Inadequate funding is hindering the operations of The East African Civil
Aviation Academy in Soroti.
was revealed by Lt Col Ronald Turyamubona, the Director of the Academy on
Thursday while appearing before the Parliament’s committee on physical infrastructure
to present their budget performance for the financial year 2019/2020 and half
told the committee that the school is continuing to struggle because of
under funding. He added that currently six of the Aircrafts are
grounded due to lack of maintenance.
says that sometimes the Aircrafts get grounded due to lack of a
certificate of airworthiness which is supposed to be renewed every year. According
to Turyamubona, the school has two twin engines and seven single engines.
According to Turyamubona, the grounded 9 Baron G-58 Aircraft requires between 292
million shillings and 329 million shillings for it to fly again. The aircraft was
involved in an accident in 2018.
Turyamubona says that they need 24 Billion Shillings to operate effectively, but the school currently receives 9.5 Billion Shillings
from the government.
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says funding for the school should be improved to meet the high training
Waluswaka, the Bunyole West MP says it is unfortunate that the
Aircraft are grounded, and yet Government is trying to revive the aviation
Soroti Flying School had 75 students
before the covid-19 lockdown, but currently, there
school was established 50 years ago by the East African Community. In 2019 Cabinet resolved to take back the institution after a move to return it to the
East African community stalled.