PETALING JAYA - Pilots, maintenance personnel and air traffic controllers cannot carry out aircraft maintenance work on aeroplanes or helicopters without a licence from the proper authorities, said Dilog Training and Services (DTS) director and accountable manager Amrul Zeflin Anim.
Besides being above 18, not colour-blind and having no chronic asthmatic illness, the entry requirements into aviation training courses have been updated to be in line with global standards.
In Malaysia, the National Aviation Authority is the Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia (DCAM), which formally introduced its new licensing system and training organisations' approval system in 2011.
DTS is among the first two organisations to be accorded the DCAM approval. The other is Malaysia Airlines Engineering and Maintenance.
To date, these two organisations remain the only fully approved organisations to conduct training, examinations and assessments, leading to an Aircraft Maintenance Licence (AML) grant.
Amrul Zeflin said that before considering overseas programmes, students should note that there are limited foreign licences recognised by DCAM.
"Traditionally, engineer licences from Britain, New Zealand, Singapore, Brunei and Hong Kong have been accepted but other than this, it is the prerogative of DCAM to decide on a case by case basis.
"The reward at the end of it all is to be issued the 'red book' by DCAM as it is not just a licence but a ticket to better things in life," Amrul Zeflin added.