130 Saudi women apply for air traffic control training

The female graduates of the air traffic control diploma program will be hired by Saudi Air Navigation Services to work at its air traffic control centers, including that of King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, above. (Shutterstock)
Updated 25 July 2018

130 Saudi women apply for air traffic control training

  • The applicants underwent admission tests and interviews – and based on the results and the grades they score – candidates will be selected to join the program
  • The graduates of the course will get the Saudi Air Traffic Control Academy diploma and will be hired by SANS to work at its air traffic control centers

RIYADH: The Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation has started interviewing 130 female applicants for an air traffic control course, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The students are the second batch of applicants to the program, which upon completion will be hired as air traffic controllers.

The academy initiative, in collaboration with Saudi Air Navigation Services (SANS), is part of an ambitious program to create more jobs for Saudi women.

Head of the Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation, Fahd Al-Harbi, said in statement quoted by SPA that joint committees have received the female applicants in the cities of Jeddah and Riyadh.

The applicants underwent admission tests and interviews, and based on the results and the grades they score, candidates will be selected to join the program.

Al-Harbi said the Diploma of Air Traffic Control takes a full academic year.

The graduates of the course will get the Saudi Air Traffic Control Academy diploma and will be hired by SANS to work at its air traffic control centers.

The course involves the studying of 13 subjects, including physics, mathematics, aviation language, basic aerodynamic training and tower control.


2 more Houthi drones shot down by Saudi-led Coalition forces

Updated 32 min 53 sec ago

2 more Houthi drones shot down by Saudi-led Coalition forces

  • Three drones, six ballistic missiles launched toward Saudi Arabia by Houthis in a span of 24 hours
  • All six missiles and three drones were shot down by Coalition air defenses

JEDDAH: Two more drones launched by Houthi "terrorists" from Sanaa toward Saudi Arabia were shot down early Monday, the ninth hit in a span of 24 hours, Coalition forces supporting Yemen's legitimate government said .

In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), coalition spokesman Colonel Turki Al-Maliki said the two drones were intercepted and shot down in Yemeni airspace by Saudi-led air defense forces.

On Sunday evening, six ballistic missiles fired from Yemen were also intercepted by the coalition as they headed towards Jazan in south-west Saudi Arabia.

Al-Maliki said the missiles were launched by Houthis from Saada province "in an attempt to target civilian and civilian installations in Jazan city.” 

Earlier on Sunday, the coalition shot down a Houthi drone targeting the Saudi city of Khamis Mushayt, state news agency SPA reported.

The drone attack targeting Khamis Mushayt, state was the second on the city in recent days. 

Earlier this month, 10 drones attacked the Shaybah natural gas liquefaction plant in Saudi Arabia near the UAE border. The attack caused no injuries and did not disrupt operations, Saudi Arabia said.

Al-Maliki said the attacks reflect the size of the Houthi’s losses on the battlefield in Yemen as a result “of the continuing military operations deep inside Saada governorate.”

"All attempts by the Iranian-backed terrorist Houthi militia to launch drones are doomed to fail and the coalition takes all operational procedures and best practices of engagement rules to deal with these drones to protect civilians," Al-Maliki said.