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Clearing the Air

Jakarta Globe Suggests Director General of Civil Aviation Given the Boot for Poor Managements and Verbal "Faux Pas."

(3/14/2009) A recent article in the Jakarta Globe suggests that the sudden replacement of Budi Muliawan Suyitno as Indonesia's Director General of Civil Aviation was done to appease visiting European Union safety auditors and help persuade the EU to lift its two-year blacklisting of European over-flights by Indonesian aircraft.

While the ministry of transportation is steadfast in insisting that Suyitno's replacement was part of a normal job rotation schedule, recent imprudent public pronouncements by Suyitno ([See: Unfortunate Coincidence for Indonesian Aviation] have served to reinforce the view that the regulation and management of the nation's air safety was beyond the ken of the man charged with keeping Indonesian aviation safe.

While praising Indonesian airlines for the many improvements in air safety made over the past two years, the EU aviation auditors have continued their blacklisting against all Indonesian flights, repeatedly stating their reservations regarding the ability of civil aviation officials to safely secure and professionally manage the nation's airways.

Replacing Suyitno as Director General of Civil Aviation is Herry Bhakti Singawuda, last posted as Chief Administrator of the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta