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Thai pilot shortage creates legal headaches

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An outdated and impractical rule requiring Thai-based carriers and air service providers to have the bulk, if not all, of their cockpit staff made up of Thai nationals is driving airlines up the wall. 

Thai pilots such as Capt Anusak Palawasu (left) and co-pilot Chananporn Rosjan, Miss Thailand Universe 2005, in a Thai AirAsia A320 cockpit, are becoming harder to find.

Carriers like Orient Thai Airlines have been penalised by the Civil Aviation Department ordinance, which carries a maximum fine of 500,000 baht for each offence and can lead to route applications "not being considered".

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