East African Civil Aviation Academy - EACAA (Soroti) MYCOBA

INFO PUBLISHER

Mr. Lt Col Ronald Turyamubona
POSITION:
Director

CAREERS / JOBS

Published: Friday, March 02, 2018

The East African Civil Aviation Academy (EACAA) - Soroti, located in Soroti Municipality, was established by a treaty of cooperation of the first East African Community (EAC) in 1971 to train pilots and Aircraft Maintenance Engineers mainly for the then East African Airways, an airline once jointly owned by three partner States. The Academy was supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).The support included the appraising training programmes, providing Instructor and training equipment and linking the Academy to other Civil Aviation Institutions outside East Africa.

At the time, Ugandan government upgraded the Soroti Airfield from grass surface to asphalt, EAC financed the construction of the school buildings, staff housing and navigations facilities. In addition, the EAC providing the administration staff and some technical personnel like counterpart instructors, air Traffic controllers and meteorologists, while the then East African Airways provided the bulk of counterpart flying and Engineering Instructors on secondment. UNDP/ICAO on the other hand provided technical Assistance in three programmes running from 1971-1985, in which these UN agencies supplied all training equipment (Aircraft, Engineering workshop equipment, training aids, project vehicles etc.)

It also provided the expatriate instructional staff as well as training for counterpart technical staff. Thereafter, UNDP/ICAO assessed the existing Civil Aviation needs and subsequent future demands within East Africa (Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania) in terms of infrastructure and Human resources.

To address these needs, especially the Human Resource deficiencies and future demand, UNDP/ICAO established three (3) Aviation Training Institutions in Each of the East African Community (Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania) partner states as follows;

In Kenya, the East African School of Aviation (EASA) in Nairobi was established to train Radio Maintenance Technicians (ARMT) for Maintenance of radio communication equipment and aids to navigation.

In Tanzania, the Civil Aviation Training Center (CATC) Dar-es-Salaam was established to train Air Traffic control officers (ATCO), Aeronautical Radio Communication Officers (ARCO) and Aeronautical Information Services Officers (AISO). And as elaborated above, East African Civil Aviation Academy (EACAA)-Soroti was to train pilots and Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (AME) and has trained over 700 pilots and Aircraft Maintenance Engineers to-date.

Changes after the Collapse of the East African Community in 1977

With the collapse of the East African Community in 1977 and the withdrawal of the funding that used to come from the then three partner States (Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania), the Academy was then taken over by the government of Uganda and placed under the Ministry of Works and Transport, which has continued to fund its operation to-date.

Kenya has since nationalized the East African School of Aviation (EASA) in Nairobi, turned it into a national Institution and accorded it a semi-autonomous status.
Tanzania also nationalized the Civil Aviation Training Center (CATC), Dar-es Salaam, into a national Institution and accorded it a semi-autonomous status.