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Training the Pilots of the Kenya Wildlife Service

Flying well isn’t easy, but it can be made a lot easier if you have had proper training for the task at hand.  We got that lesson on a recent trip to Kenya to train the pilots of the Kenya Wildlife Service.  These pilots are charged with helping to protect Kenya’s number one asset and source of income, their wildlife.  We were there, along with Patty Wagstaff and Rich Sugden, as part of a Lindbergh Foundation project in behalf of our environment.  Patty and Rich were doing the flight instruction and we were providing the ground instruction.  All the pilots agreed that the instruction they received from the four of us made their job easier.  Why so?  These pilots are flying low-altitude ground reference maneuvers in Huskies and Super Cubs for a living, and under the Kenyan system they had never had any formal training in them.  Our joint instruction provided them the insight and skills to make their work a lot easier—and safer.

Providing ground instruction to Kenya Wildlife Service pilots
Providing ground instruction to Kenya Wildlife Service pilots
Martha takes a break to feed an orphan elephant
Martha takes a break to feed an orphan elephant

Many of the concepts and ground reference and performance maneuvers the Kenya Wildlife Service pilots found helpful are required for the U.S. Commercial Pilot Certificate.  Many pilots have wondered why our Commercial Pilot Certificate requires them.  Our work with the Kenya pilots made it clear.  The knowledge and the skills learned from the maneuvers help you smoothly and safely put the airplane where you need to.  You gain finesse, and become the obvious master of the airplane.

If you don’t yet have your Commercial Pilot Certificate you might consider getting one.  It will actually make your flying easier and a lot smoother.  And besides, it’s a lot of fun!  But most important of all—your passengers will appreciate it.

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  1. collins Kiipkorir maritim

    i finished my kcse in 2015 and got a B plus and i really wish to be a kws pilot can u secure me a chance?

  2. Wolfgang Rempen

    I have first learned flying in Liberia/W-Africa in 1982 where I lived until 1984. In summer of 1984 I flew my Cessna 175 across the Sahara to Zurich/Switzerland where I lived and flew until 1987. Since then this Cessna has been with me in New Mexico, from where I have been flying her to Mexico a few times and every so often to my mountain ranch. I hold a Commercial single-engine license since 1985. I now have over 1,000 hours of flight time as Pilot in Command.

    Please allow me to join the air corps at KWS! I would love to fly or train as a KWI pilot.

    Best regards,
    Wolfgang Rempen

  3. Capt. Denis Murphy

    I attended your presentation at Sun-n-Fun this April. I was fascinated by your work with the Kenya pilots. So much, that I would like to be part of your team for this upcoming training seminar this year.

    Happy Landings,
    Denis Murphy (PS: I gave you a copy of my book last year at Oshkosh)

  4. Lou Churchville

    I really enjoyed the film at Sun N Fun. Hopw we can participate in the next trip in a more substantive way. Thank you so much for your service to our industry and for supporting the Kenya initiative.

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