(MENAFN- Saudi News Agency) Riyadh, December 25, 2021, SPA – The General Civil Aviation Authority (GACA) today hosted a General Aviation Workshop in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia titled “Empowering owners of private aircraft ”, with the participation of a number of specialists and those interested in the field of general aviation in the government and private sectors. The workshop was held at the Hilton Garden Inn hotel in the capital Riyadh.
The setting up of the workshop is part of the development and activation of the role of general aviation and light sport aviation to pave the way for those who wish to develop these leisure activities; In addition, listen to the views of beneficiaries and provide them with the appropriate space through legislation and international best practices to ensure the safety of beneficiaries and the community.
The workshop aims to improve effective communication between GACA and the general aviation community in the Kingdom, and to establish a partnership to improve the safety, security and efficiency of general aviation in the Kingdom. This is in addition to informing private aircraft owners about the latest strategic and operational developments and increasing the level of compliance with relevant regulations, systems and executive procedures.
The workshop focused on several points, including the role of the regulatory and supervisory authority through the establishment of general aviation rules and regulations in accordance with international standards and best practices; in addition, monitoring the compliance of establishments and individuals with the requirements mentioned in the regulations to ensure a high level of safety. He also discussed the improvements made by GACA through updated forms and requirements. In addition, work has been undertaken to accredit a certain number of testers outside the GACA and update the authority’s website so that the forms comply with regulatory requirements. This is in addition to increasing the number of qualified inspectors according to needs and specializations, and work to unify registration and validity applications to include all licenses and permits.
At the same time, the workshop reviewed the definition of the conditions issued by the GACA in relation to general aviation and the requirements that must be met in the areas of licensing and issuing certificates to individuals to organize basic training, issuance of registration and airworthiness certificates for civil aircraft; in addition, monitoring the application of safety requirements, registering airstrips and granting licenses to airport operators, and monitoring operators’ commitment to safety; in addition, the authorization of operators for air traffic services and the monitoring of their compliance with the Kingdom’s airspace regulations and rules.
The workshop highlighted the responsibilities of aircraft owners, including ensuring the validity of the pilot’s license, the obligation to operate the aircraft in accordance with the license, compliance with publication guidance requirements aeronautical information (AIP). This is in addition to ensuring the presence of the required certificates in the cockpit, the reporting of accidents and the commitment to operate the aircraft in accordance with the aircraft flight manuals (AFM); in addition, perform aircraft maintenance in accordance with the manufacturer’s manual and no transport of prohibited hazardous materials.
It should be noted that the GACA wishes to organize such workshops within the framework of the objectives of the Civil Aviation Sector Strategy, with the aim of strengthening the integration between the different main economic sectors of the Kingdom, using the latest ideas. , technologies and qualitative solutions; furthermore, strengthen the Kingdom’s position and competitiveness on a global scale as a leading center in the use of the latest technologies and smart innovations, in accordance with global best practices.
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