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According to CAA, Uganda Aviation School applied for an Aviation Training Organization ATO specifically focusing on cabin crew training with a view of expanding later to flight training subject to fulfillment of the regulations.
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Uganda Aviation School has never applied for an Air Operator Certificate-AOC to run aircrafts in Uganda, according to Civil Aviation Authority-CAA. This comes a day after Captain Mike Mukula, the proprietor of Uganda Aviation School took to his twitter handle accusing CAA of failing to grant his school an Air Operator Certificate.

“I have finally taken a decision to relocate all our aircrafts to KENYA having been frustrated by @UgandaCAA to obtain an AOC #Kenya issued it in one week >> this equipment has been on the ground for over 3 years *fully maintained and paying parking fees #systems failure,” reads Mukula's post on twitter.

However, a statement from CAA claims that Uganda Aviation School didn't apply for the certificate. CAA explains that all air operators are required to apply for Air Operator Certificates before they are allowed to operate in Uganda. 

"When AOC applications are received, they are reviewed and only those which comply with stipulated regulations are granted. Uganda Aviation School applied and was granted an Air Services License (ASL) for Aviation Training not for an AOC. A copy of this is available,” reads the statement. Adding that, “An AOC is the one granted to air operators seeking to conduct commercial operations as opposed to training." 

According to CAA, Uganda Aviation School applied for an Aviation Training Organization (ATO) specifically focusing on cabin crew training with a view of expanding later to flight training subject to fulfillment of the regulations.

"Unfortunately, the school couldn't fully satisfy the cabin crew (ATO) requirements because cabin crew training is air operator based (practical not just theoretical). The ATO application did not have an appropriate aircraft for cabin crew practical demonstration,” reads the statement.