Jet Aviation’s FBO in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has received a Part 151 certificate for ground handling from the kingdom’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) and expects similar certifications to follow for its FBOs in Riyadh, Yanbu, and Medina, the company announced on Tuesday. The certification comes after a document review and on-site audit of its Jeddah facility.
GACA mandated the ground-handling certification beginning in March 2016. “We have submitted applications to demonstrate compliance for all of our locations in Saudi Arabia and expect the audits of our facilities in Riyadh and Yanbu to take place this year, with Medina following in 2020,” said Jet Aviation Saudi Arabia general manager Khaled Al-Ghamdi.
In addition to the new certification, Jet Aviation Jeddah holds GACA-145 and U.S. FAA Part 145 repair station approvals for business aircraft line maintenance and AOG services.
In a related announcement, Jet Aviation is marking 40 years this year in Saudi Arabia, which came through the 1979 establishment of the Jeddah facility, a joint venture between Switzerland-based Jet Aviation and Saudi Arabian partners.