UAVs, flight simulators and unexpected finds at Singapore Air Show 2014

Stuff braves the scorching sun to showcase the highlights that you’ll see (and some you might not) at this year’s aviation show
Singapore Air Show 2014

What? You’ve never heard of the Singapore Air Show? It’s only the biggest aviation event, held every two years, way out in the boondocks at the Changi Exhibition Centre.

The journey (and enduring the hot sun) was worth it. We spotted RSAF’s fighter crafts, Boeing and Airbus’ latest commercial jets, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), flight simulators and all sorts of high-tech aerial and ground defense systems.

Ok, we’ll be nice. Here’s a sneak peek for aviation fanatics when they visit the air show over the weekend.

Artistically inclined UAVs

Artistically inclined UAVs
Artistically inclined UAVs
Artistically inclined UAVs

A special shoutout to the students and researchers from the Nanyang Technological University, National University of Singapore and Ngee Ann Polytechnic. The joint demonstration by the three tertiary institutes showed how its UAVs recognised a piece of calligraphy, flies to a blank canvas and reproduces the drawing. Well, not an exact replica, but it’s close enough.

Meet our future drone overlords

Meet our future drone overlords
Meet our future drone overlords
Meet our future drone overlords
Meet our future drone overlords

Be prepared to pay tribute to these UAVs when they become self-aware. You do realise we’re half-joking, right? It’s still a bit unnerving to see what these drones are capable of. Delivering payloads, monitoring and detecting threats are just the tip of the iceberg.

People, this is how Skynet will rule us. We swear the Hermes 900’s cockpit just activated itself.

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