- Pakistani Pilots will go through the process of United Kingdom’s aviation authority for licensing exams - Pilots will have to pay exam fee in pounds, policy initiated

By: Humzah Rehman
In a bid to address the concerns of the global aviation industry on the issue of alleged fake licenses of Pakistani pilots, Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) decided to outsource the process of holding licensing exams to the United Kingdom’s aviation authority.

An agreement has been reached between the civil aviation authorities in Pakistan and United Kingdom for three years after the cabinet approved a framework agreement between the two entities.
The British aviation authority will conduct exams in particular licenses of private pilot license (PPL), Flight Operations Officer (FOO), and commercial pilot license (CPL).

The pilots will have to pay the exam fee in pounds, as per the agreement. The fee for appearing in exams for the first year is set at 90 pounds per paper while 95 pounds per paper will be charged for the second year.
it is pertinent to mention here that, ‘The International Civil Aviation Organization had barred the CAA from conducting pilot license exams after the controversial statement of Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan over fake licenses of pilots, following the PIA aircraft crash in Karachi in 2020. Sarwar had announced in the NA that of the 860 pilots working in Pakistan, 262, over 30%, had fake flying licenses. He later backtracked and used a slightly different terminology of “licenses obtained through dubious means.”
This year in February, During the interrogation of the Federal Investigation Authority several senior Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) officials have admitted to taking money from Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) as frontmen. According to the FIA, the probe has revealed that the pilots had paid Rs0.5 million per paper to get someone else to attempt their exams for them.