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    Civilian use of Changi's third runway: decision by year-end
    By Hetty Musfirah | Posted: 17 July 2012 1925 hrs


    SINGAPORE: Singapore will decide by the end of this year when to open the third runway at Changi Airport for civil aviation use. The runway is currently used by the military only.

    And given the strong growth potential, this may happen two to three years ahead of Hong Kong's third runway, which is scheduled for 2023.

    More airport terminals may also spring from a 1,000-hectare piece of land in Changi.

    The chairman of Changi 2036 Steering Committee Josephine Teo revealed this during an update on the committee's work.

    The committee, which was set up earlier this year, has been visiting other emerging and top aviation hubs to keep a close watch on the competition.

    Josephine Teo, who is also the Minister of State for Finance and Transport, said: "All the airports that we are looking at are already of about the same capacity as ours; they are planning for passenger handling capacity for 100 million and beyond.

    "Most of them are already thinking beyond two runways.

    "Hong Kong has set in motion plans for third runway; Incheon already has three.

    "This is really in response to how they are looking at the growth potential for civil aviation. It reaffirmed our assessment that the growth potential is a very healthy one."

    So the committee is now finalising plans to open Changi's third runway for civilian use. And it'll need to be extended to accommodate all aircraft types before it can be opened for commercial use.

    Mrs Teo said: "Runways, like all airport infrastructures, generally (require) fairly long lead times. Just an indication, for Hong Kong, they are looking at 2023. For us, we have a distinct advantage. It's not that we don't have a runway three. We will definitely be able to do it, two to three years faster than them, mainly because we don't need to reclaim (land)."

    The committee is also exploring how to develop a 1,000-hectare piece of land between runway two and the future runway three. This includes a part of Changi Coast Road.

    Mrs Teo said: "Keeping the road there is an option, expunging the road and making it just completely part of the airport parameter is also an option. So we have to study both options, we have to look at the pros and cons. That's why the Land Transport Authority's involvement is very critical."

    The area may also site future terminals, a second and new control tower and facilities that complement the air hub.

    Part of the committee's job is to decide when we would need a fifth terminal or for that matter, to explore a fifth and sixth terminals.

    What configuration it ought to be? That is part of the master planning, both in terms of timeline and ideal configuration.

    By 2017, when the new Terminal 4 is completed, Changi Airport will be able to handle 85 million passengers a year, compared to the current 73 million.

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    Civilian use of Changi's third runway decision by year-end - Channel NewsAsia

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    http://cnn.com/video/?/video/busines...airlines-a.cnn

    The air travel industry will boom. Maybe they need more runways at Changi.

    CNN Business Traveller TV documentary shows how big the China travel market is, for airlines.
    Due to rising affluence of China's population and their wish to travel out of China. As well as other countries' tourists travelling to China.
    China's 3 biggest carriers are: China Southern, Air China and China Eastern.
    The market is so big that Qantas and other big players are there to get a share.

    Quote from Flightglobal:
    "The Civil Aviation Administration of China forecasts that passenger traffic in the country will pass the 300 million mark this year and will hit 1.5 billion passengers in 2030. Boeing estimates that Chinese airlines will need to buy 5,000 new aircraft by 2030 to meet the country's demand."
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    Well, both Airbus and Boeing are gonna to have their order books filled and overflowing. Their factories might not be able to cope. So, we would find aircraft factories in China, Korea, Taiwan etc.

    And heard from some reports that there might be a shortage of pilots. That is more scary - imagine a new pilot who knows how to operate the plane under routine conditions. If the main computer goes haywire, there might be a real problem. We know that these days, planes are controled by fly-by-wire.

    Imagine a pilot who was training by a simulator, which is actually an advanced computer game!
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    Quote Originally Posted by La Fontaine View Post
    And heard from some reports that there might be a shortage of pilots. That is more scary - imagine a new pilot who knows how to operate the plane under routine conditions. If the main computer goes haywire, there might be a real problem. We know that these days, planes are controled by fly-by-wire.
    Imagine a pilot who was training by a simulator, which is actually an advanced computer game!
    Why 'imagine'? Have a look at the final report of the AF447 flight from Brazil to France that crashed into Atlantic Ocean. The computer was still working, but the pilots were overloaded by information and forgot to apply the very basics of flight education: the base setup for stable flying if the outside sensors give wrong data.
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    9V-Orion might have an input.
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    Only a matter of time, Runway (RWL) 02L/20R and 020C/02C have been authorised for Mixed Mode (MM) Operations, simultaneous arrivals and departures on both runways since the beginning of the year if and when required in order to alleviate air traffic congestion. Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs) at both Changi Tower and Singapore Air Traffic Control Centre (SATCC) pushing tins literally with airliners on separation minima during approach and touching down every single minute or so.

    Still have to shut off Changi Coast Road and construct additional taxiways and also an auxiliary control tower.
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