CAE and the Saudi National Company of Aviation (SNCA) are to collaborate on the creation of a CAE Authorised Training Centre in the Middle East region.

Under the terms of a new agreement between the two companies announced at the Dubai Airshow, the new CAE Authorised Training Centre will be funded by SNCA and be located at Dammam’s King Fahad International Airport in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on a dedicated 40,000 square metre site.

CAE will provide the centre with the key elements for high-quality cadet training, such as commercial pilot license curriculum and courseware, the training of staff and instructors, and safety and quality control systems.

“Developing the pilots of tomorrow is our priority and as the leading worldwide training organisation in the world, CAE is the best suitable partner to help us with the launch of this project and to accompany us in this journey”, commented Othman Al Moutairi, President & CEO of SNCA. “This centre gives us the ability to supply locally trained pilots to our growing regional and global airlines, whilst also providing a highly skilled career opportunity for students.” “We are very proud to host the first flight academy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that trains both men and women of Saudi and non-Saudi origin. Bringing this high-quality training to our region is in line with The Kingdom’s vision to bring economic growth and create job opportunities,” added Turki Aljawini, CEO of King Fahad International airport.