The need for Africans to study aviation is unquestionable. African aviation development needs a strong foundation, good knowledge, exposure and a strong regulatory body . This is what the African countries have discovered and have consequently embarked on these program with a help from developed countries. The ICAO has always sent experts to assist local regulatory bodies in this particular area. Unfortunately political unrest and conflict in many African countries has hindered efforts to develop the industry quicker, leading to the whole continent having only five major flag carriers namely; – KENYA AIRWAYS, ETHIOPIAN AIRWAYS, SOUTH AFRICAN AIRLINES, EGYPT AIR AND AIR MOROCCO.
AFRICAN AVIATION AND OPPORTUNITIES
In order for the African airspace to be even safer and to enable the remaining African countries own and be proud of their own flag carriers (airlines), African countries need a lot more training in aircraft engineering, piloting, tower controllers, cabin crew, air movement operation staff, ground crew and all aviation related professionals. Unless African countries invest a lot more in this area of training then our aviation industry will always lag behind the developed countries. As it is at the moment African countries are relying heavily on experts from developed countries. The Kenya Aeronautical College offers training opportunities in aviation related careers that will help in the fight to bridge this gap.
SAMSON MULIRO AKETCH
DIRECTOR KENYA AERONAUTICAL COLLEGE