At the same time, Indonesian aviation is still suffering from the shortage of qualified specialists. European aviation authorities remain concerned with the Indonesian Directorate General of Civil Aviation's (DGCA) ability to ensure proper supervision of local airlines and their compliance with safety standards. This results in the fact that Lion Air along with several other Indonesian carriers is still being banned from the European airspace.
“Unfortunately, while the number of both orders and deliveries are rising, Indonesia is rapidly approaching the point at which it won’t have the capabilities required to maintain its enlarging fleet. On the one hand, there is an obvious issue of infrastructure underdevelopment which limits business development and the expansion of the private aviation sector. On the other hand, the ongoing shortage of qualified manpower means that under current circumstances even the best facilities could not be staffed properly. This concerns not only pilots, but technical personnel as well.
“In 2011 there were over 30 accidents. Same as in many other countries, a large number of those accidents were caused by a human factor. The only way to improve the situation is to provide additional training which would meet international standards. With regard to the MRO segment, it is being estimated that the current shortage of qualified personnel reaches approx. 1500-2000 specialists. These figures do not include the training which must be conducted for the existing generation of technical personnel who are currently working for MROs, airlines and aviation authorities,” says Kestutis Volungevicius.
The shortage of manpower affects local airlines in several ways. First of all, they are forced to send some of their fleet outside of the country thus increasing their operational costs and aircraft downtime. At the same time, the lack of qualified instructors and certified MRO specialists doesn’t allow local carriers to exit the EU’s ban list. Such limitations, along with the ICAO’s concerns about the local CAA, not only lower the competitiveness of the entire Indonesian aviation, but also affect the financing of new aircraft as finance institutions consider such factors to constitute additional risks which raise interest rates and lease payments.
“Over the past several years Indonesia made a considerable progress with regard to aviation safety. However, there is still more to be done in order for the industry to meet all of the international standards and principles. Indonesian aviation players should put additional effort into attracting EASA or FAA licensed personnel who would guide the industry and assist it in making final improvements towards meeting the relevant ICAO recommendations. And they should act fast. After the ASEAN open skies agreement will come into force in 2015, some Indonesian carriers might find it difficult to compete with other airlines from the region which have achieved lower operational costs and risks,” concluded the Head of FL Technics Training.
About FL Technics Training
FL Technics Training is a provider of technical training for the aviation industry. The company offers comprehensive training services including basic training and examination, aircraft type training and specialized training for aircraft maintenance technicians as well as administrative and management personnel. FL Technics Training is part of an integrated aircraft maintenance and repair organization (MRO) FL Technics.
Based in Vilnius, Lithuania, FL Technics Training is certified as a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Part-147 training organization providing courses for basic, aircraft type training and customized training programs designed according to individual client requirements. The company serves a wide range of customers from Europe and the CIS (Poland, Romania, Ukraine, Moldova, Russian Federation etc.), Asia-Pacific (including South Korea, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and etc.), Africa, Cuba and other regions.
The Boeing 737-400 was built in 1992 and would have exceeded the 10-year age limit the Government has talked about placing on jetliners operated by local carriers.