Avi­a­tion safety

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Khalid Al-Tar­rah

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?

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