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The Globe as you know it is changing.

Since 2007, Southeast Asia Globe has been a space for some of the region’s best writers and photographers to take our readers behind the headlines into the stories that shape people’s lives. Every month, you could expect to pick up our latest print edition and find high-quality journalism, analysis and artwork waiting on every page. And since 2007, we’ve fought to uphold our promise of quality and independence to you, our readers.

But, like we said, the world is changing. Print publications just aren’t reaching the audiences they need to fulfil their promise of informing, educating and entertaining the public. Advertisers continue to invest in digital platforms while printing costs creep ever higher. Print may not be dead, but it’s fighting for its life. And we’re tired of waiting by a sickbed for its condition to improve. We want to be present at the birth of something new.

That’s why Southeast Asia Globe is relaunching as a member-driven platform featuring daily long-form features combining world-class journalism with enthralling art design and data-centered tech. Through our core pillars – Power, Money, Life and Earth – we are focusing in on the central issues that our readers have always engaged with most, with the same in-depth coverage of politics, business, social affairs and the environment that you’ve come to expect since 2007.

But leaving print behind us doesn’t just save our backs from lugging stacks of magazines across Southeast Asia. It opens up a global readership who don’t just want to read the news, but have a say in the stories that we tell and the way that we tell them. We’re not asking you to take out another magazine subscription – our stories are open to all. What we’re offering our members is a space where they can pitch and vote on the stories that they think deserve to be told. We want to inspire an engaged and active community of members who vote for, comment on and contribute to the stories that matter most to them. We want to work with our members to curate the way they engage with the news – not just as readers, but as an active extension of our editorial team.

That’s how we’re changing to bring you great stories. Here’s how we’re not.

We’re independent. Always have been, always will be. We’re not owned by any corporation or aligned with any state. We choose the stories that we tell, and the way that we tell them.

We’re creative. We’re not interested in churning out breaking news stories on the hour, every hour. We believe that the best stories are the ones that come alive on the page, digging deeper into the issues that shape Southeast Asia – and bringing you along for the ride. From our dedicated designers to our new software development team, our commitment is to constantly challenge ourselves to find new ways of reaching out to our readers.

We’re open. Challenging governments, NGOs and businesses to be transparent with the public means nothing if we keep our own readers in the dark. That’s why we will be completely open about why we tell the stories that we tell – and how we pay for them. Work with us to build something that endures where many media fail, and decide with us exactly where that money is going.

Above all, we’re optimistic. And yeah, we know what you’re thinking. Faced with impending climate collapse, the rise of right-wing authoritarian governments across the world, widening wealth and income inequality and deepening divisions rooted in race or gender or creed, it’s hard not to open the papers and feel the weight of the world pressing down. But we wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t believe that when people work together, they can make their little corner of the world a more just, open and equal place.

And that’s why we can’t do this without you. We believe that across the globe is a community of people who care deeply about social justice, environmental action and press freedom – and who will join in to help make those ideals a reality. We’re not just holding our hand out – we need your voice to play a vital role in building Southeast Asia Globe into a leading space for progressive causes in the region. Tell us what stories the mainstream media is missing. Share with us the causes that matter most to you, and how we can champion those causes not just across Southeast Asia, but the world.

Our vision is clear. By 2025, we want to be recognised for building a great space for outstanding journalists from across the region to explore new ways of telling Southeast Asia’s most vital stories. Let’s bring together a community of engaged and loyal members who want to help reshape the media rather than just read it. And we want to reach a point where our readers, not advertisers, are the ones working to support our shared vision of an inclusive media.

We can’t do this without you. Let’s get together and build something that we all believe in.

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Cambodia / Flourishing aviation industry must embrace new technologies

By: Robin Spiess - Posted on: September 27, 2018 | Business

In Cambodia and across Southeast Asia, the aviation industry has been growing at a rapid pace in recent years. Southeast Asia Globe sits down with Brian Davis, vice president of tech-based aircraft company Honeywell Aerospace, to discuss how emerging technologies could help the region’s airports prepare for continued growth

Brian Davis, vice president of Honeywell Aerospace, believes that investment in air traffic management (ATM) technologies would be advantageous for Cambodia Photo: Honeywell Aerospace

Can you describe the state of Cambodia’s aviation industry and highlight its biggest challenges?
The Cambodian aviation industry has been enjoying a period of remarkable growth over the past few years. Just last year, the country saw its fastest yearly growth on record at its three international airports, with passenger traffic reaching 8.8 million — a 25% rise from 2016. In order to prepare for future growth, Cambodia has already begun investing in the refurbishment of its existing airports and has made plans to construct new ones.

For example, last year Cambodia Airports completed a $100m upgrade of the terminals at Phnom Penh and Siem Reap airports. Furthermore, the government has already made plans to construct two new airports, with one totalling 2,600 hectares and therefore slated to be the ninth-largest airport in the world.

While airport expansion and development initiatives go a long way to ensure Cambodia is well equipped to support future growth in passenger traffic, they are often complicated and can take years to complete. This, coupled with rising passenger demand, continues to put a strain on safety and operational efficiency at existing airports within the country.

What do you believe are the most viable solutions for these challenges?
Investment in air traffic management (ATM) technologies would be advantageous for Cambodia, as they can act as an interim solution to help the country manage the rise in air traffic while airports are being built and expansions are underway. Additionally, they are able to support the country’s long-term passenger growth and avoid potential impact on airport operability and functionality.

Beyond airports, ATM technologies can help Cambodia make better and more efficient use of its airspace, which, unlike airport capacity, cannot be expanded. In other words, there is a limited number of commercial air traffic routes and approach trajectories that are available within any country.

Airlines in Cambodia also need to start leveraging smart technologies to achieve cost savings, especially as the aviation landscape in Asia Pacific becomes increasingly competitive. Connected aircraft solutions — such as predictive maintenance and flight efficiency services — can unlock savings, reduce operational costs and improve overall flying experience for airlines in Cambodia.

Brian Davis, the vice president of Honeywell Aerospace Photo: Honeywell Aerospace

What are some examples of ATM technologies that could help Southeast Asian airports manage future growth?
There is a whole range of ATM solutions that can improve operational efficiency and safety within a country’s airports and airspace.

Ground-based augmentation systems, for example, are capable of supporting multiple aircraft on multiple runways simultaneously, through precision approaches and landings that help to improve safety and operational efficiency. This technology increases airport capacity while decreasing air traffic noise and weather-related delays. Moreover, it enables aircraft to fly fuel-efficient descents and saves on maintenance costs. Kuala Lumpur is in the process of installing such a system, which can yield maintenance savings of up to $400,000.

Beyond ground-based technologies for airports, airlines can also leverage airborne ATM technologies to enhance the safety of their aircraft during takeoff and landing. As airport runways witness greater aircraft movement, runway incursions and excursions become an increasingly pressing safety concern. To alleviate this, airports can invest in software upgrades that provide pilots with greater situational awareness as well as timely advisories and alerts, thereby greatly reducing the risk of runway incidents.

Are there any emerging aviation technologies that Southeast Asia’s airports should know about?
Connectivity, big data analytics and the “internet of things” are becoming a staple for technology companies. The aviation industry is no different, and is in the midst of a digital transformation itself — moving beyond hardware-based solutions and towards software-based services and applications.

We are heavily invested in the research and development of connected technologies, constantly studying the industry’s pain points and working on solutions that can improve the lives of everyone in the aviation industry. Among these include speech and noise recognition technologies for the cockpit, as well as sensors that are able to measure air conditions to reveal volcanic ash or any other environments that could adversely affect various aircraft systems.