Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation


The Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation aims to achieve a number of essential objectives:
  • To meet the manpower needs of the General Authority of Civil Aviation and to give its staff the world-class skills and knowhow that are necessary to ensure the safety and security of flying in the Kingdom’s airspace.
  • To become a major national, regional and global contributor to the development of aviation science and help nationalize the aviation industry.
  • Implement plans to fulfil the manpower needs of the General Authority of Civil Aviation and other institutions that need personnel qualified in various civil aviation sciences.
  • Enhance the performance of the staff of the Authority and other institutions in the fields of airport security and safety as per international standards.
  • Design and develop training programs that meet the needs of the Authority’s staff in accordance with global standards.
  • Develop working methods and the staff of the Academy’s centers and departments.
  • Help enhance international cooperation with regional and international civil aviation training institutions to gain experience.


Being an academic institution that offers knowledge in the field of civil aviation, a vital global industry with exacting standards, the Academy’s staff, especially those whose jobs are of a technical nature, must possess certain qualities, such as knowledge, integrity, skill, responsibility and accountability.
The academy’s value system is based on the following:
  • Commitment to responsibility, accountability, and discipline.
  • Striving to perform one’s duties with honesty and integrity.
  •  Commitment to developing and enhancing knowledge and excellence.
  • Integrity, fairness and justice.
  • Transparency and access to information for public wellbeing.
  • Relentless sense of duty towards the community, common values and profession.
  • Exert every possible effort at the individual and group levels to maintain the Academy’s excellent image and status and enhance it continuously.
  • Mutual respect and honest cooperation among all of the Academy’s staff.

Departments of the Academy:

There are six departments in the Academy:
  • Academic Development
  • Planning and Business Development
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Support Services
  • Public Relations and Communication


The Council of Ministers’ Motion 33, dated 21 March 2005, which approved the code of the General Authority of Civil Aviation, states that the Authority is the regulator of the Kingdom’s civil aviation industry, tasked with implementing the standards and recommendations of the ICAO.
The motion also states that one of the Authority’s tasks is to train and qualify manpower for the various sectors of civil aviation, and is responsible for building training institutions and centers to develop manpower. The policy of opening up the civil aviation sector brought about a growing need for the technical services the Authority has to offer within the Kingdom’s airspace and in its airports to ensure the security and safety of flying.
Out of the Authority’s commitment to develop and enhance the capabilities of its manpower, it set forth detailed plans that span a number of years to bring the academy out into existence in a manner that satisfies the aspirations of the top officials responsible for this national institution.
Based on the detailed presentation about the academy presented at the Authority’s meeting in Riyadh on 2 December 2007, the Board’s Executive Committee approved the establishment of the academy, backed by the Board’s decision 3C-32 of said date, and endorsed by the late Crown Prince Sultan, Deputy Head of the Council of Ministers, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General, and President of the General Authority of Civil Aviation, who ordered that the then Technical Training Institute of Air Navigation be turned into the Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation.


To offer a wide, diverse range of basic and specialized training and education in the field of civil aviation, in response to the needs of the global market in general and the national market in particular. This can be achieved through the following:

  • Modern, certified curricula that meet the standards of concerned international organizations and institutions, updated as needed to keep up with the latest international developments.
  • Highly qualified, internationally certified trainers and educators.
  • The latest workshops, simulators and equipment.
  • Modern, environmentally friendly buildings and facilities.
  • Suitable, appropriate living and studying environments that cater to the social, cultural, health and financial needs of trainers, educators, students and employees.


To maintain a sustained high scientific and competitive ranking among its peers.

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