To own Private choppers in Kenya, you need to fulfill certain requirements and follow a specific process. While I can provide general information, please note that regulations may change over time, so it’s important to consult with the relevant authorities and professionals for the most up-to-date and accurate information.
Here are some general guidelines for Acquiring Private choppers:
1. Pilot License:
To operate a helicopter, you’ll need a valid pilot license. You must undergo training at an approved flight school and obtain a Private Pilot License (PPL) or a Commercial Pilot License (CPL), depending on your intended use of the helicopter.
2. Aircraft Registration:
The helicopter must be registered with the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA). You’ll need to submit an application, along with relevant documentation such as proof of ownership, importation documents (if applicable), and an airworthiness certificate.
It is mandatory to have insurance coverage for your helicopter. You should obtain comprehensive aviation insurance that covers liability, hull damage, and other potential risks.
4. Maintenance and Airworthiness
The helicopter must undergo regular maintenance and inspections to ensure its airworthiness.
You’ll need to engage the services of certified maintenance organizations (CAMOs) or approved maintenance organizations (AMOs) to perform scheduled maintenance and inspections.
5. Operating Certificates:
Depending on the purpose of your helicopter operations, you may require additional operating certificates or permits.
For example, if you plan to conduct commercial operations like charter services or aerial work, you’ll need an Air Services License from the KCAA.
6. Security Clearances:
You may need to undergo security clearances and background checks conducted by relevant authorities to ensure compliance with national security regulations.
Noise and Environmental Regulations: Helicopters must comply with noise and environmental regulations. Ensure that your helicopter meets the applicable noise and emission standards.
Cost of buying and hiring a chopper
In Kenya, the most popular brand is the French-made AS Aerospatiale 350B3e Eurocopter, whose average cost is US$1.9 million (Sh 225 million). If assembled locally, its price increases to over Sh 350 million. The cost of hiring Private choppers depends on the number of hours flown.
List of Kenyans who own private choppers and their registration numbers;
1. Uhuru Kenyatta
The immediate former president owns Flex Aviation Eurocopter AS350B3e 5Y JNM 5Y NMJ.
2. Ephraim Maina
Bell 407 5Y
3. Patrick Musimba
The Kibwezi Member of Parliament is a proud owner of Bell 407 5Y, Public Service
4. William Ruto
He is the current president of Kenya and his wealth speaks volumes as seen in his private choppers;
- 5Y KDM, an Airbus H145 T2
- 5Y DSC Eurocopter 130 T2
- 5Y KDN Airbus H130
- 5Y DSN Airbus H125
- 5Y SAK Airbus H125
5. Simeon Nyachae
The late former minister owned A.S.N. Eurocopter AS350B3e 5Y.
6. Musalia Mudavadi
The prime cabinet secretary has not been left behind azn he owns Eurocopter EC 130 B4 5Y TXM.
7. SK Macharia
The business mogul and owner of Royal Media Services also owns a private jet Eurocopter AS350B3 5Y DSB 5Y SGM
8. Raila Odinga.
‘Baba’ as he is known by many in Kenya, deserves well as a ‘baba’ and so he owns a Eurocopter EC 130 B4 5Y HOD.
9. Lenny Kivuti
The former Embu governor owns a Bell 206 5Y HKK.
10. Peter Kenneth
Former Gatanga mp owns Bell 5Y PKI PKZ 407
11. Joshua Chepkwony
The politician also features with his Eurocopter AS350B3 5Y HJK.
12. Gideon Moi
The son of Kenya’s second president and immediate former Baringo senator Gideon Moi owns two choppers; Eurocopter AS350B2 5Y ZKL and Hughes 300 5Y ZKM.
13. Jimmy Wanjigi
The presidential candidate in the 2022 election owns Eurocopter EC 130 B4 5Y JWJ.
15. William Kabogo
The first governor of Kiambu county owns Eurocopter AS350B3 5Y-EXK.
Remember, It’s important to consult with the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) for detailed information and guidance on the specific requirements and processes for owning Private choppers in Kenya. They can provide you with the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding regulations, licensing, and permits.
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Please note that owning and operating a helicopter is a complex endeavor that involves significant financial commitments and responsibilities.
It’s advisable to consult with aviation professionals, such as aviation lawyers, aviation consultants, and experienced helicopter operators, to ensure compliance with all regulations and to properly manage the various aspects of Private choppers ownership.