SC Upholds Firing of 28 Philippine Airlines Pilots, Spared 1


Twenty eight (28) Philippine Airline (PAL) pilots dismissed. One woman pilot was spared from dismissal. The Supreme Court, in a 36-page ruling, declared that she was unjustly fired since she could not have participated in the picket on account of her pregnancy.

These pilots were fired after defying a return-to-work order issued by the Department of Labor and Employment on June 7, 1998.

PAL fired 600 pilots, all members of the Airline Pilots Association of the Philippines (ALPAP), after they staged a strike in June 1998 in protest of a new airline policy to retire pilots who have reached 20 years in service or have completed 20,000 flying hours.

But the high court said Jadie was not at fault, as her condition could not have allowed her to take part in the strike.

“Jadie was already on maternity leave. Jadie did not join the strike and could not be reasonably expected to report back for work in compliance with the return-to-work order.  Indeed, Jadie gave birth on June 24, 1998,” read the ruling.

The court granted Jadie separation pay, but said she could no longer be reinstated for the following reasons:

1. Jadie’s former position as Captain of the Fokker 50 aircraft no longer existed as the aircraft was already returned to its lessors in accordance with the Amended and Restated Rehabilitation Plan of PAL;

2. Per Air Transportation Office certification, her license expired in 1998;

3. The animosity between the parties as engendered by the protracted and heated litigation;

4. The possibility that she had already secured equivalent or other employment after the significant lapse of time since the institution of the illegal dismissal case; and

5. The nature of the business of PAL which requires the continuous operations of its planes and, thus, the hiring of new pilots.

The high court said Jadie may be able to secure her separation pay upon finality of the ruling, which could still be appealed through a motion for reconsideration.

Part of her separation package, according to the court, are a separation pay equivalent to one-month salary for every year of service, backwages from June 9, 1998, longevity pay of P500 per month for every year of service, Christmas bonuses, Jadie’s “proportionate share” in PAL’s P5-million contribution to the retirement fund, and cash conversion of her unused vacation leaves and sick leaves after June 9, 1998.

The court said she would also be entitled to benefits prior to her illegal dismissal, including her unpaid salary in June 1998, productivity allowance, transportation allowance and rice subsidy from May to June 8, 1998.

“All monetary awards due Jadie shall earn interest of 6 percent per annum from date of finality of this decision until fully paid,” the court said.

Source: Tarra Quismundo, http://globalnation.inquirer.net

AirAsia, CAE Invest In Philippine Aviation Academy


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MANILA, Philippines – An aviation training center owned by Canada’s CAE Inc. and Malaysia’s AirAsia has invested in the Philippine Academy for Aviation Training (PAAT).

PAAT said the Asian Aviation Center for Excellence (AACE) recently made an investment in the training center, located in Clark, Pampanga.

The Kuala Lumpur-based AACE provides training for pilots, cabin crew, maintenance engineers, technicians, grounds service personnel as well as leadership and management training development for airlines throughout ASEAN.

“With this new partnership in the Philippines, AACE has come closer to our vision of expanding operations in the region to make AACE a truly ASEAN training hub offering a complete training system and state of the art facilities for the aviation industry,” Dato’ Fareh Mazputra, CEO of AACE, said in a statement.

Opening in Clark in December 2012, PAAT is an Aviation Training Organization approved by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines to train pilots in Airbus A319/320/321 series.

“With the new investment and by working hand in hand with AACE, we are setting the stage for the Philippines to become an important destination for pilots, cabin crew and airline workers to gain additional experience, skills and world-class training opportunities,” PAAT general manager Raoul S. Pérez said.

AirAsia Philippines and AirAsia Zest have also signed a training services agreement with PAAT and have been using its facilities for the recurrent training of its pilots since April 2015.

Source: ABS-CBNnews.com

Two People In Cockpit At All Times – CAAP


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Aircraft flying in the country must have two people in the cockpit at all times, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines announced Sunday.
Under an amendment to Philippine Civil Aviation Regulations, aircraft certified for two pilots must have a member of the flight crew, “preferably male”, in the cockpit whenever one of the pilots has to leave the flight deck.
The new regulation is meant to ensure that a pilot will not be locked out of the cockpit by the other.
This comes in the wake of a Germanwings crash last month that killed 150 people. Investigators say co-pilot Andreas Lubitz locked the pilot out of the cockpit and deliberately crashed the plane into the French Alps.
The amendments to Philippine aviation regulations were approved on Apr. 1 and will take effect within 15 days of publication.
Under current air regulations, cockpit doors must be locked once all of the airplane’s external doors are closed and can only be opened inflight by authorized persons.

Pilots should also be provided a means to monitor the area outside the flight crew compartment “to identify persons requesting entry and to detect suspicious behavior or potential [threats].”

Source: JDS, GMA News

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Hike In Pilots’ Retirement Age Eyed


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There is good news for airline pilots still unsure of how to spend those retirement years as the country’s air safety regulator is set to grant them a little more time.

The reason for the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines to potentially increase the mandated retirement age for domestic commercial pilots to 67 years old from 65 years, however, was rooted on a more serious matter given the looming shortage of experienced pilots amid rapid expansion by carriers.

The shortage was a global phenomenon, CAAP deputy director John Andrews noted, but he said the Philippines was willing to take those early steps to further reform this aspect of the aviation business.

“We are concerned now with pilots’ retirement,” Andrews said in an interview. “The commercial carrier’s age limit is 65 and we don’t have enough qualified pilots to replace them.”

“I am doing a study now, hopefully out very soon, where we will increase the retirement age to 67,” he said while adding that this also involved determining the mental and physical fitness of pilots for an additional two years. The new regulation would cover pilots of domestic flights only.

CAAP’s plan was to buy a little more time and allow domestic carriers to train pilots holding so-called multi-crew pilot licenses and give them the necessary “command” experience that more senior pilots have.

Andrews noted that this would help provide them with the necessary skills to replace retiring pilots, who typically account for 5 to 10 percent of the workforce of a large legacy carrier. The global aviation sector has expanded rapidly, partly driven by the spread of the no-frills budget travel model, opening up the skies to a broader market.

Indeed, plane maker Boeing’s current market outlook from 2013 to 2032 showed that demand growth would require 498,000 new commercial pilots to fly 35,280 new airplanes over the next 20 years. It said the lion’s share of pilots, or 38 percent, was needed for Asia-Pacific alone.

Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific, the country’s two largest competitors, have also announced aggressive fleet expansion plans, especially with new flights to the United States and Europe, and Andrews noted that supply would not be able to keep pace with production unless changes are made today.

A pilot shortage was unimaginable earlier in the previous century as World War II ended and many war-era pilots found ready job opportunities with the initial boom of commercial aviation. The career today remains attractive, because of the promise of high pay, estimated by reports at about $8,000 (P300,000) per month, but costs can be restrictive.

Andrews noted that basic training typically costs about P2 million to P3 million but then additional courses are required before pilots can be hired by commercial airlines. He said long-term reforms are also needed and CAAP was engaging flying schools to give more flexible tuition payment structures to address the long-term pilot supply.

“We are talking to flying schools, where you can have programs like fly now, pay later,” Andrews said. “There are already initial talks with the big banks for this.”

 

Source: http://business.inquirer.net, Miguel R. Camus