Singapore’s New Aviation Innovation Centre to Tackle Carbon Footprint of Air Travellers

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has set up the International Centre for Aviation Innovation (ICAI) to facilitate the development and adoption of technologies for the aviation sector to meet rising demand for air travel.

The ICAI will undertake research and development (R&D) projects in four key areas including sustainability.

It will aim to translate research for operational use and develop capabilities for the aviation ecosystem. Adopting a vendor-agnostic approach, ICAI will develop solutions with open architecture principles to support interoperability across different standards.

The ICAI will focus on the Asia-Pacific region where air travel demand is expected to grow robustly over the few decades.

Among the themes the ICAI will tackle include the development of new concepts to minimise the carbon footprint of air travel through optimising air and ground operations such as advanced demand-capacity balancing, performance-based navigation, and optimisation of gate-to-gate trajectory.

Patrick Ky, Chief Executive Officer of the ICAI said: “It’s an honour to have been appointed to lead this new organisation. It’s a challenging but exciting task, to build partnerships which can deliver tangible and operational results in such a complex environment. I look forward to working with Singaporean and regional partners to build a dynamic and sustainable aviation system.”