General Electric (GE), Boeing and Kenya Airways have jointly initiated capacity building in aviation training schools in the East Africa region.
GE has donated a high-tech CF6-80A2 engine it manufacturers for hands-on training by Aerospace and Aviation Engineering programme students at the Technical University of Kenya (TUK).
“The CF6 engine will enable aeronautical engineering students to experience hands-on learning with one of the most popular wide body aircraft engine in service today and increase the pool of talented aviation experts that will be needed to service the needs of the airlines in Africa and around the world,” Dr. Rajiv Bissessur, Regional Sales Director, GE Aviation Africa said.
The aircraft engine that powers Airbus A310 and Boeing 767 was donated together with aviation maintenance training books, training aids, reading materials, used aircraft parts and aircraft manuals from Kenya Airways and Boeing.
Thomas Omondi, Strategy and Performance Management Director, Kenya Airways said the company is committed to ensuring a stronger foundation of aeronautical knowledge, skills and more experience to aviation technicians and engineers as they prepare for the job market.
“This will make us the University of choice for aspiring aviation professionals in the region,” Prof. F.W.O Aduol, Vice Chancellor, TUK said adding that the donation would increase the students’ competitiveness.
The Technical University of Kenya is one of the three universities that offer Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering in sub-Saharan Africa.