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Saudia 1970's onward

Old 4th May 2019, 00:20
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Saudia 1970's onward

Anyone around from those years?
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Old 10th May 2019, 16:02
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Anyone around from those years?
Our paths probably never crossed as my connection was (Special Flight) SFS Jeddah and on the helicopter side. I think during the early 70's I was the only Saudia helicopter pilot with Fred Wright (ex TWA) who was then the manager. They were good times albeit slightly primitive but good memories.
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Old 10th May 2019, 18:32
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I was there from 1976 on for 5 years and then came back with a private operator in 1998. Still know quite a few folks from SFS.

A TWA guy named Peterson was in charge of SFS when I was there.

I remember some helicopters down that way. I think their were colors were orange trimmed jet rangers?

I thing one of the helo guys had a great still :-)

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SFS Remembered

Yes we were all stuffed down at the end of the airport and away from everything. But that was the new hangar, prior to that we worked out of a refrigerated container. Peterson was there when I was and I seem to remember "Joe Peters" who was head of maintenance, both of them on the fix wing side, We were loosely associated with the DGRM ??? (Boyd Shaw?) which funded / contracted the helicopter side and we had a few fix wing support a/c. Your memory serves you correctly on the "brew making" not at all bad when cut and mixed with 7Up !!, A pleasant way to enjoy the end of the day when in the desert for 30 day stretches. The fix wing side has just got 2 G2's and they where serviced at Marshall's in Cambridge so that was always a way to get a few days back in the real world, I'm not sure if that side of Saudia still exists or whether it is now just a contracted operation. One of those "crossroads in life" that you look back on an wonder if ones decision making was slightly flawed!!
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I'm not sure if that side of Saudia still exists or whether it is now just a contracted operation
The Bell 206 is still around, or I should say "A" Bell 206 is still flying around. Special Flight Services evolved into two operations, the remaining 6 G4 and 2 Falcon 900 aircraft moved to the Royal Fleet and were later grounded in 2016. SFS Part 135 services were conducted by a new company called Saudia Private Aviation with 4x Falcon 7X and 6x Hawker 400XP aircraft, unfortunately the management focus moved to doing a VIP scheduled service with an A319 between Jeddah and Riyadh, this took a lot of the corporate customers until it went bankrupt and pretty much destroyed Saudia Private Aviation who at this stage have 5x Hawker 400's for sale and one sitting in Jeddah, they have a grand total of 4 pilots remaining.

The only corporate operations done now by Saudia are by the Royal Fleet with about 15 aircraft.

You definitely wouldn't recognise the place these days, lots of changes, mostly good for the country, not so good for the employees.
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Old 14th May 2019, 18:26
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Thanks for the update Mutt, I sometimes forget it has been 40+ years since I was there and then although primitive, everyone enjoyed life for the best part. We had 2 x B47 B1's and one very old 206A model with a C18 engine, its a wonder it ever got off the ground but it was a workhorse for a long time. Its good to know that their are still a few around from those days.
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Old 17th May 2019, 13:47
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Yes we were all stuffed down at the end of the airport and away from everything. But that was the new hangar, prior to that we worked out of a refrigerated container. Peterson was there when I was and I seem to remember "Joe Peters" who was head of maintenance, both of them on the fix wing side, We were loosely associated with the DGRM ??? (Boyd Shaw?) which funded / contracted the helicopter side and we had a few fix wing support a/c. Your memory serves you correctly on the "brew making" not at all bad when cut and mixed with 7Up !!, A pleasant way to enjoy the end of the day when in the desert for 30 day stretches. The fix wing side has just got 2 G2's and they where serviced at Marshall's in Cambridge so that was always a way to get a few days back in the real world, I'm not sure if that side of Saudia still exists or whether it is now just a contracted operation. One of those "crossroads in life" that you look back on an wonder if ones decision making was slightly flawed!!
There was a maintenance type named Otto Shonholzer (sp) there, also. There were 2 Piper Apache's and 2 Cessna 421's, as well as a Kingair 100. There were also 2 DC-3's. One finally was placed in a round-about on Prince Majid Road. The G-II's were the elite there. I was flying the 737 in those days, and they finally allowed some of the Gulfstream pilots to move to the line years later.
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Old 19th May 2019, 06:28
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Saudi is now issuing visitor visas for tourism, so you can always come back and take a look
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