Singapore Youth Flying Club

The Singapore Youth Flying Club (SYFC), headquartered at Seletar Airport, was established in December 1971 as the Junior Flying Club, by the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). It aims to introduce and promote aviation to students, by providing aeromodelling courses for secondary school students and flight training courses for pre-tertiary students. The club's purpose is to provide flying experience to students, and boost recruiting for the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF).[1]

Singapore Youth Flying Club
新加坡青年飞行俱乐部 (Chinese)
Kelab Penerbangan Belia Singapura (Malay)
Formation1 December 1971; 52 years ago (1971-12-01)
TypeFlying club
HeadquartersSeletar Airport
  • 515 West Camp Road, Singapore 797695
ServicesAeromodelling, flight training
Secondary and pre-tertiary students
General Manager
COL (RET) Foo Yang Ge
Affiliations Republic of Singapore Air Force
Formerly called
Youth Flying Club
Junior Flying Club

Fleet edit

The Junior Flying Club initially operated with a fleet of eight Cessna 172s and six AESL Airtourers, all of which were handed down from the RSAF.[2] In 1989, the club acquired twelve Piper PA-28-161 Warrior IIs to replace the older Cessnas and Airtourers.[2] Later, in November 2002, the club also purchased two PAC CT/4 Airtrainers. The fully aerobatic aircraft was meant to demonstrate to students the rigours of military flying.[2]

In 2010, to replace the ageing Piper PA-28-161 Warrior IIs the SYFC purchased 13 Diamond DA40s, with first deliveries scheduled for late 2010.[3] All 13 Diamond DA40s have since been delivered, while the older Piper Warriors and PAC Airtrainers have since been retired.

Current fleet edit

Singapore Youth Flying Club fleet
Aircraft In
Orders Passengers Notes
Diamond DA40 13[3] 3
Total 13 0

Former fleet edit

Singapore Youth Flying Club former fleet
Aircraft Total Introduced Retired Replacement Notes
PAC CT/4E Airtrainers 2 2002 2010 Diamond DA40
Piper PA-28-161 Warrior II 12 1989 2010
AESL AT-6 Airtourers 6 1971 1989 Piper PA-28-161 Warrior II Transferred from Republic of Singapore Air Force
Cessna 172 8 1971 1989

Notable alumni edit

References edit

  1. ^ Lim, Desmond (13 July 2016). "Young high fliers". The Straits Times. Retrieved 10 December 2017. Almost five decades on, the club's mission to promote interest in aviation among youth and groom them for a potential career in the airforce remains unchanged.
  2. ^ a b c "History [of] Singapore Youth Flying Club". Singapore Youth Flying Club. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b Karamjit Kaur (3 April 2010). "Youth flying club getting new fleet of trainers". AsiaOne. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Speech by Minister of State for Education Ms Gan Siow Huang at the Singapore Youth Flying Club Golden Jubilee - Private Pilot Licence Wings & Aviation Awards Ceremony". Base. Retrieved 29 November 2021.
  5. ^ "Speech by Senior Minister of State for Defence and Manpower Zaqy Mohamad for the Singapore Youth Flying Club's Private Pilot Licence Wings and Aviation Awards Ceremony". Retrieved 29 November 2021.

Bibliography edit

  • Cheong, Colin (2006), Flying Colours: Singapore Youth Flying Club, SNP International Publishing, ISBN 978-981-248-111-5

External links edit