Singapore, 21 February 2012 – ST Aerospace today broke ground to expand her presence at Singapore’s Seletar Aerospace Park (SAP). New additions include a purpose-built General Aviation (GA) aircraft hangar, simulator centre for pilot training, facilities for aviation technical training and a VIP facility for air charter customers. Costing an estimated $26m, the facilities are expected to be ready by the end of 2012. The investment value does not include the costs of fixed based training equipment and simulators that would eventually be sited at the facilities.
With a floor area of 3,960 sqm, the new GA hangar will double ST Aerospace’s current capacity to service business jets, helicopters and light aircraft. In total, ST Aerospace will be able to handle up to 24 GA aircraft and 11 narrow-body aircraft at any one time at its SAP facility.
The new GA hangar will hence serve to strengthen ST Aerospace’s maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) support for GA aircraft. The company’s track record for GA aircraft dates back 1975. It now supports a diverse range of GA aircraft, including business jets, helicopters and light aircraft. Besides serving third-party commercial customers, the new hangar will also support ST Aerospace’s growing fleet of air charter aircraft, which includes two Bombardier Learjets, two Beechcraft King Air C90, one Eurocopter EC120 and one Gulfstream G550 aircraft. With quality finishing and furnishings, the new GA hangar will also enhance the overall experience for VIP customers.
Apart from the new GA hangar, ST Aerospace has also leased a 23,100 sqm plot of land opposite its current site, which will be further developed to house a full suite of training and support facilities for its fast-growing commercial pilot and technical training businesses. The new facilities include a simulator centre that can house six full flight simulators and one full size fixed base simulator, as well as state-of-the-art computer-based training wired-up rooms for both Air Transport Pilot Licence and entry level ground training. Besides anticipating for growth, the suite of training facilities is also custom designed for the newly legislated Singapore Multi-crew Pilot Licence programme. The first Airbus A320 simulator will be ready for roll-in by the end of 2012.
Additionally, the new site will house a VIP lounge for ST Aerospace’s air charter customers, training facilities for aviation technical training and an administration building for its MRO management and support staff. Construction at this site will start in March 2012 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2012.
With the new additions, ST Aerospace will have the second largest footprint in SAP, taking up a total space of nearly 75,000 sqm. Its staff strength at SAP will be more than 1,000.
“ST Aerospace has a long and rich history in Seletar that dates back 1975. Over the years, our Seletar base has expanded beyond just providing aircraft MRO services to also include air charter and pilot training. This capacity expansion will strengthen our global capacity to better support our customers in the various areas of our core business.” ~ CHANG Cheow Teck, President, ST Aerospace
ST Aerospace (Singapore Technologies Aerospace Ltd) is the aerospace arm of ST Engineering. Operating a global MRO network with facilities and affiliates in the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe, it is the world’s largest commercial airframe MRO provider with a global customer base that includes leading airlines, airfreight and military operators. ST Aerospace is an integrated service provider that offers a spectrum of maintenance and engineering services that include airframe, engine and component maintenance, repair and overhaul; engineering design and technical services; and aviation materials and management services, including Total Aviation Support. ST Aerospace has a global staff strength of more than 8,000 engineers and technical specialists. Please visit www.staero.aero.
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