Kenya receives aircraft worth 3.4M
10 January 2013, 17:52
Tropic Air Chief Engineer Jimmy Roberts has donated an aircraft worth $40 000 (KES 3.4 Million) to the Eldoret Aviation Training Institute.
The chief engineer gave out the Tropic Air aeroplane to the institution’s Principal at the Nanyuki Airstrip saying that it will be dismantled and ferried to the institution through a trailer.
Jimmy revealed that he opted to give out the mega aircraft to the students so that Kenya can get more qualified engineers who will withstand the current competition in the aviation industry.
“Currently, the whole world is experiencing stiff competition in the aviation industry as it is so difficult to run an airline. That is why I have volunteered to give out one of my crafts to the institute so that they can get empowered and emerge professionals,” Jimmy says.
He further stated that the aviation industry is growing rapidly and that there is a demand for engineers worldwide.
Jimmy pointed out that Kenya has few licensed engineers because it has become so hard for the practitioners to acquire them.
He quoted four licensed engineers in his firm saying many others are yet to acquire their licenses.
The Tropic Air Engineer further noted that Kenya has experienced rapid growth of airports in the past few years which has immensely boosted growth of business, tourism and agriculture.
“Previously, we only had one international airport but currently the country has been opened to whole world due to many international airports”, he said.
According to Eldoret Aviation Training Institute principal James Tarus, the institution has over the years taken more than 200 students to Nanyuki Tropic Air offices for industrial attachments and they have emerged top engineers not only in Kenya but also abroad.
“Most of our graduates who passed through Jimmy for attachment are overseas, pursuing their profession in top firms. He has given us wings to fly and we will continue making him proud,” says Tarus.
The principal added that the aircraft will help his students in their practicals and equip them with more skills.
He noted that procuring such a machine has been difficult for the institution.
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