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:
~ Featured in Science Channel, Discovery
MEGA MACHINES, World’s Strangest Ship, Episode 3
~ 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
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.
T C CHEW
TC received his PhD in Thermofluids from Cambridge University in 1988. Early career included R&D work with Daimler-Benz in Stuttgart and British Gas (UK), and the National University of Singapore. From 1995 to 2010, Dr Chew was the CEO of the Singapore Science Centre, an institution devoted to the promotion of science literacy for the nation. He then crossed over to the commercial sector and for the past 9 years is the CEO for Frasers Centrepoint Trust, a publicly listed REIT of $2b market capitalisation.
Dr Chew is a Chartered Engineer, affiliated with the Institute of Energy (UK), and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Singapore. He is a past-president of the Asia-Pacific Association of Science and Technology Centres, and an appointed Justice of the Peace.
CJ received his PhD in Applied Mechanics from Caltech in 1982. He has worked for the Jet Propulsion Lab, NASA, Sydney University, the National University of Singapore, and the University of Western Australia.
He has many research interests in Mathematics and Engineering, but his current focus is on the flight dynamics and stability of low flying machines.
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