Soroti Flying School Certificate of Airworthiness Expires Top story

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Information obtained by URN from the East African Civil Aviation Academy shows that the Certificate of Airworthiness expired on October 28, 2013. A certificate of airworthiness is renewable after every 12 months.

Students of the East African Civil Aviation Academy are going without flight practice following the expiry of the Airworthiness certificate. An instructor who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity for fear of being reprimanded by his superiors says the Airworthiness certificate expired last month adding that, the interim certificate they have doesn't meet the International Civil Aviation Certification.
 
Information obtained by URN from the East African Civil Aviation Academy shows that the Certificate of Airworthiness expired on October 28, 2013. A certificate of airworthiness is renewable after every 12 months. In 2010, government procured six new Cessna 172 aircrafts for Soroti Flying School bringing the number of aircrafts at the school to eight. All the aircrafts are currently grounded. The airworthiness certificate is guided by a maintenance program for the aircrafts.

However, the school is constrained to repair the grounded aircrafts because of lack of funds. The aircraft maintenance includes checking their skins for cracks and loose rivets, jam nut, stop bolt cracks and flight controls amongst others. Another official at the school also claims that most of the instructors have had their certificates cancelled due to old age. The source also says that, the engineers licenses have also expired and they are supposed to renew it.

Ronald Lodiong, the Acting Director East African Civil Aviation Academy has declined to comment on the developments. The East African Civil Aviation Academy, which is listed as one of the East African Community-EAC institutions which was established in 1971 in Soroti Municipality to train pilots and aircraft engineers. There are currently 108 trainee pilots at the academy. 

 

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Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.

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