Alsalam builds F-15 parts

Updated 22 July 2013

Alsalam builds F-15 parts

In a major breakthrough, the Riyadh-based Alsalam Aircraft Company has made the first spare parts for the F-15 jet fighters, the company announced here Sunday.
“This is the first time an aviation project of this scale has been established in the Kingdom and we anticipate this will set the stage for additional assembly and manufacturing work that continues to provide high technology jobs for Saudi nationals,” Mohammed N. Fallatah, Alsalam’s president and CEO, said.
Alsalam company has entered a new phase in the company’s 25-year history with their first manufactured component loaded onto Boeing’s F-15 strike fighter.
On July 1 , Alsalam provided the easier explanation of what is to be supplied to be integrated on the RSAF’s F-15S. The delivery marks a milestone for the contract awarded by Boeing in June 2012 for Alsalam to assemble the new wings and forward fuselage sections for the conversion of the F-15S to the F-15SA configuration.
“Over the past 12 months, Alsalam has been undergoing intensive preparations for the loading of the first component piece into the assembly tooling,” Fallatah said. “This marks the transition from conventional maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) activity on commercial and military airplanes to a position of creating added value with the assembly of large aircraft components.”
Immediately after signing the F-15SA wing and forward fuselage contract last year the company moved into action assigning a leadership team and developing the project plan that included extensive training.
The training has been intensive both out of country and at the Alsalam facility where new classrooms were built to validate the skills in preparation for the assembly work. With the loading of the first assembly fixture this week, the company begins the process of validating the skills and training during First Article Qualification (FAQ). The FAQ is a rigorous process to ensure the subsequent shipsets of wings and forward fuselages are all built to the detailed specifications and all the components are assembled correctly.
“This was part of the vision for Alsalam when the company was established 25 years ago and, as the company is able to demonstrate world-class performance we will be able to add more high-value work content to our portfolio of capabilities,” Fallatah added.
Alsalam has achieved a Saudization rate of 56 percent and seeks to increase this rate as new contracts are awarded. The target for new programs is set at no less than 60 percent Saudis.
When it comes to aircraft maintenance, modification and technical support in the Middle East, Alsalam Aircraft Company is the pioneer in the industry.
It offers comprehensive services for commercial, corporate, VIP, and military customers worldwide. Its expertise covers civil aircraft maintenance, military aircraft maintenance, programmed depot maintenance (PDM), technical support programs (TSP), manufacturing and assembly, and VIP interior completions in addition to specialized aviation training.
Alsalam is a certified and approved repair station by major aviation authorities locally and internationally as a Part 145 Organization. It is also the only designated warranty center for Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Study says work-life balance disturbed by remote working culture

Updated 26 May 2020

Study says work-life balance disturbed by remote working culture

RIYADH: In the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, governments around the world introduced strict measures to curb its spread.

Due to the unavailability of a vaccine against the virus, social distancing is here to stay for the foreseeable future.

And with stringent coronavirus measures, companies have made arrangements for employees to work from home. As there is no clarity about an end to this viral outbreak, debate on work-life balance has been ignited.

A new study titled “How COVID-19 changed the way people work” — conducted by global cybersecurity company Kaspersky — reveals how quarantine has influenced how people work from home.

The “new normal” that workers are now facing is starting to have an impact on their work-life balance.

Nearly a third (31 percent) of workers said they are spending more time working than they did before. However, 46 percent said they have increased the amount of time they spend on personal activities.

This increased time on “personal activities” may be attributed to the fact that many people do not have to spend time commuting.

The study added that it has become harder for workers to separate working and personal activity, especially when it comes to IT.

It further stated that 55 percent of workers are now reading more news compared with life before the pandemic.

Workers are also developing a habit of using personal services for work, increasing digital risks, including the disclosure of sensitive information. 

Some 42 percent of employees use personal email accounts for work-related matters, and 49 percent admit their usage has increased when working from home. 

“Organizations cannot just fulfill all user requests, such as allowing staff to use any services. It is necessary to find a balance between user convenience, business necessity and security. To achieve this, a company should provide access to services based on the principle of only supplying minimal and necessary privileges, implement a VPN and use secure and approved corporate systems,” said Andrey Evdokimov, chief information security officer at Kaspersky.

He added: “These types of software may have certain restrictions that slightly reduce usability, but offer greater assurances in providing security measures.”

Dr. Waquar Ahmad Khan, an assistant professor at Taibah University, Madinah told Arab News: “The COVID-19 outbreak and the subsequent work-from-home imperatives and lockdowns have led to significant changes in the workings and lifestyles.”

He highlighted that working from home has both positive and negative aspects. 

“Being an academic I can say that teaching is an occupation with low suitability to work from home. To teach remotely without socializing can compromise both teachers and students’ academic performance and mental health,” he said.

There are other issues from the new working culture. Support from colleagues is now harder to find, at least face-to-face, he said, adding that anxieties about the public health issues itself are high.

Dr. Majed Al-Hedayan, a legal expert, told Arab News that the pandemic has led to a restructuring of the concept of job commitments.

“It has become an ambitious and optimistic view contrary to what it was before the pandemic that the performance of workers was below the level of ambition,” he added.

“This motivates public and private entities to adopt a methodology for remote working in the coming period after the pandemic,” said Al-Hedayan.