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Calls For Safe Operations Amid Inaugural Drones Pilot Graduations In The Country

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A section of graduants at the inaugural drone pilot’s graduation in East and Central Africa from the Drone Space Kenya academy.

A section of graduants at the inaugural drone pilot’s graduation in East and Central Africa from the Drone Space Kenya academy.

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  • The pilots will be able to operate drones in the Kenyan airspace after Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) approved Remote Pilots License (RPL) certificates. 

Over 40 students have graduated today during the inaugural drone pilot’s graduation in East and Central Africa from the Drone Space Kenya academy.

The pilots will be able to operate drones in the Kenyan airspace after Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) approved Remote Pilots License (RPL) certificates. 

Speaking during the graduation ceremony, Ministry of Information, Communications,  and Technology Chief Administrative Officer Maureen Mbaka said that the unmanned  aircraft industry is leading the way into a new age of aviation. 

She noted that the drone industry is developing at a rapid rate making it crucial for pilots and operators to do the same in order to improve their own standing within the aviation industry.

“Drone technology will continue to play an increasing role in optimizing various sectors including agriculture, housing, security, tourism amongst other key sectors of our economy, but first we must master how to fly and operate them right,” Mbaka said.

Officials present at the inaugural drone pilots graduation

Drone Space aims to build a team of KCAA–certified drone pilots who will practice flying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to meet the local demands for various

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident representative Kenya Walid Badawi said that drones provide opportunities not just for service delivery but also employment.

“It’s important that we do not miss this wave of frontier technology, KCAA requires commercial drone owners to be certified and registered before operating them,” he added

KCAA UAS Technical Officer Frank Kigen   reiterated that Safety remains a fundamental concern for the Authority’s mission and they are determined to achieve it as an industry.

During the graduation, the company also announced the launching of Women in Drones Technology (WIDT) and data analysis programmes that targets graduate beneficiaries from all the East African member states, Ethiopia and Malawi before the end of the year. 

 The scholarship will see the Academy sponsor 12 women in Technology for the Drone and Data analysis program. 

Upon graduation, the beneficiaries will receive a Remote Pilot License and Certificate  of Drone Technology (CDT) effectively enabling them to construct and assemble  drones, aircraft fundamentals, operations, regulations, and data analytics for  Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV).

The drone pilot graduates

Drone Space Ltd is Kenya’s most experienced Unmanned Aircraft Systems Training Organization (UTO) offering the highest quality drone training for filmmakers, corporate  clients, government agencies, public safety departments, and individuals.  

Established in 2018, Drone Space offers a range of services to individuals and companies  that plan to use Drones for commercial purposes and who require assistance in securing a  Remote Operating Certificate as per the accreditation process laid out by the Kenya Civil  Aviation Authority.  

Besides Remote Pilot License Training, the Academy also offers the following services: Getting a RPAS Operators Certificate, drone pilots for hire, companies offering drone services across Kenya.