Being a pilot is every kid’s dream job when they grow up. For one to qualify to be a pilot here in Kenya, you should be at least 16 years of age or more and Score a minimum of C+ in KCSE and C+ in Mathematics, English, Geography, and any other science.
Other Pilots qualifications include;
- A medical certificate indicating medical fitness issued by an accredited Aviation Medical examiner.
- Copies of national identification card/passport/birth certificate and academic papers.
- It is mandatory that you have to pass three internal written evaluations in English, Mathematics, and Psychometric Testing.
- You should have at least five lessons of flight assessment and a certificate of good conduct.
It is however very expensive to train a pilot here in Kenya because the course takes like 18 months to complete and it will cost you over 2.5 million shillings over that period.
Once you are admitted in a flying college, you will be required to undergo a number of different tests and training before you are employed.
Once employed as a pilot you will be able to work for the government as well as private organizations which own air crafts.
You are also advised to join a group of fellow pilots which opens more doors to different job ventures for you.
It is prudent to be up to date on new technologies and attending various conferences which keep you informed. This increases your chances of grabbing new opportunities very fast.
Pilots Salary; So how much do pilots earn in Kenya?
Well, Pilots Salary depends on whether one is a private pilot or a commercial pilot. For instance, Private pilots earn based on their negotiation skills and how much their clients are willing to pay per hour of flight.
For commercial pilots, they earn according to their rank and experience. An expatriate pilot takes home about, 716,802 Kenyan Shillings, while Local Boeing pilots on the other hand earn, 483,000 Kenyan shillings.
The lowest-earning pilot takes home a paltry 150,000 Kenyan shillings, while the highest-earning pilot pockets a cool 2.8 million shillings per month.