This article focuses on the requirements to get a Private Pilot License in Kenya. Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCCA) is the body that is mandated to regulate and oversee aviation safety, provision of air navigation services and training of aviation personnel.
Among the licenses that KCCA issues is the Private Pilot License which allows one to fly an airplane and carry passengers but not for paid compensation or hire.
Requirements to Get a Private Pilot License in Kenya
An applicant shall;
1. Be about 17 years of age for a license other than the operation of glider or balloon.
2. Be at least 16 years of age for a license in a glider or balloons.
3. Be in possession of a valid class 2 medical certificate.
4. Receive an endorsement for the knowledge test in the student pilot’s logbook from an authorised instructor who;
- Conducted the training on the required aeronautical knowledge area that applies to the aircraft category sought.
- Certified that the person is prepared for the required knowledge test.
5. Pass the required PPL knowledge test.
6. Meet the aeronautical experience that applies to the aircraft category and class rating sought before applying for the practical test. The requirements are well elaborated on the PPL application form available on KCCA’s website https://www.kcaa.or.ke/personnel-licencing/licencing/private-pilot-licence.
7. Receive flight training and a logbook endorsement from an authorised instructor who;
- Conducted training in the required areas of operation for the rating being sought.
- Certified that the person is prepared for the required practical test.
8. Pass a practical test- PPL (GFT) done by an authorised examiner.
9. Pass the English language proficiency exam with either of the following;
- Operational level 4, valid for 3 years.
- Extended level 5 valid for 6 years.
- Expert level 6 valid for life.
- A fully completed PPL application form.
- A valid medical certificate class 2.
- Submit 4 photographs- full face (2cm by 2.5 cm).
- Present a photo identity card, passport or birth certificate.
- Certified copies of the last 2 pages of the pilot logbook.
- Payment of the prescribed fees- Kshs 2,000 for those below 40 years and Kshs 1,000 for those above 40 years.
Kenya Civil Aviation Authority Contacts
Location: Aviation House, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi.
Contacts: 020 682 7470/ 0728 606 570.