New Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Horizon International Flight Academy announced as Retired Brigardier Pilot Hareb Thani Al Dhaheri (press release). Previous head was
Interim General Manager Mansour Al Faheem. Before that, General Manager was
Mohammad Humaidan Al Zaabi.
13 August 2009
Horizon Flight Academy 13th group of Flight Instructors graduates.
Over 300 pilots and instructors have graduated since HIFA opened in 2003.
Horizon flight academy plans to become an aviation university by 2016 according to the Horizon General Manager, Mohammed Al Zaabi (The National 10 August 2009). Accreditation process not expected to start until after 2010.
12 June 2009
A new course, the Higher Diploma in Aviation Business Administration, offered from August 2009 to UAE residents who already hold a Commercial Pilot's Licence (CPL). Course is accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education (other HIFA course are not accredited by the MHESR as of June 2009), duration is 1 year for CPL holders (normally 2 years but they receive credit for flying hours).
Tedious flash introduction on website with no skip intro until finished. Another domain, www.horizonacademy.ae, for HIFA returns a "not found" error.
No fees found on HIFA main website. Contact HIFA directly for course and tuition costs.
10 June 2008
Horizon International Flight Academy received accreditation from the Commission of Academic Accreditation (CAA), part of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR), as reported by the Khaleej Times 09 June 2008.
17 September 2007
Full name of Horizon Flight Academy is "Horizon International Flight Academy" (HIFA).
HIFA offers aircraft pilot training courses to European Joint Aviation Authority (JAA)/ Joint Aviation Requirements (JAR) standards including (with course lengths):
Private Pilot License (PPL), 12 weeks
Commercial Pilot License (CPL), 47 weeks
Air Transport Pilot License (ATPL), 60 weeks
Certified Flight Instructor (CFI)
Instrument and Multi-Engine ratings for both helicopter & fixed-wing
Students are from GCC countries, staff are multinational (Australia, France, Jordan, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, UAE, United Kingdom). Training fleet includes simulators, Robinson R44 helicopters, Augusta Bell 206 Jet Ranger, and Cessna 172SP with Gamin 1000 Avionics.
Applicants should be at least a high school graduate and proficient in English (entry test is given), and medically fit to General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) standards.
Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi based airline) in April 2007 launched an 18 month UAE National Cadet Pilots Training program for 18-30 year old UAE Nationals (both males and females), in association with the Horizon International Flight Academy. Opportunities are available for a further 14 cadets to join the program every 3 months.
UAE pilot training flight schools and aviation industry colleges