NAC left with one pilot to fly four aircraft


16th Feb, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew


KATHMANDU, Feb 16: Nepal Airlines is facing a lack of pilots to command their four Harbin Y 12-e aircraft. The national flag carrier currently has only one pilot capable of flying the aircraft.

Captain Nripendra Bhattarai is the only pilot under NAC who can fly the Harbin Y 12-e. Additionally, four NAC co-pilots are able to work with the aircraft.

NAC had five captains to operate the aircraft until just a few months ago. In that time, instructor pilot Ang Nuri Sherpa has tendered registration resignation from his post, while senior pilot Sanjaya Bade Shrestha is on sick leave. Captain Uddhav Ghimire is not currently authorized to fly as his flying license has not been updated. Likewise, Captain Anishman Shakya, has also resigned.

Liberty Bhandari, Srijana Raut, Prachanda Khadka, Rakesh Kumar Kaphle, Bijaya Awale, Rabin KC and Mahesh Raj Pandey are the co-pilots who are able to fly the Harbin Y 12-e. However, Khadka and Pandey cannot fly the aircraft as the former has not passed the Pilot Proficiency Check, while the latter does not have adequate flying hours.

According to Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) rule, airline companies are required to have two captains and three co-pilots or three captains and two co-pilots per small aircraft.