5 December 2012

Uganda's CAA Plan Air Show

Kampala, Uganda — The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in a bid to demystify the aviation sector to Ugandans, is set to hold an air show from December 15 to 16 at Entebbe International Airport.

"This show is meant to enlighten the people about air transport and to dispel the myth that air craft is for the affluent", said Dr. David Mpango Kakuba, the CAA Deputy Managing Director told reporters in Kampala.

The show which is part of the celebrations to mark the country's 50 years of independence is also meant to mark the International Aviation Week celebrated annually by member states of the International Aviation Commission during the second week of December.

The show will be graced by a number of activities including fly pasts, acrobatics, public leisure flights and static exhibitions that will involve stake holders engaging the public about air transport.

According to Mr. David Rogers the Chairman Uganda Air Operators Association, other operators from Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa have already confirmed to join themto increase the number of consultants during the event.

Kakuba encouraged females to join piloting as the field is highly dominated by males yet it's the most regulated and safest kind of transport that all Ugandans should embrace. The authority has organized over 2000 tickets for whoever will opt for a 20 minutes flight for the public and this service will go for Ush 50,000 ($19).

Rogers however warned that alcoholic products will not be allowed both in the airlines and at the show due to the safety standards associated with aviation.

According to Kakuba, Ugandans are increasingly adopting air as means of transport being indicated by the steady growth in passenger traffic from 500,000 passengers three years ago to 1.2m currently.

He says that the increase is geared by the fact that the business world has become more sophisticated as more people in the country have resorted to importing and this has therefore attracted frequencies whereby most airlines have a minimum of seven flights a week.

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