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Private pilots call for review of industry laws



The Association of Private Pilots wants the government to review regulations on the ownership and maintenance of light aircrafts.

The Recreational Aviation Association of Kenya (RAAK) is also urging the government to create a different entity to regulate them saying the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority should focus on large commercial aircrafts.

RAAK Chairman Trevor Kent says his organization has drafted proposals which if adopted and implemented would help in the growth of the recreational airplanes business.

According to the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority there are about 1600 aircrafts in the country made up large and small aircrafts.

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As the economy expands and more airstrips and airports are constructed, the industry is expected to see more aircrafts plying the Kenyan airspace.

The Recreational Aviation Association of Kenya wants the cost of owning and maintaining light aircraft to be reduced in order to inspire more pilots and aviation engineers to join the sector.

RAAK chair Trevor Kent says the high cost of training and expensive licenses are strangling the growth of the sector.

The association is further lobbying for the creation of a separate entity to license and regulate recreational aircraft owners in the country.

The cost of training a pilot ranges between 1.2 to 1.3 million shillings making it an expensive undertaking.

RAAK Secretary-General Gary Cullen, who said the country had very few private pilot license holders due to the high cost of owning and maintaining aircraft and called for a paradigm shift in regulating the sector.

Cullen further says the association has partnered with the KCAA to bring into the Kenyan market more light aircraft to be used for recreational and training purposes.


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