On behalf of His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, the Chief of General Staff Fayyad bin Hamid Al-Ruwaili patronized in Riyadh the graduation ceremony of the 99th batch of King Faisal Air Academy (KFAA), it was reported.
Upon arrival at the venue, the Chief of the General Staff was received by Commander of the Royal Saudi Air Force Prince Turki bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, the report said.
The ceremony went as fine as scheduled, added the report.
The King Faisal Air Academy 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.