAAS to make this a reality and to continue to drive aviation safety.”