The Viet Nam Civil Aviation Department has announced plans to set up a pilot training center using foreign experts to address the chronic shortage of Vietnamese pilots.
|A pilot training center will be built to address the chronic shortage of Vietnamese pilots.|
Lai Xuan Thanh, the department’s deputy chief, says the aviator school will use the existing facilities but employ foreign expertise to raise the standard of Vietnamese pilots to international level.
Of the 420 pilots who work for Vietnam Airlines, 119 are foreigners. With the smaller Pacific Airlines, the ratio is truly startling as only one of its 45 pilots is Vietnamese.
Mr. Thanh notes that more local airlines will be starting up later this year, and they too will be recruiting foreigners to fly their planes if Viet Nam cannot supply qualified pilots.
“In addition, the government has issued guidelines encouraging individuals to undertake aviator training here and abroad,” he adds.