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Following the success of our inaugural AAM webinar series last November, we are launching our second series in May 2021 entitled, "Gearing up for AAM". Our focus this time is on hearing what the world is doing and learning what this could mean for Singapore. Join us as we discuss Airworthiness considerations, UTM developments and the AAM Supply Chain.

Session 1 discusses airworthiness certification for AAM and we are delighted to have regulatory expert Mr Michael Daniel share how aviation authorities are approaching airworthiness approvals. eVTOL pioneer Professor James Wang of NTU will share his perspectives on AAM design for airworthiness.

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Session 1 : Airworthiness Considerations for Advanced Air Mobility

Date     : 5 May 2021 (Wednesday)

Time     : 11am to 12pm (UTC +8)


11:00am Welcome

Speaker: Mr Robin THEVATHASAN, AAIS Panel of Experts

11:05am Airworthiness Considerations for Advanced Air Mobility 

Speaker: Mr Michael DANIEL, AAIS Panel of Experts & MD at Aviation Insight Pte Ltd

11:25am  What to Consider When Designing an eVTOL Aircraft for Certification 

Speaker: Prof. James WANG, Director of eVTOL Research and Innovation Centre at NTU

11:45am  Q & A Session

Moderator: Mr Robin THEVATHASAN, AAIS Panel of Experts

* AAIS reserves the right to amend the webinar programme/ titles/ speakers, postpone or cancel the webinar due to unforeseen circumstances.


  • Robin Thevathasan (Moderator & Member of Panel of Experts at Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore))

    Robin Thevathasan

    Moderator & Member of Panel of Experts at Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore)

    Robin Thevathasan has been consulting on local and international projects since January 2018 when he retired from 33 years of service with the ST Engineering Group. He chairs a COVID-19 Taskforce for AAIS to help manage issues affecting the aerospace industry. He worked for several years as stress engineer in Europe (British Aerospace & Fokker Space) and with ST Engineering he undertook various engineering functions, Strategic Planning, International Business Development, secondment to DSTA (a Ministry of Defence Statutory Board). Prior to retirement he was involved in Change Management of a Group-wide Shared Services project.

    His qualifications : Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia (1974), Master of Science in Aircraft Design from the Cranfield Institute of Technology, UK (1979). He also has a Graduate Diploma in Financial Management, Singapore Institute of Management (1998) and attended the Programme for Executive Development, International Institute for Management Development (IMD), Lausanne, Switzerland.

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  • Michael Daniel (Member of Panel of Experts at AAIS & Managing Director at Aviation Insight Pte Ltd)

    Michael Daniel

    Member of Panel of Experts at AAIS & Managing Director at Aviation Insight Pte Ltd

    Michael is an internationally recognized Aircraft/ Airline/ MRO Management Professional with over 34 years’ experience in civil aviation safety & regulatory oversight. He retired from FAA Senior Policy Manager with Office of Aviation Safety and Aircraft Certification, concentrating on FAA International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) Program, ICAO international standards and recommended practices Annexes (living over 22 years in Europe, SE Asia, Asia, & Pacific). He formed industry groups to improve aviation safety with ICAO-ICVM, Civil Aviation Authorities, MRO Development and Certification, Airport Management, and Airlines.

    Michael specializes in Aircraft Import/ Export Certification, Aircraft Leasing and Management Consultation, Aircraft Accident & Event Investigation, Performing Independent Safety Review, Risk, & Project Management. He is a practitioner of Project Management Institute Project Management Principles, LEAN/ Six Sigma (DMAIC) and instructor with FAA, AAIS, & ICAO.

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  • James Wang (Director of eVTOL Research and Innovation Centre at Nanyang Technological University)

    James Wang

    Director of eVTOL Research and Innovation Centre at Nanyang Technological University

    In 2013 WIRED Magazine named Dr James Wang “the Steve Jobs of Rotorcraft” for his ability to think “outside the box” and inventing the AgustaWestland Project Zero: the world’s first all-electric VTOL technology demonstrator aircraft. Dr Wang has held several executive leadership positions and has 30 years of experience in aerospace and high-tech industries; including as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Vice President of R&D at Leonardo Helicopters, led Strategic Sales and worked on numerous famous helicopter designs at Sikorsky Aircraft.

    He is an internationally renowned expert in eVTOL aircraft and helicopter designing. In 2018, he founded Vtolwerke LLC to advise clients on electric aircraft design, eVTOL business strategy, investment due diligence and how to get into Advanced Air Mobility. Dr Wang is a full professor teaching aircraft design, and the Director of the eVTOL Research & Innovation Centre at the Nanyang Technological University.

    He received bachelor degrees in Aeronautical, and Electrical Engineering from M.I.T., PhD in Aerospace from the University of Maryland, and a Master from the MIT Sloan Business School. He holds many patents and major international awards; including Royal Aeronautical Society Fellow and Gold Team Award, VFS Honorary Fellow, Grover Bell Award, UTC George Mead Gold Award, NASA Research Award, and the coveted Italian National Innovation Grand Prize.

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