Varsity gets commercial aircraft for training students

Moi University School of Aerospace Sciences has received a Cessna 303 commercial aircraft for training of students pursuing aviation programme at the Eldoret-based institution.

The aircraft donated by the Kenya Pipeline Company brings the total number of aircraft at the faculty to four. The six-sitter plane will be assembled by students.

The plane was initially used by the oil transportation company for survey but the corporation felt it needed a helicopter since the Cessna could not access some remote areas.

The other planes at the institution include a Cessna 152 with a single engine mostly used for Stage One aviation training, a Cessna 182 and a Padinavia aircraft mostly used to train pilots who wish to hold a commercial pilot certificate.

Moi University vice chancellor Richard Mibey said the plane will be used by the students to learn how to maintain and repair a plane.

“Training of pilots outside the country costs an average of Sh16 million to Sh20 million and their pilots need to be certified back home before flying.

“Introduction of aviation training programmes at Moi University has enormously reduced the cost of training a pilot to about Sh4 million,” said Captain Miren Haria who trained in South Africa.