Friday, April 19, 2024

The CAA will contract a British firm to conduct the pilot licence exam

The Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority has finished its study in order to award a contract to a British firm to perform pilot licence tests.

According to Civil Aviation Authority sources, the planned arrangement calls for the British business UKCI to conduct licence tests for Pakistani pilots in exchange for six million pounds sterling. The exam price will be paid in British pounds by the pilots. A local flying school, on the other hand, has spoken out against the decision to award the contract to the British firm.

“The course is already highly expensive, and the examination fee would grow manifolds after granting the contract to a British company,” the flying school administrator warned. The school has requested that the ruling be reconsidered.

When asked for more information about the planned deal, a CAA spokeswoman declined. Following Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan’s inflammatory statement about bogus pilot licences following the PIA plane tragedy in Karachi in 2020, the International Civil Aviation Organization has stopped the CAA from performing pilot licence examinations. The phoney licences are also being investigated by the Federal Investigation Agency.

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