Flying, and generally, a career in aviation can be quite rewarding. For the lot that has taken an interest in one of the multitudes of careers within the aviation field, most especially being a pilot, at one point you have wondered what requirements you should meet before pursuing such a career. Let us see How to Obtain a Commercial Pilot License in Kenya
We attempt to detail the requirements required for one to gain a pilot license in Kenya, starting from the Student Pilot License (SPL) to the Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL). We will also touch on other licenses; dispatch, air traffic control, flight engineers, aircraft maintenance, cabin crew, and their requirements. Commercial Pilot License in Kenya
This form can be obtained by visiting the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority Branch Offices or by downloading it from their KCAA Website.
After filling the application documents required to submit them to the KCAA office or you can forwarded them to the:- Director General, Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, P. O. Box 30163-00100, Nairobi, Kenya,
You are to submit the application documents with all the required documents. These documents include:- (i). Aeronautical Experience Form showing the breakdown of the required flight hours. (ii). Summary of flying experience form (iii). Application form for English Language Proficiency endorsement (iv). Application form for Flight Radio Telephony Operator’s License (v). A valid Medical Certificate – Class 1 (vi). Four passport size photographs – full face (2cm by 2.5cm); (vii). A photo Identification Card or Passport and a copy of the same (viii). Certified copies of the last 2 pages of the personal logbook.
You are also to proceed to pay the prescribed application fees and submit the payment receipt to together with the application documents.
An application fee of KSh. 4,500 is charged for the process.
A processing time of 7 days is needed to complete the processing of the Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL), after which you will be contacted through a phone call to collect your new license at the KCAA offices.
You will be required to carry your identification documents when collecting your new license.
Four passport size photographs – full face (2cm by 2.5cm);
A photo Identification Card or Passport, or Birth Certificate and a copy of the same
Certified copies of the last 2 pages of the personal logbook. These pages show the latest flying experience certified by the pilot’s supervisor, who will certify the relevant logbook entries by endorsing his signature and license number.
Payment receipt of the prescribed fees (Kshs. 4500)
Be in possession of a Class 1 Medical Certificate.
Hold a Kenyan Private Pilot License or meet the requirements for application for military licenses; or conversion of foreign licenses and
Receive a logbook endorsement from an authorized instructor who: – (i). Conducted the required ground training on the required aeronautical knowledge areas, that apply to the aircraft category and class rating sought; and (ii). Certified that the person is prepared for the required knowledge test that applies to the aircraft category and class rating sought.
Pass the required knowledge test on the following aeronautical knowledge areas;
Meet the required aeronautical experience. These required flight hours are supposed not to be less than 200 hours of flight time, or 150 hours if completed during an integrated course of approved training provided for in an Approved Training Organisation under the Civil Aviation (Approved Training Organisation) Regulations, 2013 as a pilot of aeroplanes, of which 10 hours may have been completed in a synthetic flight trainer
Receive the required training and a logbook endorsement from an authorized instructor who: (i). Conducted the training on the areas of operation that apply to the aircraft category and class rating sought; and (ii). Certified that the person is prepared for the required practical test.
Pass the required practical test on the areas of operation that apply to the aircraft category and class rating sought;
Pass the English Language Proficiency exam and attain either of (i). Operational Level (Level 4); Valid for 3 years (ii). Extended Level (Level 5); Valid for 6 years (iii). Expert Level (Level 6); Valid for Life
A fee of Ksh 4,500 is charged for this application
A Commercial Pilot Licence with an aeroplane or rotorcraft (helicopter) category rating shall be valid—
for a holder who is less than forty years of age, from the date the licence is issued or renewed by the Authority, for a period of the remainder of the twelve month validity of the holder’s Medical Certificate; or
for a holder who is forty years of age or more, from the date the licence is issued or renewed by the Authority for a period of the remainder of the six months validity of the holder’s Medical Certificate.
A report of medical fitness for the Commercial Pilot Licence is valid for 12 months for pilots under 40 years and 6 months for pilots above 40 years.
Submit Class 1 Medical Certificate together with all the required documents to the KAA offices.
Pay the applicable fees and submit the payment receipt.
Wait for the processing period to elapse then collect your CPL license.
Postal and physical address
Date and place of birth
Name of Aviation Training Organisation where you got instructed
Particulars of licences already held (Place and Date of Issue , Type of Licence, Number and Expiry Date )
Category, Class and/or Aircraft Type (if required) for which the Licence is required.
Instrument Rating held and state date of last test.
Total Instrument Flying Hours
Hours Flown (Totals to Date , Totals since renewal, Totals last 6 months)
Whether yet examined for and obtained a medical certificate in accordance with the Civil Aviation Regulations
Whether you are able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language in accordance with the English language proficiency requirements of the Civil Aviation Regulations.
Whether you have met all the requirements for the issuance of this licence
Signature of Applicant
Date of Application
Need for the Document
Commercial pilots train as private pilots, which allows them to learn the basics of flying before progressing into more complicated planes and situations.
Having a Commercial Pilot License (CPL) allows flying for a compensation or a hire, so it is the choice, if you wish to pursue flying as a career.
Information which might help
Present a photo Identification Card or a Passport as a form of identification, details of which should be the same as the personal information provided on the prescribed application form; and if the applicant’s identity cannot be verified, the application will be rejected, and the applicant will have to return with the proper identification.
Other uses of the Document/Certificate
This license is one of the requirements needed when applying for Airline Transport Licence.
Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) was established on 24th October 2002 by the Civil Aviation (Amendment) Act, 2002 with the primary functions towards;
Regulation and oversight of Aviation Safety & Security;
Economic regulation of Air Services and development of Civil Aviation;
Provision of Air Navigation Services, and Training of Aviation personnel KCAA;
as guided by the provisions of the convention on international civil aviation, related ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs), the Kenya Civil Aviation Act, 2013 and the civil aviation regulations.
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