GACA holds Saudi workshop to empower private aircraft community

By Arya M Nair, Intern Reporter
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The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) organized a general aviation workshop in Saudi Arabia entitled “Empowering Private Aircraft Owners”, to develop the aviation community in the kingdom.

The workshop was held at the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel in the capital city of Riyadh with the participation of experts and those interested in the field of general aviation in the governmental and private sectors.

The workshop comes within the framework of developing and activating the role of general aviation and light sports aviation to develop an interest in people. Furthermore, to listen to the views of the beneficiaries and support them through legislation and international best practices to ensure their safety.

The workshop seeks to improve effective communication between GACA and the general aviation community, and build a partnership to enhance the safety, security and efficiency of general aviation in the Kingdom.

This is in addition to informing private aircraft owners of the latest strategic and operational developments, and raising the level of compliance with the key executive regulations, systems and procedures.

It also addressed the improvements made by GACA such as updating forms and requirements. Also, work was undertaken to license a number of testers from outside GACA and update the authority’s website so that the forms are in line with the requirements of the regulations.

In addition, the number of qualified inspectors will be raised in line with demand and specializations, and efforts will be made to consolidate registration and validity requests to encompass all licenses and permits.

The workshop emphasized aircraft owners’ responsibilities, which include ensuring the validity of the pilot’s license, the obligation to operate the aircraft according to the license, compliance with the guiding requirements in the Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP).

It is worth noting that the GACA is keen to hold such workshops as part of the civil aviation sector strategy’s objectives, to improve integration between the Kingdom’s various main economic sectors and enhance its global position and competitiveness in aviation.

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