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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A title captain, the neat ironed uniforms that one could mistake you for a major general in the aviation industry? Or flying all over the world in an airplane as the pilot or co-pilot? A career as a pilot may range from a flight instructor, charter pilot, air taxi, military pilot, cargo pilot, astronauts(space pilots) among others.

To be a pilot the mathematics and physics competence comes in handy. A few technicalities here and there to be learned and the technical terms are a must know. Suffering from the fear of heights is out of the question, calm under pressure is more ideal here.

Piloting becoming a popular career path. Form four leavers, joining aviation schools such as ours.  Flight training takes around 18 but it all depends on how you are committed.

“IT IS A WORTHY COURSE TO TAKE UP, DESPITE A LARGE NUMBER OF FEES INVOLVED. SINCE YOU WILL ENJOY THE FRUITS LATER.”

Says one of our student at Flight Training Centre.

We have policies such as adoption of modern aircraft that are fuel friendly and new training airparks which have resulted in an increase in numbers for new aviation students and promoting us instead of studying abroad.

Piloting and related studies have become an emerging and fast-growing segment of transportation. This trend will continue along with the need for greater development and the dynamism of technology. This is part of improving Kenya and reaching the vision 2030 target.

Call us and ENROLL NOW!!

 

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What’s an aircraft without an engine? It doesn’t get you anywhere, right? Ok … it’s nice to look at, sit in, and show off, but that’s about it. The same is true for flight schools. Why go to a school if it doesn’t have a reputation for quality training and employable graduates? Choosing the right flight school is important!

AIRLINES ARE SELECTIVE
Airlines simply want the best. Would you prefer a mechanic with poor or rigorous training? Most likely, the one with the poor training graduated quicker and spent less money. But, in the end, will he have a successful career, if any at all? As an aspiring pilot, you need to lay a strong foundation upon which to build a great career.

Unfortunately, many flight schools cut corners in their training. So many students settle for the quick fix, not realizing that airlines will test them to make sure they know what they’re supposed to know and are able to perform at a high level of competence. If not, all the time and money may be wasted. Can you really become a good, quality pilot in a few months, as some schools advertise?

SUCCESSFUL GRADUATES
At FTC, we’ve successfully trained pilots since 2008. The list of airlines who’ve hired our graduates is significant. Our graduates have gone on to live their dream.
They are literally flying all over the world. Will you be one of our successful pilots, fulfilling your dream? Will you go for the flight school that will get you results?

THE NEXT STEP
The first step is to receive all the information on how to become a pilot. Just click this link and let us know: https://www.flighttrainingcentre.co.ke/contact-us/

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So you’ve been thinking about flying. The first step in this exciting journey is getting your pilot license. Here’s some information to help you get started.

First off, what is a pilot’s license?

A pilot’s license, or a private pilot certificate, is one of the first steps in being certified to fly an aircraft. It’s for personal use only (not for pay), and it requires a minimum of 40 hours of flight training.

Where can I fly, and under what conditions?

Pilots with a private pilot license can fly in visual conditions and can fly any distance.

How many passengers can I transport?

There are no restrictions on how many people you can fly in a single flight with a private pilot’s license. You’ll just have to make sure that the aircraft you’re flying can accommodate the number of passengers, and be able to calculate the weight balance of the aircraft.

What will I learn?

To earn a pilot license, you’ll need to learn the basic principles of flight, fundamental flight maneuvers, preflight/ takeoff/landing procedures, weight and balance calculations, and other essential aviation skills.

Where can I earn my pilot’s license?

The Flight Training Centre (FTC) is a great local flight school at Wilson Airport. You can earn your private pilot certificate (PPL) with professional, career-minded flight instructors.

If this sounds like the thrill you’re looking for, schedule your introductory flight training session with us today.

 

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Picking flight school isn’t a difficult task, but it’s a decision worth making it in the right way. If you’re lucky enough to live in a location where there are flight schools and have a variety of training options, picking the right one can be confusing.

There are a few different things to consider when picking a flight school: The affordability of the school, Location, Reputation of the school, reviews and talking to other pilots, Instructor experience, Lesson plans offered.

If you’re ready to begin flight training but aren’t sure where to go, here are a few things to think about:

The affordability of the school

Flight training is not cheap. Hence, there is a need to save to cater for the cost as a flight student. You should compare the fee structures of different schools. At Flight Training Centre, we offer the best rates to train as a pilot. We recommend for students to consider the following as they access the schools’ affordability.

  • Flying hours fees
  • Ground school fees
  • License fees
  • Registration fee
  • Kits fee
  • Plane charges

Location

One should be willing to attend a flight school if its location is convenient for him or her. For us, we are suitably located at Wilson Airport which is convenient for all of us.

Reputation of the school Reviews and talking to other pilots

You should get an idea of the school’s accreditation, programs, facilities, safety record and anything else that you feel is important in an aviation school search. Check online for reviews on google and if possible talk to other pilots and get their opinions.

To get more information Get in touch with us

Instructor experience

One should pick a school with experienced instructors like we do.  Make sure your choice instructors have enough credentials.

You’ll really want to find someone who communicates well and makes you feel comfortable.

Lesson plans offered

Establish your objectives for learning how to fly. Decide whether you want to make a career out of flying or if you just want to fly for pleasure.

We offer the following courses:

  • Ground Flight School – Private Pilot Licence (PPL) & Commercial.
  • Pilot Licence.
  • Instrument rating.
  • Multi-Engine Training.
  • Type Rating.
  • Foreign License Conversion.
  • Airline Transport Pilots Licence.
  • Simulator Training.
  • Instructor course

What flight school you ultimately choose depends on the quality flight training you desire in a method convenient to you. Only you can select the one that matches your personality.

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A private pilot student will learn a variety of things during flight training. Their ground study will include topics like aviation regulations, aircraft systems, weather, flight planning, and aircraft performance. But what exactly do student pilots practice while they’re in the air? Here are six of the various types of maneuvers that private pilot applicants learn and master before moving on to more advanced ratings:

Best Flying School In Kenya!

TAKEOFFS AND LANDINGS

Takeoffs are easy, but did you know that there is more than one type of takeoff that pilots learn? In addition to a normal takeoff, student pilots learn how to perform crosswind takeoffs, soft field takeoffs, and short field takeoffs. The same goes for landings: Pilots must learn how to land on soft, grass fields and on short runways. This type of training is helpful in emergency off-field landings, but also provides the training necessary to fly into and out of various types of airfields.

GROUND REFERENCE MANEUVERS

Ground reference maneuvers include turns around a point, rectangular course, and S-turns. These maneuvers are performed in order to train the pilot to compensate for the effects of wind during flight. The aircraft’s ground speed gets faster with a tailwind, for example, which will require a change in bank angle and often power settings in order to maintain the desired flight path.

PERFORMANCE MANEUVERS

Pilot practice performance maneuvers like steep turns – a 360-degree turn at a steep bank angle – to get a feel for the capabilities of the airplane and the handling characteristics of the aircraft in high-performance flight. Practicing pitch and bank control while holding a precise altitude and airspeed in a steep turn at a high power setting can be a difficult task, but it’s one that pilots usually have fun with.

STALLS AND STALL RECOVERY

An airplane stall, as many of you may know, is not an engine stall but a wing stall. A stall occurs when the critical angle of attack on the wing is exceeded and the airflow over the wing is disrupted; basically when an airplane isn’t producing enough lift and just can’t fly anymore. Stalls are dangerous at low altitudes, such as during takeoff and landing, and without learning proper recovery procedures, can develop into a spin. Pilots practice stalls and stall recovery procedures at high altitudes so that they know how to recover properly if they do happen to inadvertently stall the aircraft during flight.

EMERGENCIES

Emergencies are rare, but they do occur, and a good pilot is prepared with an emergency checklist for numerous emergency situations. Most commonly, pilots practice performing emergency landings by simulating an engine failure. With the aircraft power at idle, the student pilot will glide to an emergency landing spot while troubleshooting and performing emergency checklists, making radio calls, and setting up for a landing in a field. (During a simulated emergency landing, the pilot will not usually land the aircraft, but will simulate the maneuver to demonstrate that the landing could be made successfully before adding power to climb to a safe altitude again.) Other emergencies that pilots prepare for include engine fire, cabin fire, electrical malfunctions, and various other system failures.

FLIGHT PLANNING AND NAVIGATION

Finally, a pilot must learn to plan a cross-country flight using knowledge of weather conditions, routes, alternate airports, and regulations. The flight planning process in detailed and requires plotting on a chart, calculating airspeed and magnetic heading, and taking into account fuel usage and flight time and navigation techniques. These days, flight planning is simplified with the use of GPS, iPads and other tablets, but pilots must still know how to navigate in case of a GPS failure.

 

There’s a lot to learn in flight training. These are just a few of the basic required maneuvers that a student pilot practices during private pilot training. Mastering these maneuvers is essential to earning a private pilot certificate and moving on to advanced pilot ratings.

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Top paying jobs in Kenya among them is that of a pilot. A study by International Air Transport Association (IATA) showed that the aviation industry in Kenya supports about 620000 jobs.

Generally, Pilots are some of the best-paid professionals not only in Kenya but the world over. Moreover, the high cost of training happens to be the only check that has stopped this career line from getting flooded.

A Wall Street Journal in March 2013 reported that it takes Kenya Airways about Ksh 8.5 million to train a pilot. The same source alleges that a captain makes up to Ksh 1.1 million a month.

If this is the case the question is who will employ the pilots?

If you want to be a pilot then don’t worry, there are many potential employers in the industry.

They include:

  1. Airlines in Kenya (Local and International) for example, Kenya Airways, Jambo Jet, African Express Airways, Fly-SAX, Safarilink Aviation among others.
  2. The Kenya military/ Air Force and the Police Service
  3. Top Companies with commercial aircrafts
  4. Private citizens who own aircrafts
  5. The government of Kenya
  6. Flying schools as a tutor or mentor.

Currently, there is a global pilot shortage hence the need to leverage on this great opportunity in order to fill the gap and at the same time benefit from the vacancies available.

Register and Learn with us today to Soar Like Eagle

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When people think about a career in aviation, the first thought is often of a pilot but there are many other career opportunities one can pursue in this field:
Aircraft Manufacturing
Working in aircraft manufacturing can be an exciting trade to pursue. A person can work as a manufacturing engineer, an electrical installer & technician, and so much more in working in the creation of manufacturing aircraft. Several careers in this field do require some educational background like an engineering degree.
Aircraft and Systems Maintenance
Maintenance of an aircraft is an important position for an individual to have. Everything from aircraft maintenance engineering to aviation maintenance technician and everything in between falls into this area of aviation. You must have completed your secondary education to begin your career in aircraft and system maintenance. There is a current concern of an upcoming aviation mechanic shortage.

 

Airline and Airport Operations
Want to work as a flight dispatcher? How about working as an air traffic controller which is also facing a shortage? Being an ATC is a challenging job and takes a certain type of person. Is that you? There is also an Airport Director and other operational positions that fall under this area of aviation. These require a college degree plus Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) training. Think of the exciting adventures that await you in these fields of airport operation!
Pilot Careers
Of course, the most known career in aviation is working as a pilot. As with aviation mechanics and air traffic controllers, there is concern over a shortage of future pilots. There are many types of pilot jobs an individual can pursue. Did you know a person can learn to fly with a minimum grade of C+ or above with C+ in Mathematics, English and any Science Subject and recently you must pass Geography and even a Degree or a Masters? Educational requirements vary. A person can work for a regional airline, a major/national airline, a test pilot, air freight/cargo pilot, helicopter pilot, UAV/UAS (drone systems), and so much more!
Want to get started and need help?
Going to school can be expensive and it can be difficult to find the funding to pay for your aviation education. When researching schools, it can be just as important to research ways to fund your education, including looking at grants and scholarships.
There are so many career options available and offered in aviation. Find what you want to do in aviation and go after it!
Soar like eagle!

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