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Airlines face challenges in search of pilots

  • Riza Roidila Mufti

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, March 28, 2019   /  09:56 pm
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Ready for take-off? A rookie pilot poses next to a Piper Warrior airplane during training at a flight school.(ANN/The Star/Nigel Tho)

Indonesia’s rapidly growing aviation industry is in need of ever more skillful and competent human resources, including qualified pilots. However, airlines face the same old problem of dealing with regard to the qualifications of rookie pilots from flight academies across the country. Despite the availability of many fresh flight academy graduates, airlines are having a hard time recruiting high-quality ones.  During a recent panel discussion at the Indonesia Aviation Training and Education Conference (IATEC) in Jakarta, Air Asia Indonesia operations director Wuri Septiawan, for example, shared the airline’s difficulty in recruiting high-quality ab initio pilots. Ab initio pilots are pilots who have finished their education at aviation academy but do not have flight experience outside their schools yet. To hire the best pilots, Wuri said, Air Asia Indonesia ...