Saudi student flies into top spot at US aviation contest

Updated 04 April 2016

Saudi student flies into top spot at US aviation contest

DAMMAM: Saudi scholarship student Muhammad Ghulam, studying mechanical engineering in the American Rhode Island state, stood first in the university design competition sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The competition is designed for developing practical, innovative airport technologies to address real challenges facing the aviation industry.
Ghulam, from King Abdullah Foreign Scholarship Program, said: “I won the first prize in the airport operations and maintenance category after successfully passing the task of designing a system to improve methods for detecting and removing debris and stray pieces of material that could potentially damage an aircraft on a runway. This is what happened in 2000, when the Concorde plane exploded while takeoff due to such materials.”
The invention that addresses the issues of Foreign Object Debris (FOD), which is one of the major challenges in the aviation industry, is distinct from other debris removal systems in that no extra vehicle is needed to sweep the airport surfaces, he said.
Ghulam said the machine is designed to be retrofitted between the front and rear axles of baggage carts at airports because such carts are stationed all the time in the outer arenas of airports where such debris are often found.


Saudi envoy receives Libyan ambassador to the UN

Updated 18 January 2020

Saudi envoy receives Libyan ambassador to the UN

NEW YORK: Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN, held talks in New York with Taher El-Sonni, Libya’s UN ambassador and permanent representative. 

The two sides discussed issues of mutual concern and latest political developments in the region. 

Al-Mouallimi congratulated El-Sonni for his new apppointment and conveyed the Saudi leadership’s best wishes for prosperity, stability and progress to the Libyan people. 

Al-Mouallimi reiterated Saudi Arabia’s rejection of any foreign interference in the Libyan affairs, adding that Riyadh will continue to push all concerned parties to reach a political solution that guarantees the unity of Libya and saves
people’s lives.