Monday, January 17, 2022

Pakistan Aviation Authority Expects to Resume Licensing in February

Following a scandal involving forged pilot licenses, Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) is hopeful that it will be able to resume certifying pilots in February following the release of an International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) audit, according to a PCAA official.

A plane carrying Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) crashed in May of that year, killing 97 people, prompting the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to propose that Pakistan take rapid corrective action and temporarily suspend the issuance of new pilot licenses. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) made this proposal (ICAO).

A nine-member International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) team conducted an audit in Pakistan for ten days, which finished on Friday.

In a press conference on Monday, Khaqan Murtaza, director-general of the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority, expressed optimism that licensing will restart following the release of the ICAO audit report, which is expected in February.

The pilot license controversy has tarnished Pakistan’s aviation industry and affected the country’s flag carrier, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), which has been restricted from flying to Europe and the United States as a result of the scandal.

Following a review of their qualifications, Pakistan suspended 262 airline pilots suspected of attempting to avoid their tests in June of the previous year.

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Following a preliminary investigation into an airplane disaster in the Pakistani city of Karachi last year, it was discovered that the pilots had failed to follow conventional protocols and had ignored alarms. This prompted the action.

“The current scenario is that we have been cleared, but a final report is still pending.” “The report is scheduled to be released sometime after the middle of February,” Murtaza stated.

There were six areas of investigation into which the audit was conducted: airworthiness, flying standards, personal licensing and examinations, air navigation services, aerodromes, and aircraft accidents.

The ICAO delegation paid a visit to the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, as well as the offices of the Pakistan International Carriers and other airlines.

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