Jun 132017
CAA labour union questions govt?s step of delegating powers to private firms

 Privatisation of three airports IHC told CAA employees were public servants and they could not be forced to serve a private consortium under laws; court adjourns hearing till June… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

Apr 142017

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmed Friday informed the Senate Friday that the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has planned to expand the passenger terminal building at the Allama lqbal International Airport, Lahore. During the question hour session, the minister said the estimated cost of the expansion project was Rs43.6 billion and PC-I had been approved by the CAA Board which was fully empowered to approve projects financed by CAA out of its own resources with involvement of foreign exchange component less than 25% of project cost. Aftab said the financing was being arranged by the CAA through internal and external sources. To a question, the minister said that only airport services were being considered for outsourcing whereas the Air Navigation Services would be provided by CAA. Surprise visit: Shehbaz reviews airport expansion When aircraft starts up and taxis out, it is under the provision of Air Navigation Services (ANS), whereas when it is parked it is under the provision of airport services, he added. The minister said on ground most services are under the domain of airport services whereas in air they are under the domain of ANS. Reserved activities comprising customs, immigration, security, health, meteorology, plant and animal quarantine, CNS/ATM services and other statutory or sovereign functions would not be outsourced. To another question, Aftab said that PIA has been converted into a public limited company as per PIAC Conversion Act 2016 after its promulgation on April 19, 2016.”Presently, PIA has 35 aircraft in its fleet and currently [Read More…]

Mar 212017
Life bans for China?s marathon cheatsLife bans for China?s marathon cheats­

SHANGHAI: China will ban marathon cheats for life to clamp down on scandals that have dogged the fast-growing sport, which saw nearly three million participants across the country last year. The Chinese Athletics Association (CAA) said in a statement late Monday that people who run under false names, or cheat in other ways such as replacing a runner with another person during the race or having more than one identifying PIN chip will be banned. First-time offenders will receive a lifetime ban from the race in which they cheated. A second offence will result in a bar for life from all Chinese marathons. The December death of a runner in a half-marathon in China’s southeastern city of Xiamen threw the spotlight on distance-race cheating in the world’s most populous nation. After the man called Wu had a heart attack and died 4.5 kilometres (3 miles) from the finish line, it was discovered he was running on someone else’s behalf. Organisers later disqualified 30 of the 18,000 who had entered the race. Wu’s family last month filed a 1.2 million yuan ($174,000) lawsuit against the person who enlisted him to run and race organisers because they had failed to notice Wu running with a different coloured female bib, reported the Beijing Youth Daily. An incentive to cheat, said the paper, was that high school students had been told they could earn credits towards university entrance examinations if they finished in the top 100 places in the race. Reasons to cheat in [Read More…]

Jan 282017
Plane crash

Hundreds of lives have been lost in aviation accidents in the country, but the CAA hasn’t learnt anything from those incidents. According to some news reports, one of the private airlines was operating a faulty plane on commercial flights. The news broke out when a picture showed that the plane’s engine was tied with the help of metallic wires and a chain. It is time the government, civil aviation authority and airline companies took serious safety measures to avoid any tragic incident in the future. No organisation should be allowed to compromise the safety of passengers. Mazhar Ali Charan Karachi Click for detailed story

Dec 132016

LAHORE: The rise in frequency of commercial aircraft, road and rail accidents with fatalities running into the thousands should have raised alarm bells. This status quo cannot proceed, where after every accident, stereotypical political statements are issued, promising to bring those responsible for any possible criminal negligence to justice. Although PIA is far better than other private airlines regulated by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), it has witnessed continuous decline, which needs to be checked. The primary responsibility of any regulator is to ensure that all airlines and charter companies meet standard minimum safety requirements and follow maintenance procedures. The crew that operates them should be professionally competent and medically and mentally fit, which can otherwise adversely impair their reflexes and handling of aircraft in abnormal and emergency situations. The partial ban imposed by the European Aviation Safety Agency in 2007 on PIA was subsequently withdrawn in November 2007. It was an indictment on the CAA because PIA, being the sole airline under its regulatory control, was operating into Europe. It was again blacklisted in November 2011 because it was rendered vulnerable for prioritised ramp inspection. All is not well with the working and regulatory control of Pakistan’s commercial aviation industry and this status quo should not be tolerated. It is pertinent to note that the United States Air Force is amongst the best, well-trained and technologically advanced, much like the Pakistan Air Force (PAF). There exists a separate safety board comprising of experts in military aviation to investigate all incidents [Read More…]

Feb 132016
CAA launched Mobile Application for Flight Inquiry

Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan has launched Android and iOS mobile applications for flight inquiry. This is a very useful service for passengers and their relatives too who are going to receive… For More Details, Please Visit: www.PakistanHotline.com Click for detailed story

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