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A PIA Airbus airplane flying from Lahore to Karachi has crashed with 95 passengers onboard

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my friend flies for Airblue and he doesn't have ATPL, he only has CPL, he is FO and only needs to get ATPL if he wants to become Captain once he has done required amount of hours on one particular aircraft
In GCC that wouldn't be possible.
 

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PIA to challenge EU ban in coming week
Pakistani diplomats engaged in efforts for reversal of decision

July 04, 2020

Pakistani diplomats are engaged in efforts for the reversal of the decision.


LAHORE: The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), along with the country’s diplomats abroad, will file an appeal in the coming week against the six-month ban on national carrier from operating in Europe.

The airline has also sought the assistance of European and UK parliamentarians of Pakistani origin in resolving the matter as the ban is costing it a loss of billions of rupees.

The European Union Air Safety Agency has suspended PIA’s authorisation to operate in EU member states in the wake of the grounding of 262 Pakistani pilots whose licences were termed “dubious” by Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan.

The EU aviation safety watchdog said it was concerned about the validity of the Pakistani pilot licences following the minister’s statement.
Following the EASA’s move, the UK Civil Aviation Authority also withdrew PIA’s permit to operate from three of its airports -- Birmingham, London Heathrow and Manchester.

The PIA was operating 23 flights to UK every week – nine to London, 10 to Manchester and four to Birmingham.

The national carrier’s destinations in Europe included Paris, Milan, Barcelona, Oslo and Copenhagen.

The airline will incur a loss of Rs33 billion because of the ban. It is already facing loss of Rs12 billion because it will not be operating Hajj flights this year. The suspension of flights for Umrah passengers has also affected its revenue.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi recently spoke with European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell seeking the reversal of the ban.

He assured the EU official that steps being taken by the government were aimed at ensuring the highest level of flight safety in PIA operations. He added that the national carrier remained committed to maintaining the highest standards and quality in its air operations. The minister stressed the need for the EASA to review its decision.

After the aviation minister’s statement, the UAE is also seeking to verify the credentials of the Pakistani pilots and engineers employed in its airlines.
UAE General Civil Aviation Authority Director General Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi requested the verification of the credentials of Pakistani pilots, aircraft maintenance engineers, and flight operations officers working in the Middle Eastern country in a June 29 letter to Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority Director General Hassan Nasir Jamy.

"We would like to request your good offices to verify the licensing credentials of the attached list of pilots who are currently holding UAE's pilots licences based on licences and qualifications issued by the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority," the letter read.

The Pakistan Airlines Pilots Association (PALPA), the union for PIA's pilots, has alleged that the announcement of the "dubious" licence holders was a planned government move against the pilots to cut their headcount.

"The malicious efforts of some at the helm of affairs with a mindset to cut the pilots down to size have resulted in PIA being reduced to an airline on paper," the union said.

The PALPA rejected the government's list of pilots with licences deemed dubious, and pointed out that it was full of discrepancies, demanding a judicial investigation.

The 262 pilots – 109 commercial and 153 airline transport pilots – were grounded on June 26, pending conclusion of inquiries against them. They included 141 from PIA, nine from Air Blue, 10 from Serene Airline, and 17 from Shaheen Airlines, which has closed down.

After the aviation minister’s revelation, international airlines have also initiated investigations against Pakistani employees.

The civil aviation authorities of Vietnam and Malaysia have grounded all Pakistani pilots working for local airlines.

Qatar Airways and Oman Air have also compiled lists of Pakistani pilots, engineers and ground-handling staff.
 

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PIA Air Hostess Benish Sadiq Misbehaved with Lady Doctor For Taking Her Samples
A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) air hostess has been served a notice to explain her position about her alleged misbehaviour with an on-duty doctor at Bacha Khan International Airport (BKIA), Peshawar

Benish Sadiq misbehaved with lady doctor Shehnaz when the latter asked the former for samples for a test upon her arrival at the airport from Abu Dhabi on-board the national flag carrier’s PK-9218 flight.

The issued notice by Bashirud Din Behroze, Base Incharge Flight Services Backa Khan International Airport stated that the air hostess misbehaved with the on-duty doctor, Dr Shehnaz when the

flight PK-9218 arrived.


He asked the flight attendant of the PIA to explain her take about the incident within the span of 24 hours of the reception of the notice.

“Yet another serious complaint has been received from in charge Airport Health Establishment, BKIA, vide A.H.D/2019-2020/340 regarding your misbehaviour with an on duty Doctor (Dr Shehnaz) upon arrival of flight PK-9218 on 05-07-202 AUH-PEW,” read the notice served on the air hostess by Bashirud Din Behroze, Base Incharge Flight Services Bacha Khan International Airport.

He requested the PIA flight attendant to elucidate her stance in regards to the incident inside 24 hours of the receipt of this discover.

 

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CAA says all its pilot licences are ‘genuine’
Blames mainstream and social media for ‘misconstruing’ issue of dubious credentials

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None of the pilot licences are fake, rather the matter has been misconstrued and incorrectly highlighted in the media/social media, CAA said. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

None of the pilot licences are fake, rather the matter has been misconstrued and incorrectly highlighted in the media/social media, CAA said. PHOTO: AFP/FILE
ISLAMABAD: The Civil Aviation Authority on Wednesday informed its Omani counterpart that all commercial pilot licences (CPL) and airline transport pilot licences (ATPL) it had issued were “genuine” and the matter of dubious credentials had been “incorrectly highlighted” by mainstream and social media.

The regulatory body also said it had verified and cleared the licences of 96 pilots of the 104 names it had received from various foreign counterparts and international airlines.

The CAA was asked to verify their credentials in in the wake of the government’s revelation last month that nearly a third of the country’s pilots had suspicious licences.

“All CPL/ATPL pilot licences issued by the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) are genuine and validly issued,” read a letter written by CAA Director General Hassan Nasir Jamy to Oman's Public Authority for Civil Aviation Air Traffic Control Services Director Mubarak Saleh al-Gheilani.

"None of the pilot licences are fake, rather the matter has been misconstrued and incorrectly highlighted in the media/social media,” Jamy added.

He further wrote that the CAA had already verified and cleared 96 Pakistani pilots of the 104 names it had received from various civil aviation authorities and foreign airlines including the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority, Vietnam Airlines, Bahrain Air, Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia, Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department and Turkish Airlines.

Jamy informed the Omani official that all licences issued to pilots by the CAA were certified and genuine.

“Some international airlines had sought the verification of 104 Pakistani pilots, of whom eight are yet to be cleared.”

The CAA DG said some discrepancies had arisen during the computerised examination of the licensing process in the forensic scrutiny, leading the authority to ground the suspected pilots and take them off from flying duties.

“The 'suspect' pilots have been asked to defend their licences in accordance with the Pakistan Civil Aviation Rules, 1994,” he added.

"All this was done keeping in view the highest concerns about air safety all over the world, and also to ensure that questions raised in respect of an identified class of pilots does not prejudice hundreds of Pakistani pilots flying aircraft most professionally and safely within and outside Pakistan.”

A day earlier, the CAA had announced that it had cleared the licences of 21 Pakistanis flying for different foreign airlines. The 21 pilots included 18 working with Oman’s SalamAir and three with Hong Kong Airlines.

The civil aviation authorities of Oman and Hong Kong had requested the CAA to verify the credentials of the Pakistani pilots working with these airlines.

The regulatory body had also verified the licences of 48 of the 54 Pakistani pilots working in the UAE.

UAE General Civil Aviation Authority Director General Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi had requested the verification of the credentials of Pakistani pilots, aircraft maintenance engineers, and flight operations officers working in the Middle Eastern country in a June 29 letter to Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority Director General Hassan Nasir Jamy.

According to the Aviation Division, it has cleared licences of 95% Pakistani pilots working with different airlines in seven countries.

The regulatory body and national carrier are continuing to repair the damage to their credibility inflicted by Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan’s last month last month that about 262 Pakistani pilots had suspicious credentials.

According to sources, the aviation regulator of Oman had warned that the PIA could be barred from using its airspace if the Pakistani authorities failed to satisfy it about its measures to ensure the safety of flights in the wake of the suspicious licences controversy.

The aviation authorities of Malaysia and Vietnam have already grounded holders of Pakistani pilot licences working in local airlines.
Ethiopian Airlines has also sought an explanation from Pakistan.

The European Union Air Safety Agency (EASA) has suspended PIA’s authorisation to operate in EU member states for six months expressing concerns over the minister’s statement.

Following the EASA’s move, the UK Civil Aviation Authority said it was withdrawing PIA’s permit to operate from three of its airports. “PIA flights from Birmingham, London Heathrow and Manchester airports are suspended with immediate effect,” a spokesperson for the authority told Reuters. The three were major flying destinations for the airline.

Later, the United States also imposed a ban on flights of the national flag carrier for six months citing dubious licences.

The PIA was operating 23 flights to UK every week – nine to London, 10 to Manchester and four to Birmingham.

The national carrier’s destinations in Europe included Paris, Milan, Barcelona, Oslo and Copenhagen.

The airline will incur a loss of Rs33 billion because of the ban. It is already facing loss of Rs12 billion because it will not be operating Hajj flights this year. The suspension of flights for Umrah passengers has also affected its revenue.
 

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PIA flight makes emergency landing at Karachi airport
Published: 11:08 PM, 17 Jul, 2020

A flight of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) going from Lahore to Abu Dhabi had to make an emergency landing at the Karachi Airport due to a technical fault.

According to sources in the PIA, the Lahore-Abdu Dhabi flight PK-9217 continued to make rounds in the air for 30 minutes after taking off. The pilot of the flight contacted the air control tower in Karachi after the warning alarm in the plane rang up and he was allowed to land at the Karachi Airport. Finally, the plane landed safely at 11pm on Friday, the sources said.


Update: PK-9217 an A320 just landed at AUH from KHI, +/-10mins ago.
 

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Wow, when it rains, it pours.

I just hope a new PIA, one more worthy to be called a national carrier, rises from the ashes.
 

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PIA should request instructors from Middle east. Maybe they can teach them what Pakistani taught them decades ago. How the mighty have fallen. This should be a lesson to everyone in pakistan. This is the affects of your votes, it's not merely a plate of biryani. It's a slow poison
 

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As verification of suspected licences of pilots continues, the Aviation Division suspended 15 more pilots on Friday, raising the number of suspended pilots to 93.

The 15 are among the 262 pilots possessing suspicious licences. The licences of 28 others have already been cancelled.

The spokesman for the Aviation Division, Senior Joint Secretary Abdul Sattar Khokhar said a total of 262 pilots were identified as possessing suspicious licences by the Board of Inquiry and grounded immediately after identification on the instructions of the government.

He said the federal cabinet had approved cancellation of the licences of 28 pilots, out of these 262 pilots.

 

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Pakistan validates licenses of 166 pilots working in foreign countries
July 16, 2020

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan on Thursday validated licenses of 166 pilots working in foreign countries amid a scandal involving “dubious” flying certificates, which caused a global alert.

Pakistan’s civil aviation ministry grounded 262 pilots for “dubious” qualifications last month, prompted by a preliminary report into an airliner crash in Karachi in May that found the pilots had failed to follow standard procedures and disregarded alarms.

That crash killed 97 passengers and crew.

The ministry had said earlier that Pakistan has a total of 860 pilots, 107 of whom work for foreign airlines, but updated on Thursday in a statement that it had received requests from 10 countries for validation of 176 pilots.

It said 166 of them have been validated by Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) as “genuine and certified” and the remaining 10 will have their process completed by next week.

The 10 countries where these pilots are employed included United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Malaysia, Vietnam, Bahrain, Ethiopia, Hong Kong, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait, the ministry said. It said the validation had been conveyed to the respective countries.

Out of the 262 grounded pilots, the statement said, the licenses for 28 pilots have been cancelled, and a process of verification for another 76 was underway.

The scandal has prompted the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to suspended two Pakistani airlines’ authorisation to fly to the bloc for six months over safety failure.

Britain and the United States have also revoked landing rights for Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), and various global safety boards have downgraded the national carrier’s rating over aviation safety risks.

Several countries have grounded the Pakistani pilots, seeking the validation from Pakistan.
Pakistan Airlines Pilots Association (PALPA) has said there are discrepancies in the government-prepared list of pilots with licences deemed dubious.

Writing by Asif Shahzad; Editing by Toby Chopra
 

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Shouldve done that before telling the world they had fake licenses. Somethings should be done in secret to protect the nations reputation
 

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Shouldve done that before telling the world they had fake licenses. Somethings should be done in secret to protect the nations reputation
No repercussions for the idiot minister. :mad:
 

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No repercussions for the idiot minister. :mad:
Pakistan is plagued by politics rivalism, such that the rivals consume the integrity and image of Pakistan for their selfish purposes.
 

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