DAMMAM: The universal Oxford Aviation Academy will open its first Middle Eastern branch in Dammam to train Saudi women to become commercial pilots.
”The launch of the academy was announced at the Dubai Air Show on Sunday with a license from the Saudi civil aviation authority. The academy will be opened at the Dammam airport on Jan.1 2018,” Director General of the academy in the Middle East Rtd. Col. Othman Al-Mutairi told Al-Watan on Tuesday.
Al-Mutairi added that applicants should be holders of higher secondary certificate, proficient in English language, pass the required medical examination and then complete certain ground and aviation studies and there is no age restriction for admission. Soft bank loan will be available for those who need it. Men will also be trained in the academy.
The certificate issued to the academy graduates will qualify them to be a certified pilot eligible to fly commercial aircraft anywhere in the world.
Only 40 percent of the commercial pilots in the Kingdom are Saudis. Only two Saudi women have been granted accredited license to fly aircraft so far, he said.