GACA and MOOG hold airport safety workshop

Participants at the FOD workshop (AN photo)
Updated 29 October 2018

GACA and MOOG hold airport safety workshop

A major workshop on foreign object debris (FOD) at airports, which can cause damage worth billions of dollars to airlines, airports, and airport tenants every year, was recently organized by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), in collaboration with MOOG Navigation and Surveillance Systems (NaSS), a company specializing in ground-based navigation systems.

“The main purpose of the workshop was to create awareness about FOD and its serious impact on the aviation industry,” said Suleiman Albassam, GACA vice president. He said the workshop underlined the need for Saudi airports to implement a FOD detection system and apply a FOD management program to ensure safety for passengers, aircraft and airports.

The workshop participants were enlightened about Tarsier, an automatic FOD detection system, before its implementation at major Saudi airports, Albassam said.

The event in Riyadh was attended by industry leaders including Talal Masrahi, GACA’s operations and safety director; and Abdulmohsen Alhobayeb, chief executive of Saudi Information Technology (SIT).

Tarsier FOD Detection System has been installed in world-first class international airports such as London Heathrow and Vancouver for more than 11 years. Tarsier is a military grade radar and camera system.


STC offers free 5G service for two months

Nasser Al-Nasser CEO of STC
Updated 12 November 2019

STC offers free 5G service for two months

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) is offering its 5G services free of cost for a period of two months starting from the subscription date. This service will enable customers to benefit from high speeds based on STC’s strong network in the Kingdom.
STC CEO Nasser Al-Nasser confirmed the group’s commitment to continue leading in the 5G era, highlighting its leadership as the first operator in the Kingdom and the Middle East to launch the live network for 5G in May 2018.
The telecom giant had deployed its 5G network at 196 sites in Makkah, Madinah and other holy places, such as Mina, Arafat and Muzdalifah during Hajj this year.
“The launch of the 5G package reflects STC’s commitment to its pivotal role as a key enabler of digital transformation and the development of the telecommunications and information technology sector in the Kingdom,” Al-Nasser added.