Best Aviation Colleges in Kenya, admission requirements, courses and fee structure

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If you want to become a pilot in Kenya, join one of the aviation colleges and become one after pursuing your studies. The cost of studying for piloting range between Ksh 6 million and Ksh 8 million.

Below is a list of the best aviation colleges in Kenya, their courses and fee structure:

—–Kenya School of Flying

Kenya School of Flying is among the best aviation colleges in Kenya. It offers training in piloting. The institution has a fleet of flights which they use to train students. The training takes at least 2 years to complete.

Admission Requirements

1.Must be 16 years and above.
2.KCSE C+ and C+ in Mathematics, English, Geography and any one science.
3.A medical fitness certificate from an accredited Aviation Medical examiner.
4.Copies of : Academic Papers, ID/Birth Certificate/Passport.
5.6 passport size photos: Three Normal size and three 2cm x 2.5cm
6.Three internal written evaluation in Maths, English and Psychometric Testing.
7.Five lessons of flight assessment.
8.Certificate of good conduct.

It is ONLY at KSOF where the cost per hour is the same for both Cessna 150, 152 and the larger Cessna 172 and Piper Cherokee 28.

On completion, KSOF offers its graduates Cessna Caravan Rating from the institution’s sister Charter Company – Aeronav at a subsidized rate of $1,000. It’s the only flying school who offers this facility that enables students to get employment. Top students are also offered jobs their sister company – AERONAV or at the very most offered chance to build hours on the fleet.

Contacts

-Wilson Airport, off Langata Road, Nairobi.

-studentcoordinator@flyingschool.co.ke

 +254 722 754 580, (Or) +254 733 777 582

—–East African School of Aviation

East African School of Aviation is another excellent training school in Kenya.It was established in 1954.

The courses offered at the institution include:

  • Aviation Safety and Security
  • Air Navigation Services & Aircraft Maintenance
  • Curriculum Development Unit
  • Aviation Business Management

There are many other courses related to aviation at the college. For more information about latest courses, admission requirements and fee structure, visit the college’s website.

Contacts 

East African School of Aviation

P.O. Box: 30689-00100,
Nairobi, Kenya.

+254 716 164229, +254 716 164230,
+254 788 777724, +254 788 777721
+254 20 6823602-7

+254 20 6823699

info@easa.ac.ke

—–Proactive Flight Training School

Proactive Air Services is a Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) approved flight training school based at Wilson Airport, Nairobi, Kenya. Since its inception in 2013, the Approved Training Organisation has been one of the leading flight schools in the region with access to well-maintained aircrafts, training and maintenance facilities.

Courses offered by the institution

  • Private Pilot License
  • Commercial Pilot License
  • Multi Engine Instrument Rating
  • License Conversion & Renewal

Contacts

Lengai House (1st Floor)

Wilson Airport

Nairobi, Kenya

+254 772 292 016

—-99 Flying School

Ninety-Nines Flying School is a dedicated flying training organization catering for the private, commercial and airline sectors. We have extensive experience in training self and corporate sponsored pilots from different cultural backgrounds and from all around the world. 

Beginning in 1975, the Ninety-Nines Flying School has established a reputation within the East Africa aviation industry for providing high quality flight training services.

The school is located in Wilson Airport.

Courses and admission requirements

COMMERCIAL PILOT LICENCE(CPL)

Course Requirements

  • The minimum age for one to be issued with a Commercial Pilot License is 18.
  • One must demonstrate the ability to read, speak, write and understand the English language.
  • Be in possession of a valid Class 1 Medical certificate
  • Be in possession of a valid Private Pilot’s License
  • Achieve minimum flight time as stipulated in the Civil aviation regulations.
  • Pass all stipulated theory examinations

MULTI-ENGINE INSTRUMENT RATING (MIR)

AIRLINE TRANSPORT PILOTS LICENCE (ATPL)

Course Requirements

  • The minimum age for one to be issued with an Air Transport Pilot License is 21.
  • One must demonstrate the ability to read, speak, write and understand the English language.
  • Be in possession of a valid Class 1 Medical certificate
  • Be in possession of a valid Commercial Pilot’s License
  • Achieve minimum flight time as stipulated in the Civil aviation regulations.
  • Pass all stipulated theory examinations

PRIVATE PILOT LICENCE

Course Requirements

  • The minimum age for one to be issued with a Private Pilot License is 17.
  • One must demonstrate the ability to read, speak, write and understand the English language.
  • Be in possession of a valid Class 2 Medical certificate
  • Be in possession of a valid Student Pilot’s License
  • Achieve minimum flight time as stipulated in the Civil aviation regulations.
  • Pass all stipulated theory examinations

QUALIFIED FLYING INSTRUCTORS (QFI)

Course Requirements

  • The minimum age for one to be issued with a Private Pilot License is 17.
  • One must demonstrate the ability to read, speak, write and understand the English language.
  • Be in possession of a valid Class 2 Medical certificate
  • Be in possession of a valid Student Pilot’s License
  • Achieve minimum flight time as stipulated in the Civil aviation regulations.
  • Pass all stipulated theory examinations

Contacts

Email:info@99flying.com

Location

Wilson Airport,

Nairobi,Kenya.

Phone:+254728606479

—–Alpha Aviation

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Aviation bridging courses for those cadets with lower grades ie. Lower than C+ in their KCSE Secondary examinations. (Minimum entry grade)

Courses and admission requirements

KCAA Cabin Crew Training Requirements:

An applicant for cabin crew member certificate shall:-

  1. Be at least eighteen years of age;
  2. Be able to read, speak and understand the English language sufficiently to adequately carry out the responsibilities of a cabin crew member;
  3. Have completed a course of training approved by the Authority proven by a letter from KCAA confirming the approval.
  4. Have passed a knowledge and practical tests within the last six months preceding the date of application.

Commercial Pilot License

KCAA Private Pilot License Requirements:

The Kenya Civil  Aviation Authority, among others requires the following:

  1. Be at least eighteen years of age;
  2. Be in possession of a Class 1 Medical Certificate.
  3. Hold a Kenyan Private Pilot License

Private Pilot License Training(PPL)

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KCAA CPL & PPL Requirements

Requirements for Issue of a CPL

An applicant for a Commercial Pilot License shall;

  1. Be at least eighteen years of age;
  2. Be in possession of a Class 1 Medical Certificate.
  3. Hold a Kenyan Private Pilot License or meet the requirements for application for military licenses; or conversion of foreign licenses and
  4. Receive a logbook endorsement from an authorized instructor who: –
    1. Conducted the required ground training on the required aeronautical knowledge areas, that apply to the aircraft category and class rating sought; and
    2. Certified that the person is prepared for the required knowledge test that applies to the aircraft category and class rating sought.
  5. Pass the required knowledge test on the following aeronautical knowledge areas;
  6. Meet the required aeronautical experience of the applicable provisions that apply to the aircraft category and class rating sought before applying for the practical test. These required flight hours are well stipulated on the aeronautical experience form
  7. Receive the required training and a logbook endorsement from an authorized instructor who:
    1. Conducted the training on the areas of operation that apply to the aircraft category and class rating sought; and
    2. Certified that the person is prepared for the required practical test.
  8. Pass the required practical test (GFT) on the areas of operation that apply to the aircraft category and class rating sought; M
  9. Pass the English Language Proficiency exam and attain either of
    1. Operational Level (Level 4); Valid for 3 years
    2. Extended Level (Level 5); Valid for 6 years
    3. Expert Level (Level 6); Valid for Life

Application Requirements

The applicant should have the following;

  1. Fully Completed PPL prescribed application forms as follows;
    1. Application Form for Issue, re-issue and renewal of CPL (Form O-PEL003);
    2. Aeronautical Experience Form showing the breakdown of the hours that an applicant should have.
    3. Summary of flying experience form
    4. Application form for English Language Proficiency endorsement
    5. Application form for Flight Radio Telephony Operator’s License
  2. A valid Medical Certificate – Class 1
  3. Four passport size photographs – full face (2cm by 2.5cm);
  4. A photo Identification Card or Passport, or Birth Certificate and a copy of the same
  5. Certified copies of the last 2 pages of the personal logbook. These pages show the latest flying experience certified by the pilot’s supervisor, who will certify the relevant logbook entries by endorsing his signature and license number.
  6. Payment of the prescribed fees (Kshs. 4500)

Requirements for Renewal of CPL

  1. Complete the prescribed renewal application form;
  2. Provide a valid Class 1 medical certificate;
  3. Complete the prescribed summary of the flying experience form;
  4. Logged the required 6 hours for renewal which should have been flown within the last 6 months.
  5. Certified copies of the last 2 pages of the personal logbook. These pages show the latest flying experience certified by the pilot’s supervisor, who will certify the relevant logbook entries by endorsing his signature and license number.

Renewal of a Lapsed Commercial Pilot License

Where a license has not been renewed by the date of expiry, the validity of the license standards are lapsed.

To renew a lapsed Commercial Pilot’s license; the license holder shall meet the requirements subject to the lapsed periods as follows:

  1. Less than six months and all renewal requirements were met prior to the date of expiry; there are no additional requirements;
  2. More than six (6) months but not more than three (3) years:
    1. Pass a written examination in Air Law or Regulations;
    2. Pass a type rating practical check-out on an aircraft type endorsed or on the type rating sought; and
    3. Meet the renewal requirements
  3. More than three (3) years but not more than 10 years:
    1. Undertake a refresher course in an ATO in preparation for the practical and knowledge tests which should include ten (10) hours as PIC.
    2. Pass a CPL practical test (GFT) on the aircraft type rating being sought;
    3. Pass a CPL composite knowledge examination;
    4. Meet the renewal requirements;
  4. More than ten (10) years, an applicant shall meet all requirements for the of initial issue of a CPL.

How to Become a Pilot

he first step is to score at least C+ in KCSE and C+ in Physics and Mathematics. Then look for appropriate college to enroll for aviation classes. In Kenya, here are the best piloting schools and the fees structure you are expected to pay.

Kenya School of Aviation

Kenya School of Aviation is the best Aviation college in Kenya. To join the college, you need the following:

  • Must be 16 years and above.
  • KCSE C+ and C+ in Mathematics, English, Geography and any one science.
  • A medical fitness certificate from an accredited Aviation Medical examiner.
  • Copies of : Academic Papers, ID/Birth Certificate/Passport.
  • 6 passport size photos: Three Normal size and three 2cm x 2.5cm
  • Three internal written evaluation in Maths, English and Psychometric Testing.
  • Five lessons of flight assessment.

CONTACT INFORMATION

  • ADDRESS

Wilson Airport, Wilson Airport Business Park, Block Foxtrot 2nd Floor.

  • TEL NO:+254 794139311
  • POSTAL ADDRESS

P.O.BOX 43560-00100 GPO

  • EMAIL:info@alphaaviation.co.ke
  • WORKING HOURS:Monday – Friday

—–Kenya Aeronautical College

Kenya Aeronautical College is an aviation training institution based in Wilson Airport – Nairobi, Kenya. We first began in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2003 and have maintained a tradition of excellence in education throughout our expansion of aviation career influence over more than a decade.

List of courses offered by the institution

Professional course

  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Licence (AMEL)

Degree course

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering

Certificate courses

  • Flight Planning Officers Course in Meteorology
  • Certificate in Aircraft Maintenance
  • Certificate in Aviation Law Fundamentals
  • Certificate in Assisting Travellers With Special Needs
  • Certificate in Flight Data Analysis

Diploma courses

  • Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering – Airframes & Engines
  • Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering – Avionics
  • Diploma in Cabin Crew
  • Piloting
  • Diploma in Flight Operation and Dispatch
  • Diploma in Air Cargo Management
  • Diploma in International Tours and Travel
  • Diploma in Airline Marketing
  • Diploma in Airport Operations
  • Diploma in Ground Operations Management
  • Diploma in Air Transport Fundamentals and Economics
  • Diploma in Airline Fares and Ticketing
  • Diploma in Airline Customer Service
  • Diploma in Airline Revenue Management

Contacts

Kenya Aeronautical College, Wilson Airport

Langata Road

(+254) 708 374 257

Mon to Fri 7am to 6 pm

info@kac.co.ke

director@kac.co.ke

kac.admission@gmail.com

—–West Rift Aviation

Courses, admission requirements and fee structure

Private Pilot License

Requirements

  • Age 17 years and Above
  • KCSE mean grade C+ or equivalent Certificate with minimum of C+.
  • Valid Medical Certificate.
  • National ID or Passport.
  • Admission fee of USD 30.

Fees Structure

Aspects of TrainingRateUSD.Duration
Cessna / 152 Trainer C150 / 152@ USD 210.00 40 Hours (minimum)8,400.008 Months
Cessna 172 Trainer@ USD 210.00 40 Hours (minimum)8,400.00
Piper PA 28@ USD 210.00 40 Hours (minimum)8,400.00
Ground school courseFull-Time Classes (8am-4pm)1,200.00
Training Total for PPL on Cessna/152 trainer9,600.00
Training Total for PPL on Cessna/172 trainer9,600.00
Training Total for PPL on Piper PA 28 trainer9,600.00

Commercial Pilot License

Fees Structure

Aspects of TrainingRateUSD.Duration
Cessna / 150 / 152 Trainer160 Hours @ USD. 210.0033,600.0014 Months
Cessna 172 Trainer160 Hours @ USD. 210.0033,600.0012 Months
Piper PA 28160 Hours @ USD. 210.0033,600.0012 Months
Ground School Course400 Hours (minimum)1,800.006 Months

Flight Instructors Course

Prerequisities

  • Holder of a current KCAA Commercial Pilot Certificate.
  • Current medical certificate Class 1
  • At least 10 hours of recent fligth time.
  • Prepared to pass stage one written exams and evaluation.
  • Prior to moving to stage two.

Fees Structure

Aspects of TrainingKshs.Duration
Ground 60 HoursUSD. 2,000.002 months
Flying – 20 HoursC-152 USD. 4,200
C-172 USD. 4,200
PA-28 USD. 4,200
2 months
ExaminationUSD. 150
TOTALTOTALUSD 6,350

Instrument Rating

Requirements

CourseDuration
Instrument Rating40 Hours Flight Time

Flight Dispatch

Requirements

CourseDuration
Flight Dispatch6 Months Grounds

Air Transport Pilot’s License

Requirements

Pilot in Command under supervision (NB: Or 250 hours as PIC, or made up by not less than 76 hours as PIC and the additional flight time as PIC in command)500 Hours
Total Cross Country Flight Time (NB: Not less than 100 hours shall be as PIC or Co-Pilot under the supervision of the PIC, Provided that the method us acceptable by authority)200 Hours
Instrument Flight Time: (NB: Not more thab 30 hours of synthetic flight training)75 Hours
Total Flight Time Required for ATPL Issue1500 hours

Contacts

  • Westrift Aviation Limited
  • Wilson Airport, location 17a, Apron 3
  • +254 704 26 50 37
  • info@westriftaviation.co.ke

—–Mount Kenya Flight School

Courses

Private Pilot license (PPL)​

The Private Pilot License is the first step towards becoming a professional pilot. It is designed for applicants without any previous flight experience who want to obtain the PPL(A).

Commercial Pilot License (CPL)

This opens the door to your career as a commercial pilot as you work your way towards your career goals. Private Pilot License is a Prerequisite.

Foreign license to local license conversion

We help you convert your license provided that the foreign license is medically valid, and originates from a country that is a member of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Ground school for PPL, CPL and Conversion

Night Rating

If you intend to become a professional pilot, the night rating is a mandatory step! This will  allow you to fly at night and/or in less favorable weather conditions.

Instrument Rating (IR)​

This course will enable you to continue your flight and land in more challenging weather conditions than those normally permitted when flying under Visual Flight Rules (VFR).

Multi-engine rating (MEL)

You will be able to fly twin-engine aircraft that provide the additional safety of having two engines instead of just one! If you intend to take up a professional flying career, this course is definitely for you!

CPL Guaranteed Course

We are the only institution in the region that offers the CPL- MEL guaranteed course. Course duration is 12-18 Months and 200 minimum flying hours.

Get Started

Contacts

Nanyuki Office Opposite Nanyuki Airstrip Nanyuki Nyeri Highway
P O Box 102504-00100, Nanyuki
Tel: +254 748395921 | +254 748394573

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