Pakistan to hire UK firm to take pilot licence exam

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Pakistan will be hiring a British company to conduct pilot licence exams, according to sources in the Civil Aviation Authority.

The Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority has com-pleted homework to award a British company the contract to conduct pilot licensing tests.

British company UKCI will conduct licence tests for Pakistani pilots against £6 million as per the pro-posed agreement, the sources added.

The pilots will have to pay exam fee in pounds. A local flying school is not pleased with this deci-sion to outsource pilot licence exams to a British company.

“The course is already very expensive and the ex-amination fee will multiply manifolds after award-ing the contract to a British company,” the flying school’s administration said, demanding a review of the decision.

The CAA spokesperson declined to comment when asked for details about the proposed contract.

The International Civil Aviation Organization had barred the CAA from conducting pilot licence ex-ams after the controversial statement of Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan over fake licences of pilots, following the PIA aircraft crash in Karachi in 2020.

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