Category Archives: Singapore

RAF Seletar Association has a new home

RAF_Seletar_CrestThe official website of the RAF Seletar Association now incorporates RAF Tengah Association and can be found at http://www.rafseletar.org

This website is designed to help keep alive the memories of service personnel and others lucky enough to have served at RAF Seletar Singapore which was an active RAF station from 1928 through to 1971. Membership is open to all Service and civilian personnel, including their families and relatives, who served at Seletar, Tengah, and any associated units on the Island of Singapore. This includes past and present personnel of the Singapore Armed Forces.

Rolls Royce expands

Today in the Straits Times

When the projects are completed in a few years, Rolls-Royce, which now employs about 1,400 people here, will increase its head count to 2,000, its regional director, Singapore, Mr Jonathan Asherson told The Straits Times on Tuesday.

Still a long way to the 10,000 ‘new jobs’ EDB promised when it embarked on the Seletar Aerospace Hub/Park programme…

Rolls Royce expands

Seletar Fuel Depot

As reported by Ven Sreenivasan in Business Times on June 4th, 2009

Redevelopment of the 300-hectare Seletar Aerospace Park is on schedule despite a slump in the global aviation industry. JTC Corp’s CEO Ow Foong Pheng said the developers of the aerospace park, led by JTC, would press on with infrastructural works to ensure that they are ready for customers’ operations as soon as the economy picks up. She was speaking at the groundbreaking of a new $6 million jet fuel depot on a 1.07 ha plot adjacent to the extended runway at the West Camp area ..

No new tenants in sight?

A looming global recession cannot be cheerful news if you are trying to sell to the aviation industry. ‘Build them and they will come’ may no longer be a viable strategy…

I wonder if bus tours were part of the original plan. From the AmCham website:

September 12, 2008 – Members from the Aerospace Defense Committee boarded a coach bus to learn more about Seletar Aero+sPace. The driving tour of the air base was led by our tour guides Celine Yeo, Marketing Manager of JTC Corporation and Chan Ying Xuan, Assistant Head, Transport Engineering for the Economic Development Board (EDB). On the driving tour the committee learned about the details of the new aerospace park being developed at Seletar. Ms. Yeo explained how JTC will carry out master-planning and infrastructure improvements for Seletar Aero+sPace, in consultation with other government agencies. The committee also learned of plans to transform Seletar into a site that will support aerospace Maintenance Repair Overhaul (MRO), design and manufacturing of aircraft systems and components, business and general aviation activities and an aviation campus for the training of pilots, aviation professionals and technical personnel.

Rumblings over Seletar hub’s goals as reported at the Singapore AirFreight Directory on 28th September 2008.

But serious questions have recently arisen about whether the initial objectives of developing a business aviation hub may have shifted, albeit slightly. More critically, doubts have arisen – at least in the minds of many incumbent operators at Seletar – about whether officials responsible for the project understand business aviation. There have been rumblings within the Seletar aviation community about poor communications and consultations by officials.

The final stretch

It has been a strange summer. On the one hand, making the most of our final days here at Seletar has been motivating some residents to continue with nature walks, art festivals and bonhomie. On the other hand, as the clock ticks louder, a strange apathy is enveloping us.

Some of our neighbours have moved out in anticipation of the eviction deadline of 31st December 2008. The rest of us have plans that do not include Singapore in the long term, so moving out will be goodbye in many aspects. Right now, the logistics of moving out are keeping us busy. We do not yet know how Postcards from Seletar will morph after January 2009, except that it will continue to have a life. Your suggestions, as always, will be appreciated.

Suffice to say that as we watch the F1 race in Singapore right now, recent analysis of its genesis point to some potential similarities with Seletar Aerospace Hub Park. As the Financial Times reports:

The government predicts that F1 will increase tourism spending by $100m a year, with half of the 100,000 people attending the event coming from abroad…… However, only three of the 11 trackside hotels are fully booked in spite of predictions that demand would be strong.

Accountability, wherefore art thou?

While the affluent are partying on Singapore’s Gold Coast in the south, increasing numbers are seeking food aid in the towering public housing projects that dominate the landscape in the northern half of the island.Ngiam Tong Dow, an influential former senior civil servant, has criticised the government for helping finance the F1 event. The government will assume 60 per cent of the S$150m annual cost to host the race for the the next five years and he says the money would be better spent helping the poor.

Indeed.

Fuel prices take toll on aviation industry

From The Times on July 14

More than $100 billion (£50.2 billion) of aircraft orders could be cancelled or postponed in the next couple of years as the high price of fuel drives airlines into bankruptcy or forces them to cut spending.

Analysts estimate that 20 to 30 per cent of the $530 billion order backlog held by Boeing and Airbus, the aircraft manufacturers, could be cancelled or delayed as the aviation industry heads towards a winter of turmoil. These cancellations would have a significant impact on aerospace suppliers such as Rolls-Royce, the engine maker.

World’s airlines say they face $2.3bn loss

According to The Times

The global airline industry has downgraded its forecast for this year for the third time and now is predicting losses in 2008 of $2.3 billion (£1.1 billion) because of sustained high oil prices.The International Air Transport Association (IATA), which represents airlines, also said that if oil prices stayed at $135 a barrel, the losses could worsen to more than $6 billion.

Wonder if this will have any impact on plans for Seletar Aerospace Hub Park?

Ducks, snails and space tourism

No earthquake related tremors in Seletar, we seem to miss out on some of these excitements. Some news/discussion worth passing on:

The ‘Great Singapore Duck Race’ has make a comeback this year, which could very well be the last duck race in Singapore because the Singapore River will be developed into a reservoir as part of the Marina barrage project – more from YeinJee

Spotted a pale snail in the garden this morning, reminded me of something on Budak’s site about yellow snails. The one in our garden was not so fancy, just the normal garden snail, looking washed out. Maybe partying too hard ;)

Space Tourism Firm Short on Funds, Partners for Singapore SpaceportMore than a year after the project was first announced, U.S. company Space Adventures Ltd. said Tuesday it was still seeking local partners and financing for a Singapore-based spaceport to launch suborbital tourism flights. An apt reminder that business plans alone do not define reality.

The latest focus of Brand That Nation!— tip sheet for countries that may or may not be considering new branding campaigns and that just might want to improve their image in the U.S. travel market, where simple, easy-to-remember slogans are key. Suggestions for Singapore include the cheesy “Follow the Rules and the Only Cane You’ll See is Sugar”

Singapore eyes nanotech ‘city-state’ approach at ICBN – In an attempt to move nanotechnology research and development forward, Singapore Foreign Minister George Yeo says his country must begin to emulate an Italian renaissance city-state.

JTC’s web page on Seletar

As updated on 19th January 2007

” JTC will carry out master-planning and infrastructure improvements for the Seletar Aerospace Park, in consultation with other government agencies. The proposed aerospace park will take into account Seletar’s rich aviation heritage and character. It will support a new integrated aerospace industry cluster incorporating the following activities:

  • aerospace MRO
  • design and manufacturing of aircraft systems and components
  • business and general aviation activities
  • an aviation campus for the training of pilots, aviation professionals and technical personnel.”

Spotted Wood Owl

Strix seloputo

These are fairly large predators, with body length of 25-35 cms, 1 meter wingspan, and weigh up to 1 kg. Their diet consists of small mammals like flying squirrels, wood rats, mice, voles and also some birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects. They hunt mainly at night by swooping down from a higher perch.

These owls usually nest in a cavity, old stick nest, or clump of debris in trees. The female lays 2 – 4 eggs, which are incubated for 30 days. The chicks start moving out of the nest at 5 weeks and learn to fly at 6 weeks of age.

Spotted owls are closely tied to old-growth forests for nest and roost sites and the prey animals that live in this habitat. They are one of the few owls that have dark colored eyes. Most owls have eyes colored from yellow to red-orange.

Their call is distinctive – they emit a loud and powerful coughing sound somewhat like the barking of a dog.

Parakeets

11. Drongo Cuckoo

Surniculus lugubris WV

12. Asian Koel

Eudynamys scolopacea C/RB

13. Lesser Coucal

Centropus bengalensis C/RB

14. Rose-ringed Parakeet

Psittacula krameri U/IRB

15. Red-breasted Parakeet

Psittacula alexandri C/IRB

16. Long-tailed Parakeet

Psittacula longicauda C/RB

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<li> Black-nest Swiftlet Collocalia maxima C/RB</li>
<li> Edible-nest Swiftlet Collocalia fuciphaga C/RB</li>
<li> House Swift Apus nipalensis C/RB</li>
<li> Rock Pigeon Columba livia A/IRB</li>