Forum: Measures taken to reduce impact of military aircraft noise

RSAF jets in operation during an event in 2018.
RSAF jets in operation during an event in 2018.PHOTO: ST FILE

We refer to the letter by Mr Ken Chew Ban Lin (Military aircraft flying early in day and late at night, Dec 30, 2019).

As explained in our earlier reply to his e-mail, the Republic of Singapore Air Force's (RSAF) flying training in Singapore is necessary to keep our pilots proficient and to maintain the RSAF's operational readiness to safeguard Singapore's skies.

Due to Singapore's limited airspace, our military aircraft will inevitably fly over some residential areas.

Today, the RSAF conducts a portion of flying training using simulators and a significant portion of flying training is done overseas. For local training, the RSAF also minimises the number of flights during the wee hours and flight routes are planned to reduce flying over populated areas where possible. These measures reduce the impact of military aircraft noise to the public.

We thank the public for their understanding regarding the RSAF's flying activities and their continued support for national defence.

Colonel Lim Kok Hong

Head Air Operations

The Republic of Singapore Air Force

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 01, 2020, with the headline 'Measures taken to reduce impact of military aircraft noise'. Print Edition | Subscribe