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Construction date set for Saudi flight academy

SR300m centre will be ready to accept its first trainees in December.
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Saudi Arabia will begin construction of a SR300m flight academy to train commercial and private pilots on April 22, it has been reported.

The complex, near Riyadh, will be ready to accept its first trainees in December, an official from the Saudi Aviation Flight Academy (SAFA), told Arab News.

“The latest figures indicate that, given the attrition rate in air crew and the current supply of trained pilots, the Middle East will need about 20,000 new pilots over the next 10 years,” Capt. William Roe, SAFA managing director, told the paper.

The centre’s initial intake will be 36 students, growing to 200 per annum over the next five years.

SAFA is being developed by the Saudi Aviation Club and the Saudi Binladin Group and will also have an outreach programme to attract young Saudis who have ambitions of flying.

All trainee pilots will face mandatory initial screening (personality, psychometric, panel interview) and English language proficiency tests prior to acceptance, the paper reports.

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