Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has launched a long distance learning platform that allows students of the preparatory year at the Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation (SACA) to complete their studies under the supervision of the Basic Training Center, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The provision by GACA of an electronic platform comes within its efforts to ensure the progress of the educational process in the academy within the precautionary measures to prevent the Covid-19. Furthermore, those benefiting from the services of the long distance learning platform are many students of the Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation, which is currently working on completing the special scientific subjects in the preparatory year, which will continue for a period of five weeks.
The Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation plays the main role towards qualifying and developing human cadres in the Kingdom’s civil aviation industry. The Academy provides all modern skills and techniques for developing and training workers in the field of air transport, as well as localization of the civil aviation sector.
The Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation aims to be an essential asset in the development of aviation sciences at the international level, the localization of the technology of the civil aviation industry in the Kingdom. Furthermore, proceed with the implementation of approved plans to meet the needs of human cadres specializing in aviation sciences. This is in addition to the development of the staff performance level in the areas of air transport security and safety in accordance with international standards and in line with the Kingdom's Vision 2030. Further, to be in the leadership position in the field of civil aviation training, and by having the lion’s share in training and development at a regional level.
Since the Academy’s inception as a training institute in 1962, about 35,000 people have benefited from its services. They include workers in the aviation sector benefiting from short term courses, as well as graduate students who have obtained academic diplomas; these students were trained and readied with the latest technologies to support the various aviation sectors in the Kingdom. The Academy is working through its programs to fulfill the market needs with a workforce that are qualified and trained in the fields of (air control - maintenance of aviation systems - fire and rescue - airport safety and operation - airport security). The Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation has recently launched a Long distance training platform for students of the English Language Diploma to complete their educational process without any interruption at the present time.
As an achievement of its academic success, the Academy was able to localize an industry that requires skills and high accuracy and contributed to the Saudization of the air traffic control to reach 100%. Furthermore, it succeeded in the process of empowering Saudi women to work in the aviation sector, where it oversaw the graduation of two batches of female air traffic controllers. Those female Air Traffic Controllers have successfully finished their assigned training and became partners in ensuring the safety and smooth flow of air traffic in the Kingdom’s skies. They have also completed the area control program with and without radar.
The Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation has obtained international recognitions from the largest international aviation organizations, most notably, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC). Furthermore, the ICAO renewed the full membership of the Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation in advanced air training program for ATC services, and also approved it as an international training center for aviation security.
Furthermore, the Academy has won an award for the best software developer besides winning a training seat on the ICAO International Training Council. Meanwhile, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) accredited the Academy as a regional certified partner “RTP”, as well as being an internationally accredited training center for ATC student. This is in addition to winning the award for (IATA) as “Best Training Partner in the Middle East”. The Academy also won full membership in the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC), which enables it to organize 11 international training programs.