Captain Dennis Chumo

Position at FTC:

Flight Instructor

How long have you been flying:

7 Years

What did you want to be when you were growing up:

I’ve always had a passion for flying since I was young. My uncles influenced me through their fascinating stories about the skies.

What’s your favorite flying social media page from FB, Twitter or Instagram:

Pilot views on Instagram, they have very good photos.

What is your favorite memory from flying with an FTC student:

My favourite moment was when I was flying with a student in Nyaribo, Nyeri. He was able to learn and get his PPL in less than a month. The Mount Kenya views were always pleasant.

What advise would you give someone who has never gone through flight school and wants to become a pilot?

I would tell them to get a mentor to advise them because there are so many career paths in flying:  Bush flying, schedule flying, military flying e.t.c. Also networking with people in the aviation industry will really help them get information about flying.

What advise would you give a student going through flight training:

Main advise I would give a student is to be determined and to avoid peer pressure. They also need to be enthusiastic and self driven.  The instructor will give them as much information as they can but a good student will go the extra mile. So go the extra mile, that’s what differentiates you from the rest.

Where can a potential student get information about flying?

Google, YouTube……. There are so many flying tutorials on YouTube that can assist or give information to potential and current students, but all the information they require is on the internet. They can also get a lot of information form networking.

Why do you like working at FTC?

The management doesn’t micro manage and they give you ample space to work. You also get a lot of exposure because of the different training centers we have. Like I’ve flown in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kijipwa and Nyaribo. They also have career growth opportunities.

What is your funniest story from teaching students at FTC?

I once has a student who I was training for engine failure. When we train, we only put the engine on idle. So when we begun the simulation I put the engine power on idle and asked him what he would do. The student put back the power and pointed at me and said ” Wacha Mchezo!”

What do you think about the aviation industry in Kenya?

The aviation industry is really changing in terms of technology, we are slowly using more and more advanced technology in our flights. Its is also growing especially in Kenya, we are now doing direct flights to New York. This is a great achievement for us.

What do you like most about your instructor team at FTC?

We motivate and challenge each other but most of all we are very good friends.

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Captain Grace Wakonyo Githinji

Position at FTC:

Flight Instructor.

How long have you been flying:

8 Years.

What did you want to be when you were growing up:

I’ve always wanted to be a pilot. My class mates in high school  used to call me Captain Konyo.

 What’s your favorite flying social media page from FB, Twitter or Instagram:

I like 43rd and Select Aviation.

What is your favorite memory from flying with an FTC student:

 My best memory with a student was when i instructed the student to hold the nose to the horizon and they lifted their nose.

What advise would you give someone who has never gone through flight school and wants to become a pilot?

 For men its easy to start since there are a lot of male pilots and getting guidance is easy. My advise for the ladies would be – What a man can do, a woman can do  ten times better. So sign up and start flying.

What advise would you give a student going through flight training:

 Most students  tend to compare themselves with others as a result they end up getting discouraged. Don’t compare yourself to others since people learn and grasp things differently.

Where can a potential student get information about flying?

 Google is your best friend! You can get a lot of content from the internet. Hanging out with established pilots can also teach you a lot about flying

Why do you like working at FTC?:

 My mentor and Multi-IR examiner brought me into FTC. Seeing him work and progress at FTC made me want to work here and I’ve liked it ever since. The working conditions are also the best when an instructor wants to properly impact knowledge to the students.

What is your funniest story from teaching students at FTC?

 My funniest story is when i’m training my students for stalls, they always end up hugging me.

What do you think about the aviation industry in Kenya?

 It is over crowded with men, its time for women to wake up.

What do you think about women and aviation in Kenya?

 There is an increase in women pilots. I would encourage as many women as possible to join flying. As i said- What a man can do, a woman can do ten times better.

What do you like most about your instructor team at FTC?

I like that we are a family and we work together to nurture the students to become pilots. 

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