Saudi Arabia

Licensed Provider & Training Center
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The Saudi Aviation Flight Academy (SAFA) is located 35 miles north of Saudi Arabia’s metropolis city and capital—Riyadh. The facility is conveniently situated in the center of the Arabian Peninsula on a large plateau that is home to 5.7 million people, and is the urban center of a region with a population of approximately 7.3 million.

  • Based at Thumamah Airfield (OETH) in scenic King Khaled National Park
  • Thumamah Airport has one of the longest runways in Saudi Arabia, measuring at about 4,000 meters long
  • Near Janadriya Equestrian Club and other parks
  • Allocated airspace for training

About Our Facility

SAFA was established in 2012 to fuel the growth of aviation in the Kingdom by providing a world-class center of excellence for pilot training with the goal of becoming the flight academy of choice in the Kingdom and in the Middle East. It is distinguishing itself as a leader in providing and developing professional pilots that will possess the skills, confidence, and discipline required to support one of the fastest growing regions in the world.

The academy is located in the King Khaled National Park and boasts a purpose built campus which lies on approximately 50,000 square meters, and is situated on a 4,000 meter long runway which once served as the late King Khaled’s winter palace.

SAFA utilizes a hybrid mix of advanced training aircraft and flight simulation training devices that provide the most cost effective, high quality training available today. Additionally, SAFA is a licensed provider of the APS on-airplane upset prevention and recovery training program, which is the only civilian UPRT program available in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.


All of the upset training courses teach every participant to recover from a wide diversity of in-flight upsets or flight envelope excursions. Most importantly, APS training programs are focused on promoting recognition and avoidance through in-flight training integrated with a thorough theoretical understanding of the aerodynamics involved with each potential flight condition. To accomplish this, pilots are immersed into the world of unusual attitude and uncommon flight envelope conditions, while instilling participants with effective recognition, avoidance, and recovery capabilities.


The entire team at SAFA is devoted to making your flight training session an exciting, memorable highlight. From the moment you make your first contact with APS to the actual flight and beyond, you’ll be in the hands of professionals. Each instructor pilot’s professional flight experience spans a highly specialized spectrum of aviation that uniquely qualifies them as the ideal training providers. All have extensive experience in general aviation, aerobatic maneuvering, military instruction, technologically advanced aircraft, and commercial and/or transport category flight operations.

We look forward to flying with you!

  • Advanced UPRT Instructor
David ‘DRad’ Radford
David ‘DRad’ Radford
Advanced Instructor Pilot
  • 3-time Master CFI
  • Check Airman
  • Advanced UPRT Instructor
Clarke ‘Otter’ McNeace
Clarke ‘Otter’ McNeace
VP Flight Ops & Standards

Aircraft & Simulators

The following training platforms are available at SAFA:

Extra 330LX Aerobatic-capable Aircraft

The Extra 330LX, boasting jet-like performance, has no prohibited maneuvers and a max gross climb rate in excess of 3200 fpm, making it one the safest aerobatic-airplanes in existence.


Saudi Aviation Flight Academy/Aviation Sciences Company Limited
King Khaled National Park, Thumamah Airfield, Riyadh
P.O. Box 305695, Riyadh 11361
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Phone: 1-480-279-1881 (USA)

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