Wigetworks Private Limited (Wigetworks) was incorporated in Singapore in April 2004. It was established with the main purposes to commercialize Wing-in-Ground (WIG) effect craft technology and to be the center of excellence of WIG technology.
Wigetworks owns all patents, intellectual property rights and know-how for the design and production of all Airfish types of WIG craft and also the license and exclusive rights to market and distribute Airfish technology worldwide. All the licenses were obtained from Airfoil Development GmbH (AFD). At the same period, Wigetworks also acquired a prototype of Airfish 8, an 8-seater WIG craft and Airfish 3; an 2-seater WIG craft built by AFD based Dr Alexander Martin Lippisch’s reverse delta wing design. Airfish 8 prototype, later named as AF8-001, was built in Germany in the late 1990s and extensive sea trials were conducted in the Netherlands and in Australia in 2001. In 2004, the prototype was transferred to Wigetworks and after refurbishment the prototype went for a series of successful sea trials in Thailand in 2007 and in Singapore in 2008. Lloyd’s Register granted AF8-001 entry into class in 2010.
Wigetworks has embarks on a long journey into manufacturing of Airfish 8 pre-production craft and also intensive research and development activities on WIG technology. Here are some of our important milestones:
~ Pre-Production Craft 2 officially registered as International Yacht with Langkawi International Yacht Registry (LIYR) of Malaysia and renamed as M/Y Airfish Yoyager.
~ M/Y Airfish Voyager completed long distance endurance flight/voyage (350 nautical miles) in Straits of Malacca alongside busy international shipping lanes from Port of Malacca to the resort island of Langkawi, Malaysia, to participate in Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace exhibition 2017 (LIMA’17).
~ Wigetworks has two working pre-production crafts of Airfish 8
~ Maiden flight of Airfish 8 Pre-Production Craft 2 (PPC2)
~Completed Max Take-off Weight (MTOW) trials (8 pax + full fuel)
~Maiden flight of Airfish 8 Pre-Production Craft 1 (PPC1)
~Commissioned production of Airfish 8 Pre-Production Craft 2 (PPC2)
~ Featured in LR’s publication ‘Horizon’
~ Featured in ‘South China Morning Post’
~ AirFish 8 featured by ‘Pro-Enterprise Panel’s in its 10th Anniversary’ publication
~ Joint Research and Development activities between National University of Singapore (NUS) and Wigetworks (WW) funded by NUS, Wigetworks and Maritime Port Authority (MPA)
~ Commissioned production of Airfish 8 Pre-Production Craft 1 (PPC1)
~ Prototype AF8-001 Entry in Lloyd’s Register (LR) Class
~ M/V AirFish 8–001 Christening Ceremony
Kenneth is a chartered marine engineer after spending many years working in the marine ship repair and conversion, as well as new shipbuilding industry. Besides above, he was a mechanical & electrical (M&E) design consultant in mission critical facilities for ICT and banking industries, as well as corporate business development professional in both marine and aerospace sector in Singapore. Kenneth learnt to fly light aircraft during his younger days.
He joined Wigetworks in 2007 and led the company in the certification and registration of the world’s first WIG vessel with Singapore Registry of Shipping, as part of Wigetworks’ efforts in the commercialisation of WIG technology.
Kenneth read Electronics and Electrical Engineering degree (Hons) in University of Birmingham and was conferred Master degree in Business Administration with Merit from University of Nottingham. He is a Fellow member of Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology.
NG KIM HOO
Ng Kim Hoo has over twenty years experience dealing with electronic instruments and computer systems in the oil well services industry while working for Schlumberger Wireline subsidiaries. He was managing internet dot com companies in Singapore and as Chairman of Chaincast Networks Inc in USA for number of years. He joins Wigetworks Pte Ltd as Director in 2004. Mr. Ng obtained a BSc. (Hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh in 1978.
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