HwaChongian’s Flight of Fancy

14 Oct 2019

International Civil Aviation Organization Concepts Competition 2019

We would like to congratulate Lee Kern (19S61) and his mentor, Mr Tang Koon Loon (Principal Consultant/Science) who has been awarded the APAC Regional winner of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)‘s Concepts Competition 2019.  This competition was open to 13-17 year-olds and their ideas for new aircraft types, or new types of operations, including descriptions of how these can improve or expand upon the way powered flight serves humanity today.

Lee Kern’s proposal entailed utilising a fleet of autonomous aircraft to integrate with a rail system network that can significantly enhance a commuter’s experience in ways that road-based systems cannot. He received his award during the ICAO Innovation Fair 2019 held at the ICAO HQ in Montreal, Canada from 22 to 23 September.

Train System With Ambulance

Train Interior

Individual Passenger Drone

On 10 October at the Institute of Technical Education College (ITE) Central, Lee Kern had the opportunity to have a tea session with the Minister of Transport, Mr Khaw Boon Wan as well tour the IT facilities. He also had a live studio interview on Channel News Asia Singapore Tonight that very night.

Lee Kern at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) building (it reads ICAO75 because it is the organization’s 75thAnniversary this year)

Lee Kern presented with his certificates by Dr Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, President of the Council (right) and Dr Fang Liu, Secretary General of the Council (left). The Council is the governing body of ICAO.

Lee Kern shared that :

This was a very unique experience as it was the 40th Triennial Assembly at the ICAO with transport ministers and delegations across the globe coming to network and debate issues in conjunction with an Innovation Fair with technology leaders from China and the Valley alike, pitching to investors on passenger drones. I have never previously imagined this close a collaboration between the government and industry leaders but this has all the more elucidated the value of having all stakeholders in an industry come together and understand each other. I have realised the development of nascent technology such as drones is even riskier than I previously thought; with no promise of commercialisation or even legalisation. Nonetheless a few companies have paved the way for doing this. I am thankful to CAAS for being so supportive and strongly encouraging me to pursue a career in aviation and the school for allowing me to go right before the promotional examinations

Lee Kern and Minister Khaw Boon Wan

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