has suspended the air operator certificates (AOC) of five of the country’s
smaller airlines for failing a quarterly safety audit.
airlines that have had their AOCs suspended are: Helizona, Sabang Merauke Raya Air Charter, Asco Nusa Air, Tri-MG Intra Asia
Airlines and Dirgantara Air Service, says Directorate
General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) deputy director flight standards Diding Sunardi.
is a consequence of the quarterly audit that the DGCA now carries out on the
country’s airlines to ensure they are fulfilling safety standards. Under the
audit airlines fall into one of three categories and those that fall into the
bottom category are automatically grounded and have their AOCs
Diding says airlines that have their AOCs suspended have
the opportunity to get them back but they have to comply with the auditor’s
“recommendations and show they have all the resources, material, personnel and facilities”.
also says Dirgantara had already grounded its
operations prior to the DGCA’s decision.
Dirgantara has Britten-Norman
Islanders and Indonesia Aerospace 212s and is mostly a passenger charter
operator on Indonesia’s Kalimantan
island. The DGCA grounded the airline last year
following an earlier audit but it was operating again earlier this year and in
January one of its 212s crashed, killing all three on board.
Intra Asia is mostly a scheduled and charter cargo operator, operating Boeing
737-200Fs and 737-200Fs, but it recently branched into passenger operations by
buying two Let L-410s from Philippine carrier Seair.
January 2005 a Tri-MG 737-200 hit a herd of cows and in March last year the
DGCA issued the airline with a safety warning.
DGCA last March also issued a safety warning against Asco
Nusa Air, which Diding says
is a charter operator that does aerial photography and crop dusting.
Sabang Merauke Raya Air Charter operates scheduled and charter services,
mostly linking Subang island with Sumatra
island. Subang is off the
western tip of Sumatra.
operates Islanders and 212s and in 2002 crashed one of its Islanders, killing
all 10 on board. In June 2007 the DGCA issued it with a safety warning.
Helizona operates Robinson helicopters and according to the
company’s website is a Robinson-recognised distributor and service centre. It
too received a DGCA safety warning in June 2007.
currently faces pressure from the European Union to improve its air safety
standards. All Indonesian carriers are currently banned from serving the EU
because of concerns over safety, but Indonesia
is trying to have the ban lifted.