The Jakarta Post
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi says the ministry has closed two aviation schools, citing the schools’ inability to produce competent and competitive pilots.
“We are set to close another one next month. We warned the schools about the closure a year ago,” Budi said on Wednesday as reported by Antara.
The minister said the ministry had also warned 18 pilot schools in Indonesia to meet curriculum standards. If the schools could not do so, some schools would be merged, he said.
“Schools must compete to become the best, rather than just to generate profits. If not, they should be merged to improve the quality of aviation education in the country,” Budi said.
The Transportation Ministry’s airplane quality control and operation director Muzaffar Ismail said the ministry had sent letters to eight poor-quality aviation schools.
“The results of our audit last year showed that there were eight schools that were not good enough. We will evaluate them in February,” he said.
Budi said that currently there were 600 AB initio pilots who were still unemployed because of fierce competition in the airline industry.
AB initio pilots are pilots who have finished their aviation schools but do not have flight experience outside their schools yet. (ami/ebf)