Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has decided to outsource licensing exams of pilots to the United Kingdom’s Aviation Authority.
The development comes as CAA attempts to allay concerns of the global aviation industry on the issue of alleged fake licenses of Pakistani pilots.
During an online public meeting, DG CAA, Khaqan Murtaza, said that UK’s CAA will start holding the licensing exams of CAA either at the end of March or the start of April.
All CAA licensing exams, including commercial/airline transport pilot license (CPL/ATPL), are suspended since June last year after Aviation Minister, Ghulam Sarwar Khan, on the floor of the National Assembly, while presenting the preliminary findings of the PK-8303 crash, revealed that most PIA pilots possessed fake licenses.
After this startling revelation, European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), had suspended PIA’s authorization to operate in European Union member countries for six months.
Towards the end of December last year, EASA refused to allow PIA to resume its flight operations to and from European countries and extended the ban for another three months.