Kuwait Airways (KAC) and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) are facing highly important professional reservations for months by pilots who are trainers, about the decision to merge the new G650 aircraft and the old G650. This is a dangerous act due to the lack of technical study approved by trainer pilots according to the international security and safety rules. The complaint signed by three trainer pilots about the merging dates back to March 28, 2017, and it is now one of the hot issues for the new KAC board and DGCA, from whom the technical details, as well as the truth and reasons behind the merging decision were kept away.
The merging decision was preceded by another violation that dates back to Dec 12, 2016, when a committee was formed to select new pilots, which is something that contradicts with the decision of sending more than 30 Kuwaiti pilots into retirement and led to the strike on Jan 19, 2017. The committee for pilots’ selection included experienced pilots, but the candidates came through an employment agency and not through direct advertisement inside and outside Kuwait, without knowing the administration and financial justification besides information published by Al-Rai on Aug 7, 2016, related to the “Asian Assistant CEO and his financial and administrative authority.”
The selection committee began its work according to a working mechanism to make sure applicants had suitable experience and do not have a history of violating the safety and security rules, but it seems that the plan clashed with an administrative decision by the operations executive official. The selection committee was surprised that the same official went to Turkey to interview and select other pilots without the knowledge of the committee or its opinion, and while the committee was still working, this led to the resignation of the committee on Feb 23, 2017, and it was re-formed behind the resignation of the first committee members.
Then non-Kuwaiti pilots were hired by a solo decision following the Turkey trip and without professional participation of the concerned committee. The strange thing is that the operations’ leader had previous violations, and yet he was sent for investigations and received an administrative punishment of deducting ‘a quarter of his salary’ for several months according to administrative decision number 1/2009. However, he later was promoted to an operations executive post.
As for the Kuwaiti pilots who were sent into retirement, despite the fact that KAC had spent so much money on them during training, they were not given an opportunity to rejoin KAC, because the company’s strategy focused on non-Kuwaiti pilots who benefited from the opportunity to work with KAC and left it after an extreme generosity, while the Kuwaiti pilots who were forced into retirement are forced to accept the bitter reality. We face corruption in all state facets, but is it realistic for matters to reach overlooking risks that threaten the safety of aviation as a whole? In case any supervisory authority wants to investigate the above mentioned information, I have all the documents, waiting for those who want to make sure about the violations.
Is it realistic for matters to reach overlooking risks that threaten the safety of aviation as a whole?