By Nasuha Badrul Huzaini
SHAH ALAM, Dec 9 — The Selangor Aviation Show (SAS 2021) recorded a total of 4,987 visitors over the three-day event, close to achieving its 5,000 visitors target, said Dato Teng Chang Khim.
The state executive councillor for trade and investment said the inaugural air show, which was held from November 25 to 27, also saw the participation of 43 exhibitors from seven countries.
“The total number of static aircrafts displayed were 18, with the most prominent being the E195-E2 regional commercial jet from Embraer, T265 GOKBEY from Turkish Aerospace, Piaggio P-180 Avanti EVO from Piaggio Aerospace, and Airbus Helicopters AS350 Ecureuil, among others.
“On top of that, 13 memorandums of understanding on various aerospace industry sub-sector collaborations were signed throughout the event.
“The agreements cover various collaborations including a joint venture to develop a vocational workforce for the aerospace industry, the development of the Selangor Drone Center of Excellence, a simulator training hub, a one-stop Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul centre for drones, as well as a proposed development of seaplane manufacturing facility,” he said during a press conference on SAS 2021 performance today.
Themed ‘Selangor, the Asean Business and General Aviation Hub’, SAS 2021 was hosted by the Selangor government through Invest Selangor Berhad, with a total allocation of RM2.8 million.
The programme is also supported by the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade) and the Selangor Darul Ehsan Aerospace Industry Coordination Office (S-Daico)
On November 27, Teng said the state administration planned to host a more prominent and bolder event in 2022, with increased allocation approved for the coming year.
Teng said the 2022 Selangor Budget approved an allocation of RM5 million for SAS 2022, which saw an extra RM3 million, would help plan a larger-scale event.
“The second edition of SAS 2022 is slated to be held from September 8 to 11, 2022, in Subang,” he said.