Watson Chong is the Managing Director in ACACD. As a Managing Director, Watson is responsible for creating shareholder value through growing the business portfolio in the Aviation and Aerospace Industry. Prior to founding ACACD and Strategic Innovation Consulting, Watson was a Consultant with the Singapore Institute of Standards and Industrial Research (SISIR) and later the Productivity and Standards Board (now known as SPRING), a statutory board under the Ministry of Trade and Industry. He was the Training Manager with Le Meridien and a Training Officer of a Hotel School (SHATEC). Watson is also the founder and Managing Director of Strategic Innovation Consulting Pte Ltd.
Besides his management role in ACACD, Watson is also the Principal Consultant responsible for ISO 9001 and Aerospace Standard AS9100 as well as advising ACACD’s clients on FAR 23, FAR 21, FAR / EASA 145, FAR 43 requirements. In addition, he also advice on Value Based Management, Economic Value Added, Balanced Scorecard, Strategic Planning and Scenario Planning.
In the aviation industry, Watson has worked with clients such as SIA Engineering Company (SIAEC) in the Engine Overhaul, Workshops, Line & Base Maintenance, Technical Services and Workshop Divisions; Hong Kong International Airport Services in the Flight Operations Division, Changi International Airport Services in the Cargo Terminal Division; Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore Airport Management Division; and Milcom Aerospace a modification, retrofitting and component manufacturer.
Yeo Loy Seng
Loy Seng is heading the business development division in
ACACD. Prior to his appointment in ACACD, Loy Seng enjoyed a
long and illustrious career in the airline and aviation
Loy Seng started his career in Qantas Airways as a Licensed
Aircraft Engineer using his Australian DCA Aircraft Engineer
license. He left Qantas as a Line Foreman to join
When Singapore Airlines (SIA) was first established, Loy
Seng joined SIA. From 1966 to 1985 Loy Seng was tasked to
open line stations in Taipei, Bali and Jakarta as Station
Maintenance Manager and later as Line Maintenance Manager.
1986 to 1987 he was the GM of SATS Apron Services
From 1988 to 1990 Loy Seng was task to start up a new region
airline Tradewinds (now Silk Air) and became the first
Loy Seng then went on to become GM SATS Cargo and was
instrumental in the set up of SIA Cargo Super Hub.
After his project to set up Tradewinds and SIA Cargo Super
Hub, he returns to SIA Line Maintenance as Vice President
Line Maintenance (VP LMSS).
Loy Seng retires from SIA in 2003. After his official
retirement from SIA, he was asked to head a SIA subsidiary
as General Manager of Singapore Jamco.
Chow Khai Leong
Quality Assurance and Technical Services
Chow Khai Leong is the Director of Quality Assurance and Technical Services in ACACD. Prior to his appointment in ACACD, Khai Leong enjoyed a long and illustrious career in the airline and aviation industry.
Khai Leong started his career in Malaysia-Singapore Airlines. When Singapore Airlines (SIA) was first established, Khai Leong joined SIA as a Licensed Aircraft Engineer.
From 1975 Khai Leong was appointed Quality Control Manager in SIA. Khai Leong served as a Quality Head from 1975 to 2002 where he served as Vice President Quality and Security.
Khai Leong retired from Singapore Airlines in 2002. During his tenure in SIA, Khai Leong served as board directors of joint venture companies – Fuel Accessory Service Technologies Pte Ltd, Asia Surface Technologies Pte Ltd and Aero-Engine Services Pte Ltd.
As a Head of Quality in SIA, Khai Leong responsibility include:
- establish and monitor procedures and practices to ensure quality standards are met.
- Represent SIA Engineering in meeting with Aviation Regulatory Authorities and ensure approvals issued by these authorities are current (16 approvals including CAAS, FAA & JAA).
- In charge of 8 Departments with a total staff strength of 150
- Quality Audits and investigations of incidents and accidents
- Calibration Laboratory – linear, electrical, particulate and mass measurements
- Non Destructive Tests – Radiography, Ultrasonics, Eddy Current, Magnetic Particle, Dye Penetrants, Visual Aids & Thermography
- Technical Records – Aircraft documents, Monitor of flight hours & check cycles
- Technical supplies inspection – incoming spares inspection
- Reliability-statistics and alert values of high removal rates, recurring defects & infant failures
- Safety & Security
- Technical Training
During his tenure, Khai Leong:
- Introduced Human Factors Error Management Training for all levels of technical staff (3,500).
- Chair the ISO 9000 & 14000 Committee and Tender Committee
- Member of SIA Air Safety Committee and Reliability Committee
- Editor-in-Charge of in-house technical newspaper “Update” as well as a general social information newspaper “Blue Collar” on a quarterly frequency.
- Managed an approval system for qualified technical staff
- Granted Despatch Authorisations jointly with Chief Pilots to allow continuation of a flight when an item is outside the MMEL but is considered safe for flight.
- Issued Inspection Notices to hightlight safety requirements maintenance practices and procedures such as Duplicate Inspections.
Watson How Lim Yat
International Relation Specialist
At 66 years of age, Watson How had over 45 years of aviation experience in a wide aircraft engineering and airworthiness field. He was an Aircraft Engineer; Airworthiness professional in a National Organization (CAAS) and an International Organization (ICAO). He was an Aircraft Inspector of Accidents for 17 years. He is a FELLOW of the Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAes). He was awarded the Public Administration Medal ( Bronze ) by the Government of Singapore ( PPA ). Experience-wise as an Aircraft Engineer, Watson How was in charge of Aircraft Heavy Maintenance in an airline hangar; Line Maintenance Manager of a Ground Handling Company.
He spent 20 years in the Airworthiness of CAAS playing a KEY role in setting up the Airworthiness Division. He was involved largely in the management of airworthiness including approving organizations, certification of used and new aircraft, licensing of engineers, updating regulations and practices, bi-lateral airworthiness agreement besides others.
Watson How spent 5 years in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) based in Montreal, Canada, as the Airworthiness Expert. Besides normal functions, He was the Secretary to the Continuing Airworthiness Panel (CAP), Secretary to the Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP), Secretary to the Study Group on the Introduction of Security into Aircraft Design (ISAD).
He was responsible for Airworthiness matters relating to relevant Annexes to the Chicago Convention. He was actively involved in the ICAO Universal Safety Oversight Programme from the onset till my retirement. Since retirement, he lectured at the Singapore Aviation Academy (SAA) on Safety Oversight till 2003. He was involved in Consultancy and Advisory roles for National Regulatory Authorities; Airlines and Private Enterprises on Airworthiness matters.
Joseph Hooi Liang Kee
Commercial and Operations
Joseph Hooi is the Director of Commercial and Operations in ACACD. Prior to his appointment in ACACD, Joseph enjoyed a long and illustrious career in the airline and aviation industry.
Joseph started his career in Malaysia-Singapore Airlines. When Singapore Airlines (SIA) was first established, Joseph joined SIA as one of the Principal Project Co-ordinators of the pre-operation programme of SIA’s B747. As a Project Co-ordinator, Joseph was responsible for the conceptualisation and design of aircraft galleys and cabin features. Joseph was also responsible for the evaluation of cabin equipment and also formulation and production of in-flight services for aircrew and ground staff.
After this project, Joseph was appointed as Superintendent in Singapore Airline Terminal Services (SATS).
From 1976 to 1987, Joseph was appointed Station Manager in SIA. Joseph served as Station Manager in Singapore , Brunei , Hong Kong , Bahrain , Paris and London . As the Station Manager, Joseph was responsible for all aspects of administration and control of airport operations, including aircrew scheduling, passenger services, cargo services and overall station office administration and financial accountability.
Joseph retired from Singapore Airlines in 1987. After his official retirement from SIA, Joseph was appointed to various senior positions in the restaurant and hospitality industries, managing many leading hotels, restaurants and even a premiere country club in Singapore .
In 1993, Joseph was persuaded to return to the airline industry. When Myanmar Airways International (MAI) was privatised by the Myanmar government in 1993, Joseph was recommended to assume the position of Group General Manager.
In this position, Joseph was tasked with the formulation of sales and marketing strategies for the new airline. In addition, Joseph trained the local staff in product sales and enhancement so as to create a strong branding for the airline. As the airline was new, Joseph also took on the additional task of formulating MAI’s technical and operations procedures and policies. To further promote the new airline, Joseph personally took charge of MAI’s operations and other line station management responsibilities in Thailand and Singapore .
When Joseph resigned from MAI in 1998 (due to a change in ownership of MAI), he remained in Myanmar as a Consultant to various foreign companies with business interests in Myanmar.
Wan, Fook Chuen
Engineering and Cabin Crew Training Specialist
Wan Fook Chuen is the Engineering and Cabin Crew Training
Specialist in ACACD. Prior to his appointment in ACACD, Fook
Chuen enjoyed a long and illustrious career in the airline and
Fook Chuen started his career in Malaysia-Singapore Airlines in
1960 as an Apprentice Aircraft Maintenance Engineer under a 5-
year aircraft apprenticeship program including attending
part-time studies on a day-release basis at the Singapore
When Singapore Airlines (SIA) was first established, Fook Chuen
joined SIA and was the Technical Instructor from 1965 to 1970
responsible for ground training for Pilots and Flight Engineers
and technical training for Aircraft Maintenance Engineers,
Artisans and Apprentices.
From 1970-1975, Fook Chuen was appointed Technical Training
Superintendent responsible for ground training for Pilots and
Fight Engineers and technical training for Aircraft Maintenance
Engineers, Artisans and Apprentices. And assisted the
Engineering Training Manager in running the school.
From 1975 to 1985, Fook Chuen was promoted to Engineering
Training Manager in charge of the Engineering Training School
and Apprenticeship Training for Flight Engineers, Aircraft
Maintenance Engineers, Workshop Engineers and Artisans.
From 1985 to 1989, Fook Chuen was the Cabin Crew Manager
(Product Development) responsible for SIA’s inflight service
including inflight / mail order sales and galley planning.
From 1989 to 1991, Fook Chuen, was the Cabin Crew Manager
(Control Centre) responsible for monitoring crew movements,
flight disruptions, delays and system wide and round the clock
to ensure that SIA flights / services are not disrupted.
Fook Chuen retired from Singapore Airlines in 1991. After his
official retirement from SIA, Fook Chuen joined GUANGZHOU
AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE ENGINEERING CO. LTD (GAMECO), Guangzhou as
the Deputy Training Manager
• Responsible for Aircraft Apprenticeship Programs
• Provided inputs to China Southern Airlines (CSA) for the
design & set-up of their new Flight Attendant Training Centre;
the study & purchase of static & motion-based cabin simulators;
and the arrangement of International Cabin Services Awareness
courses for their Fight Attendants
•Assisted the Training Manager in running the school
1993 – 1994 Training Manager
•Established English Language and Technical Training plans,
procedures and schedules
•Supervised the on-the-job (OJT) training program
•Coordinated all training programs conducted by vendors
•Established and monitored the apprenticeship program
•Implemented supervisory and management development programs
•Established testing and measurement devices to ensure accurate
administrating of the training conducted
•Maintained records of training received by each employee
•Developed pre-employment training with local educational
•Developed pre-employment testing to ensure selection of the
most qualified candidates
From 1997 – 1998 Fook Chuen served a short stint with CHINA
AIRCRAFT SERVICES LTD (CASL), Hong Kong as a Training Officer
•Set-up the Training Section under QA
•Trained staff on the theory & operation of airport handling
equipment, e.g. aerobridge, electrical
power/air-conditioning/water supply systems, etc
•Provided training on aircraft familiarization & safety
From 1999 – 2002, Fook Chuen joined AIR TRANSPORT TRAINING
COLLEGE PTE LTD (ATTC), Singapore as Manager responsible for
•Managed the running of the college on behalf of the CEO
•Liaised with CAAS for approval of new courses to be introduced
as well as for on-going exams required by courses already
•Liaised with University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) on matters
relating to the degree course they provide at ATTC
•Assisted in setting up the Skills Centre
Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore
•Aircraft Maintenance Engineer’s Licence
- Category E Electrical Installation and Direct Reading
- Majored in Electrical Engineering
City & Guilds of London Institute
•Certificate in Direct Current and Alternating Current
•Certificate in Electrical Installation Work Course B
Gan Eng Seng School, Singapore
•Overseas School Certificate, Grade 1
British European Airways, England
•Comet 4 Electrical System Course
Boeing Aircraft Company, USA
•B707 Electrical & Electronic Systems Course
•B737 Electrical, Avionics and Autoflight Systems Course
•B747 Electrical Systems Course
James Sih Kia Tee
Engine Overhaul and Technical Services Specialist
1. Diploma in Mechanical. Engineering
2. DCAe -
Cranfield institute of Technology
3. MRAES/ Chartered
James Sih is the Engine Overhaul and Technical Services Specialist in ACACD. Prior to his appointment in ACACD, James enjoyed a long and illustrious career in the airline and aviation industry.
James Sih started his career in Qantas Airways as a Licensed Aircraft Engineer using his Australian DCA Aircraft Engineer license as Technical Services Engineer in 1971. When Singapore Airlines (SIA) was first established, James joined SIA in 1981 served as a Technical Services Manager till 1993.
From 1993 to 2001, James is also the Technical Services Manager with the Engine Overhaul Division, Eagle Services Asia.
From 2002 to 2003, James was appointed Head of Power Plant / System with SIA Engineering Company.
James retired from Singapore Airlines in 2004. After his official retirement from SIA, James was appointed to various Engineering Specialist positions with Singapore Aero Engine Services Pte Ltd until his appointment with ACACD as Engine Overhaul and Technical Services Specialist in 2006.