Malaysia temporarily suspends pilots holding Pakistani licences

As matter of dubious licenses escalates, Malaysia’s aviation regulator has temporarily suspended pilots holding Pakistani licences employed by domestic airlines. The Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia’s (CAAM) decision came after an evaluation of all foreign pilots in Malaysia. There are less than 20 Pakistani pilots in the country, employed with local operators, such as flying schools, flying clubs and training organisations.

CAAM said it is making efforts with its Pakistani counterpart to verify the authenticity of the licence holders. It sought full name of the pilot, passport number, Pakistani pilot licence number, CAAM validation number (if available) and Malaysia Licence conversion – PPL/CPL/ATPL Number.

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Etihad Airways decides to audit pilots with Pakistan-issued licences

Separately, Etihad Airways said it was working closely with the (UAE) General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) to verify the qualifications and licences of the Pakistani pilots employed by Etihad, a spokesperson told Reuters on Thursday. The GCAA said it was reviewing its records to ensure no “suspicious licences issued by the PCAA” had entered its system.

Meanwhile, a global airlines’ rating website — — has lowered the ranking of PIA to ‘one-star’ airline as the issue pilots’ ‘dubious licences’ continues to haunt the national flag carrier.

Source: Dawn