Training Programs

 

PSAA provides training programs made according to rules and regulations of General Authority of Civil Aviation – GACA, Federal Aviation Administration – FAA, and other Aviation Authorities.

The following personnel can benefit from these programs:

Cockpit Crew: Captains, First Officers, Flight Engineers

Cabin Crew: In-Flight Supervisors, Pursers, Flight Attendants

Ground Personnel: Flight Dispatchers, Flight Ops. Officers, Crew Schedulers, Operations Planners

The trainee receives a program tailored to his immediate requirements and based upon his level of experience. Establishing and maintaining the necessary knowledge and proficiency levels of a flight crewmember ensures compliance with the standards established by GACA/FAA and the international airline governing agencies. The following definitions describe briefly the purpose of main programs conducted at the academy.

Initial Training

This training is designed for Flight Deck Crew, Cabin Crew, Dispatchers or any other Flight Operations Services personnel who have been newly hired, recruited from within the company, or are being promoted and required Initial Training.

Transition Training

As Flight Deck Crew, Cabin Crew, Dispatchers or any other Flight Operations Services personnel gain experience, they become eligible to move to other aircraft. These trainees must learn how to serve in their former capacity on the new equipment type. These training courses are designed in such a way that trainee must attain the desired level professional skill.

Recurrent Training

Flight Deck Crew, Cabin Crew, and Dispatchers are required to participate in recurrent training programs each calendar year. Recurrent Training involves Ground Training Courses for all. However, Flight Deck Crew also require Flight Simulator Proficiency Training / Flight Proficiency Checks. The information presented includes current and revised procedures, systems reviews and related articles. This ensures that each trainee is adequately trained and up to date with respect to the type of airplane and position involved.

Differences Training

Flight Crews and Dispatchers, who are being assigned to a different variant of an aircraft within Saudi Arabian Airlines, may have to attend differences training. The purpose of this training is to familiarize the trainee with the differences that may exist in the same type of aircraft. These differences may be design, location and operation of equipment, safety considerations or operating procedures.

Re-Qualification Training

This type of training is defined as the category of training conducted specifically to restore a previously qualified crewmember to qualify status. To be eligible for re-qualification training, a crewmember must have been previously qualified by Saudi Arabian Airlines in that aircraft type and duty position and have subsequently lost that qualification.

Route, Area, and Airport Qualification

This training program provides a method of initially qualifying and re-qualifying the pilot in command for operations into New Route, Special Area and Airport Qualifications.

Computer Based Training - CBT

Using a new method to replace conventional stand-up classroom teaching, the academy has 185 CBT stations where trainees are able to progress through a specific curriculum at their own individual pace. However, instructors are available to answer their additional queries. PSAA launched in 2012 the eLearning feature to replace classroom and Computer Based Training (CBT). Cockpit Training for the Airbus (A320 & A330) and Boeing (B777) Differences course are available for eLearning in SAP Learning Solution. All crew members will have access to the training they are assigned to anywhere there is an internet connection.

Flight Training Devices–FTD & Flight Management System Trainers – FMST

The FTD functions as an aircraft systems and procedures trainer and presents the opportunity to review normal and emergency procedures. The FMST functions as a review for trainees on the Flight Management System (FMS) & its procedures.

Prince Sultan Aviation Academy has:

4 FTD’s: one B777, one Embraer 170, one MD90, one A320; and two Frasca.

3 FMST’s: one B747-400, one B777 & one MD90.

Door Trainers

Cabin Door Trainers are to train the crew in normal and emergency operation of the aircraft doors. In an emergency situation where visibility inside the plane is restricted due to darkness or smoke, the aircrew must be able to locate and operate door controls efficiently.

We have 11 Door Trainers at PSAA, one B777, three B747, three MD90, one A320, one EMB -170, one A321 and one A330.