Singapore Youth Flying Club
Kelab Penerbangan Belia Singapura
The Singapore Youth Flying Club logo
|Services||Aeromodelling, flight training|
|Secondary and pre-tertiary students|
|Affiliations||Singapore Armed Forces|
|Junior Flying Club|
The Singapore Youth Flying Club (Abbreviation: SYFC; Malay: Kelab Penerbangan Belia Singapura; Chinese: 新加坡青年飞行俱乐部), headquartered at Seletar Airport, was established in December 1971 as the Junior Flying Club, by the then newly formed Singapore Armed Forces. 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).
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. In 1989, the club acquired twelve Piper PA-28-161 Warrior IIs to replace the older Cessnas and Airtourers. 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.
In 2010, to replace the ageing Piper Warriors, the SYFC purchased 13 Diamond DA40s, with first deliveries scheduled for late 2010. All 13 Diamond DA40s have since been delivered, while the older Piper Warriors and PAC Airtrainers have since been retired.
The current SYFC fleet consists solely of the 13 Diamond DA40 aircraft.
- Lim, Desmond (13 July 2016). "Young high fliers". straitstimes.com. 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.
- "History [of] Singapore Youth Flying Club". syfc.sg. Singapore Youth Flying Club. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
- Karamjit Kaur (3 April 2010). "Youth flying club getting new fleet of trainers". asiaone.com. AsiaOne. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
- "Singapore Registered Aircraft Engine Nos - Nov 2017" (PDF). caas.gov.sg. Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore. 30 November 2017. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
- "Singapore Aircraft Register" (PDF). CAAS.gov.sg. Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore.
- Cheong, Colin (2006), Flying Colours: Singapore Youth Flying Club, SNP International Publishing, ISBN 978-981-248-111-5
- Singapore Youth Flying Club
- Republic of Singapore Air Force
- Full transcript of speech by RADM (NS) Lui Tuck Yew at SYFC's Aviation Awards Ceremony 2007