KARACHI: Aviation experts say that the need for a regular dialogue with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has increased because the needs of the industry are changing rapidly at both the national and the international level.
The experts had gathered here at a seminar on ‘Challenges for general aviation in Pakistan’, during which they discussed cooperative efforts for introducing professionalism and best practices in general aviation.
Air Academy Pakistan Chief Executive Dr Wali Mughni said that dialogue between aviators and the regulator would improve best practices in the industry.
“One of the major challenges for the aviation industry in Pakistan is that the country has fallen short in producing enough aviation managers, unlike the scores of pilots, engineers and technicians it produces. There is a serious dearth of good managers in the industry because of this,” he said.
Aviation instructors present in the seminar also highlighted the need for a change in curriculum, which they said would help produce better graduates.
Some of the participants commented that the CAA is short-staffed in various departments, especially in airworthiness; however, CAA officials present at the seminar held different view.
“There are various examples in general aviation and the regulatory body in United States where one or two employees have been known to run a whole department,” a CAA officer replied to the point raised. “It is not the shortage of staff that matters; what matters is whether the staff employed sis efficient or not.”
CAA officials also complained that the general aviation industry does not really take interest in the regular meetings conducted by the regulator to keep contact with the industry. A CAA official went a step further in his presentation, and said all complainants can direct their queries to an email address he promptly provided.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 29th, 2013.
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