SGA2012: So many aircraft, so little time.


Flightglobal’s plans for the Singapore Airshow 2012 arewell afoot. Looks like it’s going to be a super busy week on the defenceside. There will be two of us coveringit, myself (@asiajetwatch) and my colleague @sivag.

Unfortunately, as is always the case at air shows, a lot ofthe briefings clash with each other and with individual briefings I’ve set up.Being a defence buff I’d be happy to go to ALL of the briefings, but there isso little time and in any event I’ll also be rushing to bash out stories.

Singapore’s A Star, perhaps concerned about conflictingwith other events, has the most bizarre timing and location for a show-relatedpresser, at 5pm on Sunday before the show. The event is not even at the show site, but at agolf club. How random is that?

One unfortunate scheduling decision is Dallas Airmotive’sopening of its Seletar service centre at 12pm on Monday, conflicting directlywith the official opening of Roll Royce’s monster engine factory, which willproduce fan blades and the Trent 1000 power plant for the 787.  The Rolls Royce opening is huge forSingapore, and the prime minister will spend a few hours at the site. There canbe little doubt of which event the media will focus on.

I got a kick out of Boeing’s thinly-veiled swipe at the F-35in the title of one of its briefings: ‘A brief examining the balanced andevolutionary approach to fighter design versus the challenges of fielding a “revolutionary”design affordably and on schedule.” 

The organisers seem to have finally posted an update of what willbe flying at the show. While the B-52 flyby will be sort of interesting in a ‘check that off the list’ sort of way, it’s not a B-1B or B-2. Anyway, it’s good to see US taxpayers’ money at work.

I’m dubious that those MiG-29s of the RMAF Smokey Banditsteam will get airborne. They suffered mechanical issues at LIMA in December(pictured above, on the ground), so not sure they’ll get much airtime at the Singapore show.In any case, how much do these guys actually get to practice given the wellknown support problems with their cool, but Russian, aircraft?

The static park is looking healthy. The F-22 isn’ton the list notwithstanding the liberal use of this aircraft’s image on thelanding page. Intriguingly the A330 MRTT is listed, although an Airbus presseryesterday said only the ACJ318 private jet will be coming to the show. 

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