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The Saudi National Company of Aviation (SNCA) has established a new flight academy in its aviation center at King Fahad International Airport. The new flight academy is a CAE Authorized Training Center. Drawing upon over 75 years of pilot training expertise, The pilot training programs provide focused ab initio training to aspiring pilots across Saudi Arabia and The Middle East. Our unique CPL program starts with a foundation year followed by a premier ground school course with high-quality flying instruction delivered in accordance with the Saudi Aviation Authority requirements.

CAE and SNCA announced at the 2017 Dubai Air Show a collaboration agreement for the creation of the OxfordSaudia, a CAE Authorized Training Centre. CAE is providing the authorized training centre the key elements for world-class cadet training such as commercial pilot license curriculum and courseware, the training of staff and instructors, and safety and quality control systems. As a global leader in training, CAE trains more than 220,000 crewmembers a year, including 1,500 cadets.

The authorized training center in Dammam is funded by the Saudi National Company of Aviation and has the resources and expertise to train up to 400 cadet pilots annually.

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The most impressive airport runways around the world
22 Aug

The most impressive airport runways around the world

The International Civil Aviation Organization defines a runway as a rectangular area of land specifically prepared for the landing and takeoff of aircraft. Some airport runways are man-made surfaces, often made of asphalt, concrete, or a mixture of both, and some are natural surfaces such as dirt, gravel or ice. Most runways look like a highway, just an industrial looking road leading to the airport. But some are treated as an entryway to the country. Whether by choice or chance these runways are spectacularly impressive. Let’s check the most impressive airport runways around the world. Marseille Provence Airport, France Offering a stunning landing and an even more stunning take-off, the runway in Marseille airport south of France sticks right out into the water of Etang de Berre. You can take off and land amidst the azure blue water of this 155 square kilometer lagoon, which gives you a wonderful view from the plane. In addition to that, it is the fifth busiest airport in France by passenger traffic and the third largest for cargo traffic. Not just a stunning view but also a hip and happening airport. Cristoforo Colombo Airport, Italy Named after the Genoese navigator and explorer Christopher Columbus, this airport features one of the most impressive runways in the world. Genoa Airport is an international airport built on an artificial peninsula. The runway is built on reclaimed land over the Mediterranean. It offers spectacular sea views for passengers while landing and taking off. Landing is the most impressive though as the descent from the mountains behind the city adds a surreal touch. Barra Airport, Scotland The only airport in the world where scheduled flights use a beach as the runway, Barra Airport, which lies at the northern tip of the island of Barra in Scotland, opened in 1936. Three runways are set in a triangle at the beach, marked by wooden poles at their ends. Flight times often change with the tide as these runways are usually submerged under the sea at high tides. Agatti Airport, India Agatti Airport is located on the southern end of Agatti Island in India, the takeoff and landing offer an unparalleled view which no passenger will ever forget. This airport features one asphalt runway, 1204 meters long and 30 meters wide constructed over the sea. Cristiano Ronaldo Airport, Portugal Madeira International Airport, or Cristiano Ronaldo airport, is an international airport in the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira. It is one of the most dangerous airports in Europe, only expert pilots can navigate the runway set between rocky hills and ocean. The runway has been extended 655 feet in 2003. The new extension is a spectacular bridge supported by 180 columns, each 230 feet tall, overlooking the ocean. It looks impressive from all angles! The airport was renamed as Madeira International Airport Cristiano Ronaldo in 2017, in honor of the famous soccer star that was born in Madeira. Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport, Saba The smallest commercial airport in the world, this airport lies on the Caribbean island of Saba, Caribbean Netherlands. The impressive runway is suspended precariously on a tiny shelf of land. On either end of the extremely short 1,299-foot runway is a 60-foot cliff-drop straight into the ocean. Not an easy runway for novice pilots, but a spectacular view for passengers. For more about airports see also: The largest airport in the world: Middle Eastern airports that set records Aviation in the Kingdom: Newest airports in Saudi Arabia

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6 Common trainer aircraft used in flight schools
10 Sep

6 Common trainer aircraft used in flight schools

Every flight school around the world tends to use a specific type of trainer aircraft that is in tune with its vision and the way it conducts training. But what is exactly a trainer aircraft and how does it differ from other aircrafts? Also, what are the most famous types of trainer aircraft with flight schools? That is what you’re going to learn while reading this article. A trainer aircraft is a class of aircraft designed specifically to facilitate flight training of pilots and aircrew. It has certain characteristics such as the additional safety features like tandem flight controls and a simplified cockpit arrangement. Those characteristics allow trainers to safely advance their piloting and navigation skills. Commercial pilots are normally trained in a light aircraft, with two or more seats to allow for a student and an instructor. The seats are either side by side for the pilot and instructor, or it's in tandem where the pilot is in front and the instructor behind. So here is the most popular trainer aircraft used in different flight schools around the world: Cessna 172 Also known as "The Cessna Skyhawk", The Skyhawk is the most produced aircraft ever as over 44,000 airframes were built since 1955. It is also the most popular single-engine aircraft ever built. With standout flight characteristics, a sophisticated glass cockpit outfitted with G1000 avionics, slow landing speed, great visibility, and a forgiving stall - the Cessna Skyhawk is a flight training ideally suited for student pilots. The 172 was based on an earlier Cessna design called the 170. Yet, The 172's design was so clean and aerodynamic that Cessna’s marketing department called it the “land-o-matic” because it was so easy to fly and land. Diamond DA40 The Diamond DA40 Star is an Austrian four-seat, single-engine, light aircraft constructed from composite materials and built-in both Austria and Canada by Austrian company Diamond Aircraft Industries. Its safe handling characteristics make it an ideal primary training aircraft and its modern design allow for a cruise speed in excess of 140 knots. The excellent visibility from the cockpit along with the traffic awareness provided by the Garmin G1000 greatly enhances safety, especially when flying in congested airspace. The DA40 was the first to use G1000, which is now the standard in new aircraft. Diamond DA42 The Diamond DA42 Twin is Diamond's first twin-engine design, as well as the first new European twin-engine aircraft in its category to be developed in over 25 years. This propeller-driven airplane with four-seats and two engines allows pilots to have a backup engine in case one of the engines would fail in flight which guarantees a high safety level. The DA42 offers the ultimate in handling, stability, and control, ease of operation and structural, system and propulsion redundancies, all coupled with a high degree of crashworthiness.  Additionally, The DA42 is the first diesel-powered fixed-wing aircraft to perform a non-stop crossing of the North Atlantic. It is equipped with active and passive safety features which help to avoid accidents in the first place and to minimize the probability and degree of injury. Piper PA-28 Cherokee The Piper PA-28 Cherokee is one of the most worldwide well-known low-wing, training airplanes. Piper PA-28 Cherokee is a family of two-seat or four-seat light aircraft built by Piper Aircraft and designed for flight training, air taxi and for personal use. The PA-28 family of aircraft comprises all-metal, unpressurized, single-engine, piston-powered airplanes with low-mounted wings and tricycle landing gear. Piper PA-28 family has a single door on the right side, which is entered by stepping on the wing. Cirrus SR20 The Cirrus SR20 is an American piston-engine, four-or-five-seat aircraft composite monoplane built by Cirrus Aircraft. The SR20 is popular with many flight schools and is operated by private individuals and companies. Produced from 1999, The SR20 was one of the first aircraft to offer "advanced technology" avionics, and this was a whole new effort in-flight instructor training and awareness for students. The SR20 was the first aviation aircraft equipped with a parachute to lower the airplane safely to the ground after a loss of control, structural failure or mid-air collision. Cirrus SR22 Cirrus SR22 is one of the most produced and best selling aircraft of the 21st century. It is a single-engine, four-or-five-seat composite aircraft built from 2001 by Cirrus Aircraft. Cirrus SR22 is a development of the Cirrus SR20, with a larger wing, higher fuel capacity, and a more powerful engine. However, both are equipped with the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS), which can lower the entire aircraft to the ground relatively gently in an emergency. To learn more about flight training see also: How much does it cost to become a pilot?   References: www.diamondaircraft.com   www.osmaviationacademy.com www.flyingmag.com www.airforce-technology.com calaero.edu www.thissideupaviation.com www.piperflyer.org www.bankofaircraft.com nationalinterest.org www.airforce-technology.com cirrusaircraft.com

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