Kenya is on course to have its first drone academy after the civil aviation authority said it would approve the application for school licence by logistics firm Astral Aviation.

This is the first application since last year’s gazettement of regulations for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV).

Kenya has no drone pilot, neither does it have a training institution for UAV operators. If approved, Kenya will become the second country on the continent after South Africa to have such training.

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The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA), the sector regulator, has confirmed receiving Astral’s application; it is being reviewed.

“We have received their application and it is in the reviewing process. We will definitely approve it because we need more of drone training schools to create local capacity,”

said KCAA director-general Gilbert Kibe.

Astral chief executive officer Sanjeev Gadhia says they have identified Lukenya and Limuru as possible school sites “as they are far from an airport, which is one of the conditions set by the regulator.”

Astral is working on how to get instructors from South Africa, the CEO said.

Courtesy of Business Daily.