Training and route clearances

Initiation at Lahore Flying Club for aptitude assessment in selection process after replying to  pilot trainee advertisement in newspaper in Oct.1966. Aptitude Assessment at Lahore Flying Club 18/3/1967—16/4/1967 = 10.00 hours PIA Flying Training Academy flying started 13/2/1968 First Solo: 5/3/1968= 14.00 hours Total Time: 10+14 (academy hours)= 24.00 PPL #748 (3/8/1968) FRTO # 445 (3/8/1968) Dual Day: 35.05…

The Making of an Airline Captain

It is the summer of 1966 and I am in the first year of an undergraduate course in Forman Christian College, Lahore when the airline advertisement appears, “Want to be a Boeing Captain?” The airline is hiring pilot trainees and is opening a Flying Training Academy. I immediately apply and ask for a recommendation from…

Simulated Engine Failures

Encounters of engine failure in multi-engine airplanes in the airline (PIA) I flew for started with my training to become a captain on Fokker F-27, a twin engine turbo-prop. We did not have a simulator for this airplane at the time. On the take-off roll at V1 (decision speed, go/no go), engine power was taken…

A brush with death

RWP-PEW, 1420-1500, Pk 636; PEW-PEW, 1520-1620, Pk 635; PEW-LHE*, 2045-2245, Pk 635. Time is GMT. RWP = Rawalpindi; PEW = Peshawar; LHE = Lahore I started my airline flying career on Sept 15, 1969 as a First Officer on Fokker F-27 Friendship (AP-ALN), a 44-seater twin engine turbo-propeller at Rawalpindi*, the Northern Area Base of Pakistan International Airlines. The…