Kenya has committed to support development of Africa's aviation industry with a keen focus on flight safety, backed up by the US government.
This follows the signing of a new training agreement between the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The agreement has seen the Nairobi based - East African School of Aviation (EASA) become the latest FAA training venue in Africa for teaching Flight Safety Inspector courses.
The signing of the training agreement not only declares EASA a suitable FAA training venue for such courses in Africa, it also signifies Kenya's commitment to the growth and development of Civil Aviation together with improving Flight Safety in Africa.
"EASA is not just a training venue but a partner in aviation training. Initially, the courses will be delivered by FAA staff but eventually local capacity to deliver the courses will be built through Train the Trainers program," said Captain Gilbert M Kibe, Director General, KCAA.
The agreement was signed on behalf of the US government by the FAA Deputy Administrator Carl Burleson and on behalf of the Kenya government by Captain Kibe.
Capt. Gilbert Kibe(KCAA Director General) with Carl Burleson, Deputy Administrator, US Federal Aviation Administration(FAA) after signing the new East African School of Aviation training agreement at the FAA HQ in Washington DC.
The signing was witnessed by Engineer Joseph Nkadayo(KCAA Board Chaiman) Captain Tom Ogenche (Director Aviation Safety Security and Regulations) and Charity Musila ( Director Air Navigation Services).
The signing which was done at the FAA headquarters in Washington DC came as national carrier-Kenya Airways launched its direct non-stop flights to the US's JFK airport.