By Nasuha Badrul Huzaini
SUBANG, Nov 25 — Touted as one of the first in-person post-pandemic aviation events in the region, the Selangor Aviation Show 2021 (SAS 2021) is officially launched today with strong participation from local and international players.
State executive councillor for trade and investment Dato’ Seri Teng Chang Khim said the air show, which runs from today until November 27, is poised as a reset button for the state government to jump start the aviation industry.
“SAS 2021 was first conceptualised as an ambitious, full-stack air show in 2019. However, as the world saw the impact of the Covid-19 contagion in 2020, we were forced to do some rescheduling, and we had to adapt and scale the event according to what is pragmatic and safe for purpose.
“Ultimately, we scaled down some expectations for the event, mainly due to the challenges in having international exhibitors and participants – but we never considered not having the event in 2021.
“Today, and for the next two days, we invite you to immerse yourselves and catch up on the face-to-face discussions and meetings you have been putting off since the lockdowns started,” he said in his speech during the official ceremony of the SAS 2021, at the SkyPark Regional Aviation Centre, here, today.
The event has attracted 43 local and international exhibitors, including Brazil, France, Switzerland, Turkey and the United States.
Major original equipment manufacturers (OEM) taking part in the three-day event include Airbus, Dassault Aviation, Embraer SA and Turkish Aerospace Industries and local players such as Systematic Aviation Services, Galaxy Aerospace, Aerodyne and Pen Aviation.
Despite coming from various backgrounds, Teng said everyone involved in the event shared the same goals.
“Whether you are a participant or attendee, an industry professional, a supplier, a customer, or from a governmental agency, we all have the same goals. We want ‘business as usual’.
“For the state government and Invest Selangor, our ‘business as usual’ is that we have always maintained a focused interest in the aerospace industry and we remain steadfastly so. Since 2018, we have in fact sharpened that focus and looked more into the business and general aviation subsector of the industry.
“I know this sounds very ambitious and some of the industry veterans are probably thinking about one or two other leading hubs in the region. But let me assure you, moving forward the state government is serious about pushing the business and general aviation agenda – especially at Subang Airport and in Selangor,” he added.
Aside from visiting the exhibition in the hangar, the visitors also can take the opportunity to have a closer look of the aircrafts on display.
Several talks and engagement sessions held by industry professionals are lined up, and participants are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to learn and affirm knowledge in the industry.