On 7 December 2022, IDT held a one-day workshop for the airlines of Indonesia, an event which was organised by the Directorate General for Civil Aviation (DGCA) of the Government of Indonesia.
The workshop exposed the operators of the island nation to the concept of UPRT, while the national UPRT regulations are being finalised. IDT-SCS has been contracted by the DGCA to develop these regulations and associated guidance materials, and to help the DGCA to educate the aviation community of Indonesia.
To put it into context, Indonesia is a nation of 17,000 islands. It takes 5 hours to fly from East to West. Aviation is crucial to the nation both domestically and internationally. There are 67 airlines operating in Indonesia, many of which operate internationally. All of these participated in the event.
During the past years, Indonesia has had its share of aviation incidents, including the AirAsia QZ8501 accident of 2014, LionAir JT610 Boeing 737 MAX accident of 2018 and, most recently, the Sriwijaya Air SJ182accident of 2021. All of these have been categorised as Loss-of-Control events.
With its vast experience in Upset Prevention and Recovery Training, IDT has been engaged by both Sriwijaya Air and Garuda Indonesia for the delivery of UPRT. This work involves the training of Subject Matter Experts through a train-the-trainer program, as well as all academics for the airline pilots. These programs are also supported by IDT partner Starr Consulting Services.
It was critical for the airlines to commence UPRT, a safety-centric initiative, and to not delay due to a current absence of regulations. The DGCA therefore encouraged the airlines to start the initial portion of their UPRT, focusing on basic concepts critical to understanding aerodynamics and manual flying. IDT was selected by several operators due to its track record in this specific area.
During the workshop, IDT-SCS emphasised the importance of comprehensively teaching the pilot on these basics in a step-by-step manner.
The workshop was supported by the DGCA, KNKT as well as the Netherlands Embassy in Jakarta. Each these, as well as some of the airlines, delivered presentations underlining the importance of comprehensive training for pilots.
IDT- will continue to support the airlines of Indonesia, as well as the DGCA, KNKT and other agencies in embedding effective UPRT throughout their operations.