Air mobility is undergoing pivotal changes, driven by rapid advancements and shifting trends that are defining the future of aerial transportation. As we move forward, understanding these changes is crucial. This event provides a unique perspective to gain insights into the innovative collaboration between Airbus and Safran, particularly highlighting the breakthroughs associated with Airbus helicopters. By joining this event, participants will engage in enriching discussions and interact with industry experts to understand the nuances of air mobility’s evolution.
Furthermore, attendees will be treated to a guided tour of the Safran Experience Center. Here, you will explore Safran’s dedicated training facility for maintenance engineers and gain a first-hand view of the maintenance center where Safran’s specialists service engines for a diverse clientele spanning both military and commercial sectors in Asia. The tour culminates with a visit to the supply chain department, offering a glimpse into the management of technical parts.
03.30 pm Registration & Networking
03.55 pm Welcome Remarks & Housekeeping by EuroCham
04.00 pm Opening Remarks by Aerospace Committee Chair
04.05 pm Speaker Presentations
04.50 pm Moderated Panel Discussion and Live Q&A
05.20 pm Closing Remarks by Safran Senior Representative, to lead to the Tour
05.25 pm (Optional) Tour of Safran Experience Centre
06.00 pm End of Event
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Dr James Wang
Professor (Practice), School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Nanyang Technological University
Dr. James Wang is an internationally renowned expert in manned/unmanned eVTOL aircraft and helicopter designing and operation. His expertise spans across technology and business in the aviation and eVTOL industry and his advice is highly sought after. In 2013, WIRED Magazine named him “the Steve Jobs of Rotorcraft” for inventing the world’s first all-electric VTOL technology demonstrator aircraft – the AgustaWestland Project Zero.
Dr. Wang has held several executive leadership positions, including as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Customer Services, and as Vice President of Research and Technology at Leonardo Helicopters; and at Sikorsky Aircraft worked on numerous famous helicopter designs and engineering programs, and led Strategic Sales that culminated in multi-billions of dollars in international sales. He is now a professor and the Director of the eVTOL Research & Innovation Centre at Nanyang Technological University.
He received his bachelor degrees in Aeronautics and in Electrical Engineering from M.I.T., a master’s from M.I.T. Sloan Business School and a PhD in rotorcraft design from the University of Maryland. He holds numerous patents and major international awards, including Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, UTC Gold Mead Award, VFS Honorary Fellow, AHS Grover Bell Award, AHS Fellow, M.I.T. Luis de Florez Award, NASA Research Award, Finmeccanica Innovation Gold Award, Italian National Innovation Grand Prize, and the coveted Royal Aeronautical Society Gold Team Award.
Vice President/Head of Sales, Strategy & Marketing, Asia-Pacific
Fabrice Rochereau was appointed Vice President/Head of Sales, Strategy & Marketing AsiaPacific in January 2014. As Head of Sales, he leads Airbus Helicopters’ business across multiple countries in the region that makes up some of Asia Pacific’s fastest growing markets.
Mr Rochereau started his career in November 1989 when he joined the French subsidiary of the US manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company, Reims-Aviation, where he was in charge of the sales of the F406 multimission aircraft for Asia Pacific, Africa and South America. He joined the Aerospatiale Group (now known as Airbus) in August 1994 as Asia Pacific Sales Director for the business and training light aircraft division (SOCATA).
Mr Rochereau later joined Eurocopter (now known as Airbus Helicopters) in February 2001. During his tenure, he led several successful complex sales campaigns, which include partnerships with the governments of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand.
From August 2007 to December 2013, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of EADS Australia Pacific (now known as Airbus Australia Pacific). Based in Sydney, he managed the corporate and strategic activities of the group in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific region.
A former competitive rugby union player (Stade Français), he also enjoys running, golfing and sailing during his leisure time. He is a fixed wing and helicopter private pilot with multi-engine and turbine ratings, and had flown more than 2,200 flight hours.
In November 2012, he was awarded knight of the French National Order of Merit (Ordre National du Mérite) by the President of the French Republic. He also serves as the Counsellor of the French Foreign Trade (Conseiller du Commerce Extérieur de la France) since 2008.
Mr Rochereau holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics from the University of Paris XII and a Diploma in Business from EDHC Group. He is married with Zhao (Joye) Ye.
SEE Kah Meng
Head of Business Development
SAFRAN, Helicopter Engines Asia
Kah Meng is currently the Head of Business Development in SAFRAN Helicopter Engines Asia. Equipped with ten years of experience in the aviation industry, his primary role is to lead the sales team to achieve the regional sales targets.
He attained a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) degree from the National University of Singapore with a specialisation in Aeronautical Engineering. He started his career as an engineer in Singapore Technologies Aerospace before joining SAFRAN in 2015. With his technical expertise and business acumen, he was first promoted to be the Head of Engineering, Maintenance and Training, and subsequently, the Head of Business Development. With his extensive knowledge and strong interest in sustainability, he also represents SAFRAN as the keynote speaker at seminars and conferences on the topics of sustainability and Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF)
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On 12 October, under the umbrella of our Sustainable Air Travel programme, we organised an insightful panel discussion on the Evolution of Air Mobility. Kah Meng SEE from Safran presented trends foreseen in air mobility. Additionally, we delved into Airbus’s RACER project with Fabrice Rochereau, showcasing breakthroughs in helicopters. Professor James Wang from Nanyang Technological University Singapore further enriched the session with his dynamic panel moderation.
🍃 Sustainability & Innovation: Thomas COCHELIN, Chair of the Aerospace & Air Travel Committee emphasized that innovation and disruption are vital. The drive to decarbonize air travel is not just a trend, but a necessity!
🔧 Technological Aspects:
Key elements in Air Mobility include SAF feedstock, synthetic fuel, hydrogen, and the conceptualization of air mobility as a service.
Kah Meng spotlighted critical trends:
· The escalating importance of sustainability.
· Technological innovations.
· Addressing road traffic congestion.
· The perception of air mobility as a service.
Commercial aviation’s roadmap to net-zero: Approximately 35-40% through tech advancements, 5-10% via operational improvements, ~50% with sustainable aviation fuels, and 5-10% via offset schemes.
On the horizon: Adoption of lighter materials, Safran’s collaborative ventures in electric/hybrid propulsion, and air mobility solutions to alleviate road congestion.
🌐 Business Dynamics: Professor
Professor @James Wang highlighted the 800+ start-ups worldwide focusing on Air Mobility. While start-ups are quick and agile, industry leaders like Airbus have more resources for R&D. However, one consensus stands tall: No compromise on safety and regulations!
🚁 Helicopter Evolution:
Safran is pioneering advancements in helicopters with hybrid engines tailored to market needs. Meanwhile, Airbus leads in VTOL technology, aiming for a sustainable future in both civil and military sectors.
Notable initiatives include the Racer and City Airbus projects, which focus on urban air mobility and broader community services such as medical aid, connectivity, and eco-tourism.
The new generation emphasizes speed, cost-efficiency, and a 20% reduction in both noise and emissions. Keep an eye out: the first flight of the RACER project is slated for 2023, with more demonstrations on the horizon for next year!
A heartfelt thank you to Valerie PATUEL and Safran for hosting the panel and for the refreshments.