MANILA, Philippines – An audit of the permits and licenses issued by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) is a welcome development, a consultant for Masters Flying School said on Thursday.
Capt. Agustin Jose told ANC’s “News Now” that they are open for an inspection, particularly on systems of training and documentation.
“It’s about time that the CAAP should take a closer look,” he said.
Jose said that although there are legitimate flying schools in Manila that “are at par with any foreign flying school,” some flying schools are questionable.
“There are some flying schools, we call them ‘fly by night’, everything is dubious. Some students when they come in, they look for cheaper flying school but it turns out after a while it closes down, there are so many irregularities. The best way is to go to CAAP and ask them which are legitimate or not,” said Jose.
The order for the audit on flight schools came after CAAP revealed the results of the investigation on the plane crash that killed Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo and two pilots last August.
The investigation showed that there is a possible collusion for the issuance of the airworthiness certificates without actual flight tests.
CAAP said it has to prevent collusion between regulators and operators to avoid accidents.
"If there is collusion between regulator and operator, these things are going to happen. We have already established the fact that we will not be regulated, in fact we do not accept any invitations from any airlines...for any affair,” CAAP deputy director Gen. John Andrews told ANC.