JAVED Khan Traeen painted in his letter a very gloomy picture about civil aviation standards in Pakistan (April 9).

It is true these standards leave much room for improvement, as is the case with almost every other sector in Pakistan. But the condition of the former is not so bad as to deserve this rap, tarnishing almost everything the regulatory body has done or stands for.

Both the crashes were due to pilot error which can happen in the best of circumstances. I do not speak for nor defend the Civil Aviation Authority, and it is true that our navigational and air traffic services do not come up to the high standards of those of Europe or the US yet , these are functioning well, or else the other Pakistani airline would have not maintained a flawless record of flight safety while operating in the so-called bad aviation envoirnment for the last 20 years.

If some foreign airlines have left Pakistan, it is not due to poor aviation standards. It is for economic reasons, coupled with the poor law and order situation.

Let us hope and pray that we improve on both these counts.

S.M.A.         Karachi

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farrukh
April 22, 2013 7:38 pm
i dont know much about civil aviation authority but am aware of P.I.A and its march towards doom,eventually,if things are not reversed.There is a very basic litmus test to ascertain the health of an airline by comparing the number of aircarft vs the number of employees.....the higher the number of employees,the more loss it will make.Right now P.I.A has 485 employees per aircraft,not counting the contract employees and has a debt of over 100 billion rupees and mounting.....compare the with Singapore Airlines......120 employees per aircraft .The only way PIA is ever going to make any profit,sell it to a foriegn buyer and do not interfare in hiring/firing excercise as PIA must become lean.....by firing atleast 50 to 60 % of its employees....or we will not have PIA in a couple of years.
Khalid
April 22, 2013 8:46 am
I would beg to disagree with the writer. Aviation standards start with who is running the show and what qualifies him to be in that position. I have never seen an advertisement from civil aviation to ensure the person for the job is selected. These are are secret affairs in Pakistan. Same is the case for hiring pilots and other staff. PIA should have been privatised years ago. It is full or people who are unfit for the job. Mind you, civil aviation is no different from any other government organisation. Full of "friends & relatives".
meekal a ahmed
April 22, 2013 5:49 am
A very mature and balanced comment. I would only add that "pilot error" does not occur in a vacum even if the buck always stops with the person in the left-hand-seat.
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