• Sebastian Ng

Singapore Airshow 2020

Updated: Nov 21, 2020

An insight to the backend 24/7 rush that makes the Singapore Airshow a successful one, enter Apron Operations

The Singapore Airshow, a biannual event that has played a strong part in marking Singapore as a global leader in hosting MICE events is in its 7th installment. The Singapore Airshow has also, in the years past its infancy, brought along the reputation of being the largest Aviation Exhibition event in the Asian continent, significantly raising the bar for all airshows taking place abroad. It was a great honor to have been able to be a member of the Apron Operations team at SATS earlier this year at the Singapore Airshow 2020.


Before DORSCON Orange

Airshow Operations

Being a member of the apron operations

team has brought along multiple benefits, such as being able to interact with aircraft from all over the world, while also having the chance to photograph some of the static display aircraft that haven’t had barriers put up on yet, an experience not all gets to enjoy.

Part of my job involved preparing AHANs (Aircraft Handling Advice Notice) and GenDecs (General Declarations) for inbound and outbound airshow aircraft. It also meant I have had the privilege to be able to visit Changi Airbase (East) to assist and be a liaison to aircrew from all around the world.

In the days leading to the airshow, we learned that multiple exhibitors were pulling out of the Airshow at the last minute due to the COVID-19 situation in the Asian region. Among the many exhibitors that pulled out were aircraft manufacturer giants Airbus and Boeing.


The Build-up to the Airshow

Embraer's E195-E2 Profit Hunter

In the days leading to the airshow, we learned that multiple exhibitors were pulling out of the Airshow at the last minute due to the COVID-19 situation in the Asian region. Among the many exhibitors that pulled out were aircraft manufacturer giants Airbus and Boeing.


Flight Cancellations

After DORSCON Orange