Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Asia Hosts Top Aviation Leaders for First-Ever AviAsian Conference

What will the aviation and aerospace industry look like in 2030? This question was the focus of Singapore-based Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Asia first-ever professional conference, AviAsian 2018, which brought together leaders from academia, industry, government and other sectors.

The conference, which drew more than 80 participants, was organized to serve aviation leaders working in the fields of air traffic control, airport management, airline management, fire science, aerospace and occupational safety, human factors psychology, accident investigation and many other areas.

Hosted in collaboration with the Singapore Aviation Academy and sponsored by the Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore) and Haite Aviation Training - Singapore, the conference program addressed issues ranging from crew and general resource management, to current aviation problems and solutions, and how best to recruit more underrepresented groups into aviation and aerospace.

“We were tremendously honored to be joined at our first conference of this type by many of the most respected leaders in the aviation and aerospace fields,” said Prof. Graham Hunt, vice chancellor and head of Asia for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Asia. “It is a privilege to partner with exemplars of the field.”

Participant Laurence Chin, country manager of Singapore for United Airlines and a member of the board of advisors for Embry-Riddle – Asia said: “I was greatly honored to be a part of the panel at the inaugural AviAsian Conference 2018 alongside industry veterans. It has been a joy sharing my experience with the future aviation professionals in Singapore, and a pleasure discovering new insights from fellow aviation industry experts.”

Thomas Pellegrin, assistant director for airport, passenger, cargo and security consulting the International Air Transport Association (IATA), shared these thoughts: “The IATA and Airports Council International (ACI)’s joint NEXTT vision brings together transformative concepts for the passenger and cargo journey. Working with stakeholders, the overall goal is to ensure the transport of passengers, baggage and cargo benefits from the latest technology developments to improve customer experience, reliability, and efficiency, over the next two decades and beyond.”

Sujiv Nair, Chief Executive Officer - Telangana Academy for Skill and Knowledge (TASK) noted in his closing remarks that, “The AviAsian conference 2018 helped open the minds of the delegates on future potential and growth in the aviation and aerospace sector for the Asia Pacific Region. It was a true reflection of collaborative efforts between Singapore Aviation Academy, Association of Aerospace Industries and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Asia.”

So, what will the aviation and aerospace industries look like in 2030? Hunt said that some key conference take-aways were the innovative ideas, new technologies such as virtual reality and regional government initiatives that will enable the Asian region to address the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Media Contact:

Matthew Flaherty, Executive Director, Enrollment & Campus Operations, Adjunct Instructor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Asia,, +65-6933-9582 (office) // +65-9635-2404 (mobile) – please note that these numbers are in the Sinapore timezone.



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