Kenya Airways has unveiled the country’s first drone cage, which will be used to train Unmanned Aerial Vehicle pilots.
The airline will use the facility for training and testing of drones and drone equipment through its subsidiary, Fahari Aviation.
Fahari Aviation stated that it is positioned itself to be at the forefront of studying sophisticated future aviation technology while also advocating safe and secure use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in Kenya.
Fahari Aviation is entrusted with developing and implementing future aviation technologies as part of the airline’s plan to contribute to Africa’s long-term growth by advocating new dimensions within the sector through the usage of drones and unmanned aircraft.
Fahari Aviation has also developed the Fahari Drone Club, a community for UAS enthusiasts that offers members a platform to network and exchange best practices, to give resources for learning and practicing techniques and skills essential for safe drone operations.
“Enabling an environment that will accelerate innovation, knowledge exchange and fast track the use of unmanned aircraft within the country and beyond is critical in exploring the drone phenomenon as we seek to innovatively find solutions that address some of our societal problems and pain points,” said Hawkins Musili, General Manager of Fahari Aviation.
Mr Musili stated that the drone cage will provide a safe setting for practice and training, while the drone club will serve as a forum for drone enthusiasts to help expand the UAS business in Kenya and the region.
KQ director Michael Gichangi noted that the company has shown to be a leader in aviation innovation throughout the years, leading to the construction of Fahari Aviation and the first drone containment facility in Nairobi.
“The future of aviation is based on identifying opportunities for innovation and diversification to build a resilient business that is committed to the sustainable development of Africa,” said Mr Gichangi.
He added that they aim to see increased creativity, research, and development of UAS technology in communities through collaborative effort among partners, corporations, colleges, industries, and individuals through the drone cage.
KQ’s foray into drones is part of the company’s effort to diversify its operations and minimize its reliance on passenger transport.