Carbary, however, stops short of saying that Boeing will be willing to be a shareholder in Indonesian flying schools. “We don’t know yet,” she says.
Boeing owns and manages flight simulator centers around the globe. In Asia-Pacific, it has simulator centers in China, South Korea, Japan, Singapore and Australia. “I wouldn’t say we will not establish a simulator centre in Indonesia. If customers want it, we will look at it,” notes Carbary. But she adds that the three biggest Boeing operators—Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air and Sriwijaya Air—all have their own flight simulator centers.
Instead of Boeing establishing its own stand-alone simulator centre in Indonesia, more simulators could be installed in existing centers in Indonesia and Boeing Flight Services could help manage some of these simulators, she adds.
Boeing also plans to assist maintenance training organizations. “Everyone talks about pilots, but maintenance personnel are just as important. It takes four to five years to create a quality certified mechanic,” says Carbary, adding that Boeing will be helping with course materials and establishing standards and processes.
The U.S. company, however, will not invest capital in maintenance, repair and overhaul firms in Indonesia—as it has done in China and India—with Carbary noting that “it is likely we will provide guidance, support and training.”
Indonesia also is looking to Boeing to assist with the introduction of required navigation performance (RNP) procedures. Boeing Flight Services and Lion Air have completed RNP trials at Ambon and Manado airports and are now waiting for the DGCA to implement these procedures at the two airports, says Carbary. Boeing Flight Services also has embarked on RNP trials with Garuda Indonesia, and is offering to train air traffic controllers.
Air traffic control has come under increased scrutiny since the May crash of a Sukhoi SuperJet into a mountain outside Jakarta. A transcript from the cockpit voice recorder that was leaked to the local media and later verified by Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee clearly shows that the air traffic controller granted the SuperJet pilot approval to descend to 6,000 ft. moments before the aircraft crashed into a 7,000 ft. mountain. The NTSC is the independent Indonesian organization tasked with investigating the accident.