By Stevie Chauluka:
African Flight Training Academy (AFTA) has opened a centre in Malawi for training pilots interested in obtaining Private Pilot’s Licences.
The firm has been licensed as a flight training organisation for private pilots in Malawi by the Department of Civil Aviation in the country.
AFTA Co-founder, Bryan Mundy, said Malawi was one of ideal countries for training pilots.
“The weather is very good compared to other countries. We also have a good number of airfields like in Satemwa, Majete, Salima, and Lilongwe, among other places.
“We have been working with the Department of Civil Aviation for this licence for the past one year. Through coordination and proper guidance here, we are launching this academy, having acquired a licence which is giving us a chance to operate and train people,” Mundy said.Advertisement
The Academy has three aircrafts so far that are operating from the Ramp Hangar at the Chileka Airport.
Chief Flight Operations Officer in the Department of Civil Aviation, Hastings Jailosi, said the country’s aviation sector has been lagging behind in the past 20 years.
“Previously, we had a good number of flight operators coming in the country. However, with the rising cost of fuel for their planes, among other factors, they moved to other countries.
“Still, we are doing a lot to enable the sector to bounce back. The coming in of this academy is a positive sign that we could be on the right track,” Jailosi said.
Meanwhile, the academy has eight students, three of whom are already able to take solo flights within the country.