Friday, May 24, 2013

Susi Air Opens Training Center in Pangandaran

A Susi Air aircraft at Mozes Kilangin airport, Timika, Papua.
 (JG Photo/Jurnasyanto Sukarno)

Pangandaran, West Java. Indonesian charter airline Susi Air on Friday inaugurated a training center in the West Java district of Pangandaran to improve the flight skills of its crew members.

Christian Von Strombeck, the director of operations at Susi Pudjiastuti Aviation, said the company spent Rp 60 billion ($6.1 million) to develop the center and buy a Canadian flight simulator.

“The simulator is priced at about Rp 35 billion. We’ve been using it over the past semester, and it has been used to train approximately 200 pilots,” Strombeck told Indonesian news portal on the sidelines of the inauguration ceremony in Pangandaran.

Susi Air employees 180 pilots, though only three of them are Indonesian nationals. Strombeck said the airline never used a simulator to train its pilots prior to the purchase.

Susi Air operates 47 planes and serves a total of 114 routes throughout Indonesia. Many of its flights go to remote regions that are not serviced by larger commercial airlines, and some are booked on a charter basis.


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