Saudi Aviation Flight Academy (SAFA) continues to deliver quality pilot training in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to fuel ongoing pilot demands. SAFA announced its second anniversary this week.
Since its inception in June 2012 as a world-class pilot training academy in Saudi, SAFA has enrolled more than 130 students to its various training programs. More than 60 students have completed the different courses and/or passed the desired examinations. Some of the students who passed the GACA check-rides at SAFA are already working in some of the leading airlines and corporate sectors as pilots.
SAFA’s experienced flight instructor core is comprised of experts from across the globe including USA, UK, Italy, Norway, Jordan, Morocco and Saudi Arabia. SAFA encourages Saudi youth to join the aviation sector and SAFA is committed to helping the community to obtain pilot certificates with international standards to help them become aviation professionals. Abdulrahman Alraddadi who is a Ground Instructor at SAFA completed his GACA Commercial Certificate at SAFA and is now pursuing his CFII course while working.
Though SAFA is operating from a temporary facility in Thumamah, the new building and hangar construction is in progress. The multi-million dollar project will include a state of the art facility with advanced aircraft and simulators to take students from zero experience to professional pilot. The first phase of the project includes the admin and training buildings, hangar and simulator buildings; projected to be completed by the first quarter of 2015. The later phases will include housing units for staff & students, commercial complexes and other service facilities.
Captain William Roe, the Managing Director at SAFA said, “When we look back at those days when we initially launched the project plan in early 2009, I can see clear growth and progress in our efforts to establish this flight school in Saudi. We are approaching to the reality of having a fully equipped flight school for the Kingdom. At SAFA our primary efforts are to support Saudi youth and we are committed to Saudiization. The vision for SAFA is to provide exciting careers for Saudi Nationals.”
Captain Roe continues, “With the way our permanent facility is progressing, I am excited to announce that this will be the last year we occupy our present facilities. During the first quarter of 2015, we will move into the first phase of our permanent facilities, which will include the main academy building, the aircraft maintenance hangar and associated apron. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all our students and employees who stood head and shoulders above the crowd, for their excellence, professionalism and strong individual commitments in making this dream a reality.”
SAFA is a GACAR Part 141 approved pilot training academy with ultra modern facilities contained in a purpose built campus at the Thumamah Airfield in King Khaled National Park, Thumamah, Riyadh.
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