11 young Rwandans graduate as helicopter pilots


(Posted 22nd August 2014)

11 Rwandans have graduated from their course to fly helicopters earlier this week after completing their certification from the Akagera Aviation Flying School which is based at the international airport in Kigali. Launched in 2004 can the airline now look back at 10 years of operations with helicopters with various makes, among them the Robinson R44, the Agusta 109 and the MIL MI1. Services also include pilot training after the Rwandan Civil Aviation Authority had granted the airline a training license, the only such specialized academy in Rwanda. In addition does Akagera hold a RCAA license as MRO to maintain helicopters.

(Some of the graduates including a lady pilot)

Among the graduates were pilot students sponsored by the Rwanda Police and the Rwandan armed forces though privately sponsored aspirants can equally acquire pilot wings with in average of 55 hours of actual flying training and at least 5 weeks in the classroom. Happy landings to the 11 who will now embark on a professional career as helicopter pilots.

For more information about the range of services by the airline click on www.akageraaviation.com and for details about Destination Rwanda click on www.rwandatourism.com

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