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in Vol. 6 - September Issue - Year 2005
The FAA In Singapore






The FAA team in Singapore Mr David Smith -extreme right; Mr Adrian Fox - third from right

As everyone knows, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is a very large organization. Within the FAA organization, Flight Standards Service is one of the smallest services. The International Field Offices, or IFO, is part of the Flight Standards Service and has only 3 offices located outside of the United States.

As everyone knows, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is a very large organization. Within the FAA organization, Flight Standards Service is one of the smallest services. The International Field Offices, or IFO, is part of the Flight Standards Service and has only 3 offices located outside of the United States.

Singapore’s office was established at Changi Airport in 1991. It has geographic responsibility for the safety oversight of all U.S. Registered Aircraft and aviation activities in 26 countries of the Asia/Pacific region. Their primary focus is the certification and regulatory oversight of FAA approved Foreign Repair Stations. However the services provided go far beyond and include airmen, air carriers, air operators, aircraft airworthiness and aviation education. However, "Safety in Aviation" is the real purpose of the FAA worldwide mission. 
The Singapore IFO has an 11-person staff: Manager, seven Aviation Safety Inspectors serving as technical experts and 3 Administrative Specialists. The Inspectors assigned all have extensive experience working in the aviation industry as maintenance engineers. 
There are currently 110 FAA-approved foreign repair stations for which the FAA office in Singapore provides safety oversight for in the region and approximately 33 more who have applied for certification. Needless to say, this alone keeps everyone very busy.
Singapore IFO provides technical assistance to other civil aviation authorities (CAA) via the ICAO Regional Safety Teams. IFO in Singapore also provides oversight for the FAR 129, foreign carriers flying to the United States, such as Singapore Airlines and Cargo, plus several other U.S. certified air operators in the region. 
They all contribute significantly to the overall safety of aircraft operations worldwide. It takes a lot of people contributing in many different ways to make commercial aviation as safe as it is today.
As of the end of May this year statistics show that in the U.S. there were .015 accidents per 100,000 departures, safely transporting nearly 2 million people.
What that really means to the public is the comfort of knowing that family and loved ones will arrive at their destination safely. The world is not a perfect place but there is no safer mode of travel than by commercial aircraft. 
The FAA strives to provide minimum industry safety standards through regulation and oversight, but these are only the minimum. The industry does the rest, raising the bar by increasing knowledge. It is said that knowledge is the common ground for uncommon success.
Another one of the FAA’s mandates is to promote aviation. This is done in a wide variety of ways. If one goes to the FAA website www.faa.gov, one will find a vast amount of information with links to all of the FAA's guidance material including how to register as an air carrier or as a foreign repair station, just to name a few.

The FAA also has its own web page with many links to other CAA sites and information: www.awp.faa.gov/new/flightstandards/home_singapore.cfm, or one can link through the FAA Western Pacific Regional web page at www.awp.faa.gov for their office details or for those of any office in the FAA’s Western Pacific Region.

FAA Keynote Speaker at the MFN Shot Peening Workshop & Trade Show in Singapore

Mr. David M. Smith, Manager of the FAA IFO in Singapore, agreed to be the keynote speaker at the coming Shot Peening Workshop in Singapore (24th-26th of October). He will talk about "Audits in the Aviation Industry". Furthermore, Mr. Adrian Fox, from the same FAA IFO, has also accepted the invitation to join the workshop. MFN is very pleased to have two experts on audits being able to answer questions related to that issue.




For Information:
If the FAA can be of assistance or if more information is required please feel free to contact the Singapore FAA office at (65) 6545-5822.