Friday, January 21, 2011

PILOT TRAINING REQUIREMENTS


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Are you looking into becoming a Pilot in Kenya and have no idea what its all about? This Blog provides for you free information regarding Pilot training in Kenya, Resources availiable, Pilot training institutions in Kenya, how you can get started and other useful links.

In a nutshell, the first licence you have to acquire is the PPL private pilot licence. The minimum hours for this is 45minimum flying hours . It is illegal to work with a PPL as you are still what is known as a ''TYRO '' Pilot ( meaning an inexperienced pilot. The next stage in your training is what is known as a CPL( Commercial Pilot Licence).In this stage you will be hour building up to 200hrs. The last stage is the MULTI/ I.R ( Instrument Rating). This is where you are trained on how to fly a multi engine aircraft and how to fly just on instruments when visibility is below minimums.

What are the requirements needed before training to be a pilot?

1. Must be at least 17years of age

2. Must have a C+ in KCSE mean grade with C+ in Math, English and Physics

3. Must take a medical exam from an approved aviation authority examiner. In the medical exam, they will check your heart rate, hearing and eyesight( if you where spectacles  this does not disqualify you to be a pilot as you will be issued with aviation spectacles. If you are colour blind then you will be automatically disqualified) . A class II medical certificate has to be issued to you on passing the medical checkup. It is with this certificate that you will apply for your SPL (Students pilot licence)with which you will be carrying in your training flights. Application for this will be made by you at the K.C.A.A ( Kenya civil aviation authority) Licencing department. 


LIST OF APPROVED AVIATION DOCTORS IN NAIROBI, KENYA:

DR. ANDREW HICKS
LANDMARK PLAZA
OPP NAIROBI HOSPITAL

TEL: 2728005
DR. J. P GATABAKI
LANDMARK PLAZA
OPP NAIROBI HOSPITAL

TEL: 2713416
DR. J .A WANJAMA
CORNER HSE, 3RD FLOOR
KIMATHI STREET

TEL:2221068
DR.  S. N KARAU
NATIONAL BANK HOUSE
SOUTH WING
HARAMBEE AVENUE
DR. FESTUS L ILAKO
LANDMARK PLAZA
OPP NAIROBI HOSPITAL

TEL: 2728005
DR. JUSTINO MUINDE
MUGOYA SHOPPING CENTRE, SOUTH C
NAIROBI


(A medical will cost you 8-10,000 ksh)
Tel: 0722-

A. PRIVATE PILOT LICENCE
      (Duration 5-6months)

Before issuance of a PPL Licence the following requirements must be met:

1.Not less than 45total flight hours
2. 10 hrs solo including 5hrs of solo cross-country flight with at least one crosscountry 
flight totaling 150 nautical miles ( 270 km)..The rest of the flying time should be under supervision from qualified flight instructor
3. Must pass the KCAA ground examinations
4. Must pass the G.F.T (general flight test) within 6months of passing the ground examinations
5. Be in possession of a current class II medical certificate



B. COMMERCIAL PILOT LICENCE REQUIREMENTS ( Duration:10-12months)

To acquire a commercial pilot licence, the following requirements must be met:
- Must be at least 18 years of age
- Be in possession of a Class I medical certificate
- Must have up to 200hrs
- Must pass the  written KCAA examinations
-Must pass a G.F.T ( general flight test) 


3. MULTI/ IR Rating  ( Duration 2months)

This is where you are trained on how to fly a multi engine aircraft and includes simulator training as well. You will be more marketable if you finish up to this stage.
requirements for this stage;

-10hrs on the simulator
-15hr instrument flying 
total : 25hrs minimum

4. ATPL ( Airline Transport Pilot Licence)

This is the highest Pilot Licence  qualification one can acquire. To get an ATPL , you need to meet the following requirements :

- Have at least 1500 flying hours
-Pass a written ATPL Exam 


FLIGHT TRAINING  INSTITUTIONS AVAILABLE IN KENYA

Location : Wilson Airport, Langata Road 

1. Kenya School Of Flying - Wilson Airport 
2. CMC aviation- Wilson Airport
3. Nairobi Flight Training- Wilson Airport 
4. 99's flying Club- Wilson Airport
5. Pegasus 
6. Skylink aviation



33 comments:

  1. Nice blog. Any chance you would have some contact info for these flight schools in Kenya?

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    1. Hi there JJ, Please join this facebook page: 'Pilots Kenya' and you shall be assisted accordingly

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  2. Hello JJ ..here are a list of some flight schools in Kenya. Most are based in Wilson Airport:

    1. Nairobi Flight training- Wilson
    2. Kenya school of flying- Wilson
    3. Ninety nines flying club-Wilson
    4. CMC aviation -Wilson
    5. Pegasus-Wilson

    The above list is not exhaustive. Also Moi university ( Eldoret) just started an aviation program a year ago..you may want to look into that as well .Hope this helps

    A1 services

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  3. Thanks for this info. Just a few questions:

    For you to clock 250hrs to be cpl, how many hours do you need in flight and how many on simulator?

    Which flight school has simulators and what type?

    Thank you.

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    1. Hi there La Finese,

      For you to be have a CPL , you need 200hrs flight time, out of which 100 must be PIC( Pilot in command) hours, 20solo cross country, 10 hours night, out of which 5hrs must be solo night hours. Please join this facebook page : 'Pilots Kenya' and you will get lots of vital info from experienced pilots already in the industry

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  4. Hello, I hold a Kenyan CPL single engine only and have an FAA instrument rating. People tell me i need multi-engine or Turbine in order to convert to a Kenyan IR, and that the Check Ride must be in a multi.. Do you know anything about this? Is this the case or can i complete it in an instrument equipped single??
    I hope you can shed some light on this!
    Thank you

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    1. Hi there Lorian, first of all, we apologise for the late reply. Secondly, KCAA issued an advisory that IR can no longer be done on a single engine. You can still do IR in a multi or Caravan etc. Please join this facebook page: 'Pilots Kenya' and you will get your questions answered from Experienced Pilots in the Kenyan Aviation industry

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  5. Hello, am an university student and probably venture into piloting but, I got a C in maths. Will my university degree be an advantage or do I have to bridge it in order to join any of the schools at Wilson Airport ?

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  6. Hello there sorry for the late responses to your queries>
    @ La Finesse_ The schools i know of that have simulators are Kenya school of flying < ninety nines flying club at wilson > Not too sure about the types though> For the simulator hours KCAA requires one to have twenty minimum sim hours


    @Lorian< thanks for your query>The best thing you could do is go to the Kenya Civil Aviation Office ( personell licencing department) with your logbook> KCAA will then advise your accordingly on what you will need to do to convert your foreign licence

    @Kili some Aviation schools at Wilson airport will require you to take a bridging course eg Kenya School Of Flying> but i would suggest that you go and inquire from all the flying schools and compare and contrast the requirements of each institution

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  7. hi very nice blog. i just have a few questions:
    im currently a student in kenya and i want to acquire my ppl license but if i had a grade below a c in math just once would it affect me from acquiring a lisence?

    and is it possible to pass the 7 subject exam by just studying by myself with out taking any classes?

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  8. Hello Choi, thanks for your query.It depends on the institution where you want to study your ppl. Some want a minim grade of C+ in math, english and physics and some institutions are like flying clubs and arent so stringent. I would suggest you walk around Wilson and visit all these schools and here what they have to say, compare and contrast. About your 2nd question, yes you can definately read on your own without taking classes, but for booking for the Main exam you must get a signature from a flying institution. There is however Computer based material that you can study on your own. Please email : a1pilottrainingkenya@gmail.com for more information on the material.

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  9. if someone has a pilot training from australia, how can he apply for pilot vacancies in kenya?

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    1. Hi there Khalid, First and foremost, you will have to go through a conversion process if you intend to fly in Kenya. For conversion requirements, you will need a few flight hours as well as pass a composite written exam. Kindly join this facebook page: 'Pilots Kenya; and you will get your questions answered from experienced Pilots already in the Kenyan Aviation Industry

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  10. This is a great information. Just one question though, what are the approximate costs for the various stages of training?
    Thanks

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    1. Hi Erick, as far as Piloting costs, this varies from institution to institution and also other variables such as the cost of Aviation fuel( AVGAS)

      For more info though we highly suggest that you join this facebook page: Pilots Kenya and have your queries answered from experienced pilots already in the industry

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  11. Hello there,
    What if I stay in South Sudan and I want to be trained into a pilot, What are the requirements? I do not have Secondary or Primary School certificates but Degree in Theology. I love piloting and I want to learn piloting at one of the Kenyan schools of piloting. What is the advice? I mean, what can I do first before starting my PPL? Thanks

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    1. Hi there aredsudan, Kindly join this facebook page for more info on Piloting in Kenya: Pilots Kenya.

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  12. You'll need a Kenyan student visa, you can get the requirements here: http://kenyaschoolofflying.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=39&Itemid=498 nothing too onerous, good luck!

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  13. Blue Bird Flight Academy provides its students with a optional Survival Training Course.
    cheapest flight training school

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  14. nice info....woo0w but one lil problem,what if someone qualifies all the above except for the grades??? mayb a c-

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    1. Frapa,
      Do not be discouraged because you scored a C-. What you need to do is to do your best to get to the flying school and once your there do your best. Good luck!

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  15. if i do piloting training in s.a how can i become a pilot in kenya? and if am self sponsored does it mean finding a job as a pilot in commercial airlines like kq will it be hard?

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  16. nice blog! 1 big question though, which would you say is the best training school in kenya i.e the most preffered by employing organizations?

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    1. Hi there Lanria,

      There are many training organisations in Kenya currenty. Most of them are located in Wilson. As far as which one is the best, that wouldn't be very easy to know, and it depends on your personal preference. As far as which one is most established though, I would go for Kenya School Of Flying, but of late, many other schools eg skylink, FTC, NFT etc are coming up quite well

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  18. can an s.4 leaver from uganda and passed in the above mentioned subjects qualify for a CPL?

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  19. how much does an atpl full license cost?

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  20. Hello JJ, what are the requirements of training as a pilot?

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  21. reliable info.
    i attained c plain in high school, is there like a bridging course prior to applying to be a pilot?

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  22. Are their sponsorships to help students who want to be pilots

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  23. Hi, one question, what is the approximate cost for the aviation course?

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  24. Can one get a job after completion of CPL?

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