Braam MP: “CCAA should have more control on maintenance InselAir’s aircraft”
WILLEMSTAD – The Independent Member of Parliament Eduard Braam recently questioned the way that the Curaçao Civil Aviation Authority (CCAA) is dealing with aircraft maintenance of the local aviation company InselAir. “The media has been giving a lot of attention to the issues surrounding the local airline. Even yesterday two aircraft were grounded because of faulty maintenance,” said the MP.
“The CCAA was right to ground these two aircraft. We cannot gamble with the life of the passengers.” The MP also recognized that this decision has consequences for the company and its employees. There will also be consequences for the passengers because currently there are maybe 3 or 4 aircraft in operation. This will surely cause delays and more frustration. “But once again we cannot gamble with this. We are talking about lives here,” said Braam.
Braam also questions the policy and the management of the maintenance department. The MP indicated that in the financial statements it appears that the company was charged 5000 dollars for an aircraft cable pulley while the real cost is 1300 dollars. “Something is wrong here and we demand an investigation into possible corruption in the company,” said Braam.
“We also noticed that there are several aircraft in the hangars. These are all out of service. Some of them a long period of time. A real C-Check must take place on a regular basis according to flight hours and the agreed schedule. A C-Check should only take a few weeks.”
Braam wants to know the reason why there are so many aircraft out of service or in C-Check. “What are the costs for a C-Check? Is it more economical to do them here on the island or have them done abroad? The MP also wants to know about other aircraft flying for the company. Does the CCAA know about them?
“The government has committed 15 million dollars to the airline. This is why it is important to know what the conditions are of these aircraft. Do they comply with international laws and regulations?”