(English) New provision for pilot on the card

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KATHMANDU, Nepal– The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), the lone aviation regulatory body in the country is all set to make mandatory of additional tests for the fresh graduated pilots who wish to join an airline company, thanks to the latest initiation that will help lessen air crash in the Nepali skies.

CAAN is now learnt to have preparing a guideline for the same. However, junior pilots will have to go abroad to take such tests as no flight simulation training centre is currently in operation in Nepal.

At present, freshly pilots merely have to undertake a health check-up after having written tests.

Earlier six months ago, the European Commission (EC) hinted that careless practice of issuing licenses to pilots was one of the main causes which was making Nepali skies more riskier.

A six-member EC team that visited Nepali in February had blamed Nepalese authorities and air carriers of not abiding by ICAO Annex 1 prerequisite. The EC indirectly indicated that Nepalese pilots ‘lacked necessary duties as par with ICAO standards.

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