Kenyan varsity receives aircraft engine to bolster aviation training

Aviation students at the Technical University of Kenya (TUK) will now train using actual engine parts donated to the university by Kenya Airways and American aircraft engine manufacturer, General Electric, as part of efforts to improve aviation training within Africa, the two firms said.

The donation is intended to enable aerospace and aviation engineering programme students to access hands-on training on the high-tech CF6-80A2 aircraft engines.

The engine powers Airbus A310 and Boeing 767, according to a joint statement issued by the two firms.

The GE engine, maintenance training books, training aids, reading materials, used aircraft parts and aircraft manuals were donated by Kenya Airways, GE and Boeing as a joint initiative to enable capacity building in aviation training schools in the region.

Speaking at the handover ceremony, held at the TUK, Kenya Airways, strategy and performance management director Thomas Omondi said: “Our donation further strengthens our commitment to ensure a stronger foundation of aeronautical knowledge, skills and more experience to aviation technicians and engineers.”

TUK is one of three universities in sub-Saharan Africa that offers Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering.

GE Aviation Regional Sales Director in Africa, Rajiv Bissessur, said the growing regional aviation industry was the reason for emphasis on training skilled aviation professionals.

He said 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 to service airlines in Africa and around the world.