Integrated course success for Kenya's magnificent seven
Seven Kenya Airways cadets have graduated from the first integrated professional pilot course delivered to the Nairobi-based airline by South Africa's Progress Flight Academy.
Pictured: The seven new Kenya Airways students on arrival at Progress Flight Academy, together with Capt Joseph Opere, Head of Flight Operations Training, Kenya Airways. Walid Abubakar, Shem Mang'ula, Captain Joseph Opere, Runcie Mwaro, Samuel Maina, Vivian Okoth, Edwin Kiratu, Alfred Muchiri
The seven achieved their type rating on the Embraer Regional Jet 170/190 aircraft at the Flight Safety International Academy in Amsterdam following completion of the course Progress Flight Academy.
The integrated course is a premium course that achieves the superior operational capability necessary for the very steep learning curve in the transition from a multi-engine piston aeroplane to a medium jet airliner.
All seven cadets have completed the operational training and been appointed as first officers.
Concurrent with this achievement, the first Kenya Airways graduates from a Progress ‘class of 2006’ are training for command on the Embraer Regional Jet 190. Captain Chrispine Onyango is the first to qualify, and three other first officers from the same course are in training.
PICTURED: Capt Chrispine Onyango and FO Iyadi Omurembe in a Kenya Airways ERJ 190