On behalf of His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, Fayyad bin Hamid Al-Ruwaili, Chief of General Staff, patronized in Riyadh the graduation ceremony of the 100th batch of King Faisal Air College.
Upon arrival at the ceremony, the Chief of the General Staff was received by Commander of the Royal Saudi Air Force Prince Turki bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, and a number of senior military officials.
A speech ceremony was held on this occasion. A number of senior officials attended the ceremony, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The King Faisal Air Academy (KFAA) is a military officer academy and flight school in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Founded on 10 January 1968, by Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, Minister of Defense and Aviation, King Faisal Air Academy was officially opened on 20 May 1970 under the auspices of King Faisal bin Abdul Aziz.
The College has an internal and external scholarship system to study other aviation sciences such as aviation engineering, accounting and law.
Training lasts for twenty-seven months, with bachelor's degrees in aeronautical sciences awarded to aircrew and engineering degrees awarded to technical specialties.
Programs include fighter pilot, weapon director, air traffic controller, and information technology training. Because most of the Royal Saudi Air Force's equipment is made by the United Kingdom and the United States, instruction is in English, and much of the faculty is British.
Unlike other officer training schools, graduates of KFAA are trained as both pilots and officers simultaneously and are fully qualified for both flight and command duties upon graduation. Some graduates go on to further training with the United States Air Force at Columbus Air Force Base.
In another development, Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Chief of the General Staff and Acting Joint Forces Commander Lieutenant General Motlaq bin Salem Al-Azimah met in Riyadh with the Director General of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Pakistani Army, Lt General Mohammad Chiragh Haider.
During the meeting, they discussed means of strengthening and developing relations in military cooperation between the Saudi armed forces and the Pakistani army.