Finally, for aviation enthusiasts, the much-anticipated 7th edition of the Singapore Airshow 2020 is just around the corner. This aviation event is organised and managed by Experia Events and touted as Asia’s largest and one of the most important aerospace and defence exhibitions in the world. This year edition is understandably affected by the evolving novel corona-virus, with several exhibitors and aerial teams pulling out due to safety concerns. But the organiser has put in place enhanced measures to safeguard the well-being of attendees.
Formerly known as Changi International Airshow, the event has attained a significant presence in aviation global marketplace and is a networking powerhouse for the world’s aviation community. It consistently attracts more than 60 of the top 100 global aerospace companies to showcase their latest technologies, solutions and developments. The public get to partake in the festivities through the various displays of thrilling aerial displays as well as static aircraft.
Event Schedule & Information (Public Days)
Date : 15 and 16 Feb 2020
Time : 9.30am – 5.00pm Last admission at 4.30pm
Ticket rate : a) S$27.00 (Adult, per entry)
b) S$14.00 (Child, 3-12 years old , per entry)
c) S$192.00 (4 tickets + 1 car park label)
Public Day Ticket (excluding Group Package)
Physical tickets to be collected at any SISTIC authorised agents must be made at least one day before the event.
Public Day Group Package (Tickets & Car Park Label)
Group packages will only be delivered to the purchaser via registered mail. For purchases made 10 days before the event, collection can only be made at SISTIC Main Office (Singapore Post Centre) and must be collected at least one day before the event.
Aerial Display Teams*
1) Singapore – RSAF F15SG with 02 AH64D Apache Attack helicopters
2) United States of America – F22 Raptor Demo Team (Langley AFB, Virginia)
3) United States of America – F35B Lightning II Demo Team (Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121, Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni)
4) People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) – Ba Yi (August 1st) Aerobatic Team.
*correct as at 9 Feb 2020, (subject to change)
Aerial Display Timing
Public days –
15th* & 16th Feb 2020 – twice a day – 11.30am – 12.10pm + 2.30pm to 3.10pm There is no flying display on 14 February.
*The United States Air Force’s B-52 Stratofortress will be performing a flyover on 15 February (between 2.30pm-3.10pm).
*The PLAAF Ba Yi Aerobatic Team, will perform on :
Sat- 11.30am-12-10pm and Sun – 2.30pm-3.10pm.
Transportation to the venue
Airshow Shuttle Schedule* (For Public Days)
Each public day ticket provides complimentary two-way shuttle service from Singapore Expo to Changi Exhibition Centre.
From Singapore Expo, Hall 7 to Changi Exhibition Centre
First Bus: 7.30am – Last Bus: 3.00pm
From Changi Exhibition Centre to Singapore Expo.
First Bus: 8.30am – Last Bus: 6.00pm
Photo Tips for the Singapore Airshow 2020
Shoot some of the aircraft and emphasize its best angles using water puddles if available from rain or air-con compressors run-off.
Look for interesting paintwork or graphics on some of the aircraft.
Type of camera – DSLRs or mirrorless recommended.
Shutter speed – 1/1000-1/4000 for jet planes (deactivate camera/lens stabilisation at high shutter speed for marginally quicker focusing
– For turboprop aircraft – chose 1/60–1/250 to avoid “frozen propellers”
Lens focal range – 150-600mm is recommended for the aerial displays. But ultra-wide angled lens are great for the aircraft interior, especially planes like the USAF C17 Globemaster III.
Picture format – RAW or JPEG. Raw enables you to recover details in shadow area much better. But you need suitable software to edit the RAW files. Shoot based on your level of expertise and requirement.
Visit the aircraft cockpit – get some up-close pictures of the pilot/s crew in the cockpit. Adds a human dimension to the technology hardware (this activity may be affected in view of the Dorscon Orange status at the moment.
Be punctual and go early and reserve your ideal spot, with camera setting all ready. Hydrate well and enjoy the show. Book the ticket fast to avoid disappointment.
Sincere appreciation for coming along this Singapore Airshow 2020 event update. For travel adventures, do check out my other travelogues here. All pictures used in this blogs are all rights reserved and copyrighted to Jensen Chua Photography