Boeing to help Indonesia address safety issues

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Published: July 6, 2012

Boeing has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Indonesian’s Ministry of Transportation to help establish advanced aviation training programs and practices that meet globally recognized standards. These will be used for training the country’s pilots, maintenance technicians, dispatchers and air traffic controllers (ATCOs).

The MOU focuses on the development of an aviation training center and infrastructure, including the establishment of ab initio through to commercial jet pilot training programs in accordance with FAA and European Aviation Safety Agency regulations.

It will also help align ATCO training programs to standards and equipment deployed throughout Indonesia, and to align airline maintenance training programs with global standards of courseware, curriculum and the education and training of instructors, management and staff.

The Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook projects that Southeast Asia, including Indonesia, will require more than 47,000 new commercial airline pilots and more than 60,000 new maintenance technicians over the next 20 years to support economic and air travel growth and new aircraft deliveries.

Indonesia is working hard to address a poor track record in commercial aviation safety, and in April this year, the European Commission said it “recognizes the efforts of [its] safety oversight authorities to reform the civil aviation system and notably to improve safety to guarantee that international safety standards are effectively and consistently applied.” 

All Indonesian carriers were added to the European Union’s blacklist of unsafe airlines in 2007 and most remain on the list. However, national carrier Garuda Airways was removed from the list in 2009 ( ATW Daily News, July 27, 2009 ) and a handful of other airlines—including Airfast Indonesia, Mandala Airlines, Ekspres Transportasi Antarbenua, Indonesia Air Asia and Metro Batavia—have now been given the all-clear.

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