Kenya Airways sets up a hub for training drone pilots
Kenya Airways has unveiled the country’s first drone cage, which will be used to educate Unmanned Aerial Vehicle pilots.
The airline will utilize the facility for training and testing of drones and drone equipment via its subsidiary, Fahari Aviation.
Fahari Aviation said that it is positioned itself to be at the forefront of studying sophisticated future aviation technology while also advocating the safe and secure use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in Kenya.
Fahari Aviation is entrusted with developing and implementing future aviation technologies as part of the airline’s plan to contribute to Africa’s long-term growth by advocating new dimensions within the sector via the usage of drones and unmanned aircraft.
Fahari Aviation has also developed the Fahari Drone Club, a community for UAS enthusiasts that offers members a platform to network and exchange best practices, to give resources for learning and practicing methods and skills essential for safe drone operations.
“Enabling an environment that will accelerate innovation, knowledge exchange, and expedite the use of unmanned aircraft within the country and beyond is critical in exploring the drone phenomenon as we seek innovative solutions to some of our societal problems and pain points,” said Hawkins Musili, General Manager of Fahari Aviation.
Mr. Musili said that the drone cage would offer a safe setting for practice and training, while the drone club will serve as a forum for drone enthusiasts to help expand the UAS business in Kenya and the region.
KQ director Michael Gichangi said that the company has shown to be a pioneer in aviation innovation throughout the years, leading to the construction of Fahari Aviation and the first drone containment facility in Nairobi.
“The future of aviation is focused on discovering chances for innovation and diversification in order to construct a robust company that is devoted to Africa’s long-term development,” Mr Gichangi added.
He said that they aim to see more creativity, research, and development of UAS technology in communities via collaborative effort among partners, corporations, colleges, industries, and people through the drone cage.
KQ’s foray into drones is part of the company’s effort to diversify its operations and minimize its dependence on passenger transport. The airline has historically relied on passengers as its primary source of income.
Passengers now make for more than 85 percent of the airline’s income, with cargo contributing for around 10 percent.