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Jakarta Post

Govt tightens up employment of foreign pilots

  • Nurfika Osman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, January 22 2013   /  09:54 am

In a bid to improve aviation safety in the country, the Transportation Ministry has recently issued a new regulation requiring domestic carriers to only hire foreign pilots with a minimum 250 hours of flying time.

Should a local airline wish to hire a pilot to fly an Airbus plane, he or she must have 250 flight hours on that type of plane.

Bambang S. Ervan, the ministry spokesman, said the new regulation was aimed at preventing serious incidents involving foreign pilots.

“This is in anticipation of any aviation incident in the country, especially those involving foreign pilots. The regulation has been effective since Jan. 10,” Bambang said in Jakarta on Monday.

He said the new regulation was applicable to passenger airlines that bore Air Operator Certificates (AOC) 121 and 135 — scheduled and non-scheduled/chartered flights. “The regulation does not a...