Universities that offer aviation courses in Kenya [and colleges]

Learn about the universities that offer aviation courses in Kenya in our latest educational guide.

Do you dream of working as a pilot, an aerospace engineer, or even as an air traffic controller?

If you have answered yes, you have two options when it comes to studying for careers in aviation in Kenya:

Option 1- attend your study at one of the universities that offer aviation courses in Kenya OR

Option 2- go for training in one of the colleges offering aviation courses in Kenya.

This article will introduce you to both the colleges and universities that offer aviation courses in Kenya to point you in the right direction.

I shall also be telling you more about the requirements for an aviation course in Kenya and even the fees you should expect to pay for aviation courses in Kenyan universities and colleges.

Read to the end.

Universities that offer aviation courses in Kenya and the courses they offer

1.     Moi University

Moi University is perhaps the best known among the universities that offer aviation courses in Kenya.

Their Aerospace school was established back in September 2009 and has been offering degree courses in both Aviation and various Space sciences.

To ensure that the training is topnotch, the school collaborates with other reputable aviation training institutions in the region and worldwide.

These includes:

  1. EASA- East African School of Aviation
  2. Oklahoma State University –USA
  3. Shenyang Aerospace University-China.

Aviation courses in Moi University – aviation courses and requirements

Degree programmes

Bsc. (Bachelor of Science) in Aerospace sciences

For this course, you have three specialization options:

1.      Aviation security

This equips you with knowledge in areas such as Aviation Security (and laws), safety, detecting crime, and the basics of forensic science.

Plus, you will develop practical skills that are applied in a variety of aerospace security fields.

2.      Aerospace logistics

Here you acquire knowledge in fields such as aviation marketing, safety, purchasing, and management/administration.

That said, a lot of emphasis is given to practical skills that are in demand when it comes to aerospace logistics.

3.      Professional pilot

Under this option, you’re equipped with adequate knowledge(and skills) to enable you to build a great career as a professional pilot.

The course will help you acquire the prestigious Private Pilot License(PPL) as well as the Commercial Pilot License(CPL) from KCAA(Kenya Civil Aviation authority).

Bear in mind that Moi University is one of the leading universities offering piloting courses in Kenya and their professional piloting courses is widely recognized.

Minimum entry requirements:

KCSE mean grade- C+(Plus) or its equivalent.

You must also have a C (Plus) in the following subjects:

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • English
  • Geography/Chemistry.

In addition, you must meet all the KCAA Medical Certificate(2nd Class) requirements (for Pilot Licenses).

Bachelor of Civil Aviation Management

This course can open doors for you to well-paying jobs such as airport manager, airline manager or even air commerce expert.

Minimum entry requirements:

  • KCSE mean grade- C+ (Plus) or its equivalent. You must also have a C+ (Plus) in the following subjects: Mathematics, English Language, and one Business Related subject. OR
  • Diploma in Aviation Studies from an institution validated by the CUE (Commission for University Education). You should have a credit (at least) OR
  • Any professional certificate (in Aviation Studies) recognized by the CUE

To learn more, visit Moi University School of Aerospace studies here.

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Nairobi university aviation courses

The only aviation course at the University of Nairobi is Aviation Meteorology-  it is offered at the Post-graduate Diploma and Msc.(Master of Science) levels.

Needless to say, meteorological information plays a super important role when it comes to air navigation and safety (and efficiency) of nearly all civil aviation operations depends on it.

You can read more about the aviation meteorology course here.

Aviation courses in Kenyatta University

Kenyatta University has been offering an Aerospace Engineering degree too but it seems to have stopped. The course had been started in 2014 but it seems to have stopped along the way.

There were no other aviation courses in Kenyatta University at the time of writing this article.

Colleges offering aviation courses in Kenya

If you did not get the minimum requirements for aviation course in Kenya at the degree level, you can start with a college diploma.

Alternatively, there are good specialized training programmes in aviation that can help you kickstart your career in various aviation-related fields.

Here is the thing: it is important to check that the college you choose to attend is licensed by the KCAA before enrolling- you don’t want to waste your time and money studying for worthless papers.

To help you make an informed decision, here are the colleges offering aviation courses in Kenya (those authorized by the KCAA) and the aviation courses they are licensed to offer.

East African School of Aviation(EASA)

Courses

  1. FOO- Flight operation officer course
  2. ATC- Air traffic control course
  3. AMEL- Aircraft Maintenance Engineer License

College location

Airport North Rd, Embakasi

Contact/website

0722 394443 or 0716 164229/30

Kenya School of Flying

Courses

  1. PPL-Private Pilot License
  2. CPL-Commercial Pilot License
  3. ATPL- Airline Transport Pilot License
  4. MULTI-ENGINE Instrument Rating
  5. IR- Instrument Rating

College location

Wilson Airport

Contact/website

https://kenyaschoolofflying.com/

Standards Aviation

Courses

  1. PPL
  2. CPL
  3. ATPL
  4. FIR- Flight Instructor Rating

College location

Wilson Airport

Contact

0706 091811

Flight Training Centre

Courses

  1. PPL
  2. CPL
  3. ATPL
  4. FIR
  5. Helicopter pilot(PPL&CPL)
  6. MULTI-ENGINE Instrument Rating
  7. IR

College location

Wilson Airport

Contact/website

https://www.flighttrainingcentre.co.ke/fee-guide/

Ninety Nines Flying School

Courses

  1. PPL
  2. CPL
  3. MULTI-ENGINE Instrument Rating
  4. IR
  5. FIR
  6. FOO

College location

Wilson Airport

Contact/website

https://99flying.com/

Proactive Training Services / proactive flying school

Courses

  1. PPL
  2. CPL

College location

Wilson Airport

Contact/website

https://www.proactiveairservices.com/

Skymax Aviation Limited

Courses

  1. PPL
  2. CPL
  3. FOO

College location

Wilson Airport

Contact/website

https://skymaxflyingschool.com

Aerosafe African Consultants

Courses

  1. FOO

College location

Wilson Airport

Contact

0705 152401

Nairobi Flight Training

Courses

  1. PPL
  2. CPL
  3. ATPL
  4. IR

College location

Wilson Airport

Contact

0729 607737

Westrift Aviation Limited

Courses

  1. PPL
  2. CPL
  3. ATPL
  4. IR
  5. FOO

College location

Wilson Airport

Contact

0704 265037

Capital Connect Aviation Supplies

Courses

  1. PPL
  2. CPL
  3. IR
  4. FOO
  5. Multi-engine Instrument Rating

College location

Wilson Airport

Contact

0721 261471

Pegasus Flyers(EA) Limited

Courses

  1. PPL

College location

Wilson Airport

Contact

060 01467 ext.6001468

KQ Pride centre

Courses

  1. FOO

College location

KQ headquarters, Embakasi

Contact

020 6422846 (Visit http://www.kqpridecentre.com/)

Think Aviation Training

Courses

  1. FOO

College location

Wilson Airport

Contact

0733 483483

Flitestar Academy

Courses

  1. PPL
  2. CPL
  3. FOO

College location

Wilson Airport

Contact

0735 708997

Mt Kenya Flight School

Courses

  1. PPL
  2. CPL

College location

Nanyuki

Contact

0758 813228

 

A brief description of aviation courses in Kenya

Here now is a brief explanation of the aviation courses I have listed above

·         Air traffic control (ATC) course

This course teaches you the skills you need to succeed as an Air traffic controller.

Air traffic controllers are in charge of giving instructions, advice, and other vital information to pilots to help them fly safely, efficiently, & quickly.

Your main role as a controller is keeping track of flights (using radar together with the latest computer technology/systems).

·         Flight Operations Officer Course

Here you are taught the skills and competencies you need to build a career as a flight dispatcher (airline dispatcher/flight follower/flight operations officer).

The dispatcher assists in roles such as planning flight paths while taking into account factors like aircraft performance (and loading), en-route winds, airspace restrictions, thunderstorms and turbulence forecasts, and other risky airport conditions.

A dispatcher will also provide flight following services and advise pilots when (and if) conditions change.

You will find them operating from the operations hub of an airline.

·         Aircraft Maintenance Engineer License Training

This course is for those who would like to become aircraft repairmen and repairwomen (think of an aircraft engineer as a mechanic who services, repairs and maintains airplanes).

·         Private Pilot License

Private Pilot License(PPL) is an internationally recognized training course that allows trainees to obtain the basic knowledge and foundational skills for all their future air-craft pilot training.

As a trained Private Pilot, you can fly an airplane both during the day and at night even while carrying passengers (family, co-workers, friends, etc.).

The PPL training is your first step towards acquiring a Commercial Pilot’s License.

·         Commercial Pilot License

This training entails learning how to fly commercial aircraft including more complicated airplanes even in risky situations safely.

It is what commercial airlines ask for when hiring pilots and should be your next step after completing the PPL training.

·         Commercial Pilot License-Helicopter

This trains you how to fly commercial helicopters professionally.

·         Multi-engine Instrument Rating

This course is essentially the same as IR training, except that it is based on flying multiengine aircrafts.

For this reason, the practical part of the training is usually held on two-engine piston aircraft equipped with a deicing system plus a stormscope.

·         Airline Transport Pilot License(ATPL)  Training

An ATPL is the highest level you can go to when it comes to aircraft pilot certificate.

Those with this certificate work as airline transport pilots and are permitted to act as the pilot-in-command on assigned air carriers’ aircraft.

In fact, pilots must hold this certificate before being allowed to be the pilot-in-command on an airplane with 9 (or more) passenger seats.

Training is extremely rigorous.

·         Private Pilot License(Helicopter)

This Aviation training takes you through helicopter lessons that allow you to fly a private helicopter.

It is a pre-requisite for those who want to join the Commercial Pilot License-Helicopter training.

·         Instrument Rating Training

An Instrument Rating(IR) training is an intensive training that is mainly focused on flying only by referring to instruments.

Now, a well-trained and pro instrument pilot can easily fly an aircraft from point A-to-point B without needing to look out (the window) except for take-off and landing, making it a truly remarkable skill.

You can go for it after acquiring your pilot license.

·         Flight Instructor Rating Training

This teaches you the additional skills you need to work as a flight instructor- it is intended for pilots who would like to practice as teachers/instructors to students who are learning how to fly.

 

Requirements for aviation course in Kenya

To view the requirements for licensing for all aviation courses including the best aviation courses in Kenya, visit KCAA’s main website.

Here is the link.

Universities that offer aviation courses in Kenya – frequently asked questions

How much do aviation courses cost in Kenya?

The cost varies from one training school/institution to the next. But overall, aviation courses do not come cheap.

For instance, the flight training centre charges the following fees for various aviation courses:

  • PPL- Kshs.800,000
  • Helicopter-Private Pilots License- Kshs.2,526,000.00
  • Commercial Pilots License(CPL)- Kshs.2,809,000
  • Helicopter- Commercial Pilots License- Kshs.9,663,000

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CPA John Gitahi is a former college lecturer and has been involved in education all his life. He's passionate about helping young people make great career choices. He studied Commerce and ICT at the University and runs several successful online entreprises. He is also an avid traveller.

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