Can women become pilots?

Off course!!!!  This is as much a female orientated industry as it is a male one.  We encourage more and more women to join the industry so as to educate and inspire all they come across.  This is one of the few industries that one is credited for their quick decision making and multi-tasking skills. Something all woman claim to have!

What job opportunities are there in aviation?

There are so many options that exist in this industry. Some of them include. Airline pilots, bush pilots, crop sprayers, instructors, dangerous goods pilots, flying doctors, transport pilots, test pilots, sports pilots.  One can even proceed to join the air force with these licenses (although one should note that they would have to change their license status from civil to military and vice versa if they choose to fly civil aviation.)                  

Cadets are required to have a medical exam performed in order to approve that they are medically fit to be pilots.  

What are the age limits?

In order to be issued with a Private Pilot Licence, one has to be at least 17 years old, 18 years old for the Commercial Pilot Licence and at least 21 for the Airline Transport Pilot Licence.

What is the minimum high school grade for admittance?

Most institutions will ask for a minimum grade of C, we here at Capital Connect Aviation Ltd like to believe that potential is not always measured by a high school grade.  We believe that as long as there is passion, good health and literacy then all are entitled to try and see if this is a good career path for them.  That is why we have introduced a 5 hour trial period where we encourage the student to assess if this is the path they want to take.

Is there a minimum height requirement?

5 feet 2 inches. That's the medical cut-off requirement.  Another way to tell is if one can reach the rudders (paddles) and see the horizon at the same time.

What physical limitations may prevent me from becoming a pilot?

Diabetes, epilepsy, blindness, deafness, bone deterioration, frequent fainting.  At the end of the day, the medical examiner will have the last word on whether or not your physical limitations can hinder career prospects in aviation.

What stages are involved in order to become an airline pilot?

> Student Pilot Licence

> Private Pilot Licence

> Commercial Pilot Licence

> Multi-Engine/Instrument Rating

> Airline Transport Pilot Licence

> Type Rating

How much do I pay once my admission is confirmed?

You will be issued with a complete breakdown of the course fees once your admission has been confirmed and further assistance will be offered.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

As an international student, when should I arrive on campus?

If you are a first time student or a Transfer student, and will be living in the city hostels, you should arrive at CAPITAL CONNECT a week before registration. The same applies to students joining CAPITAL CONNECT on first time basis. For information on beginning and closure dates for the semesters, please refer to the Academic Calendars. The information can be accessed through email and call to our offices.

What immigration documents will I need to study in Kenya?

Please refer to the international students page using the above menu for a full breakdown on what you will require.

What is it like to study in the country (on cultural expectations)?

Kenya has invested a significant amount of resources in its education system over the last few years. The academic climate is dynamic, innovative and progressive and features a large number of institutions, both public and private.

The Nairobi Climate – The average temperature in Nairobi is 21-26 degrees centigrade.
Temperatures elsewhere depend on altitude. July to August marks the Kenyan winter (It’s cold and chilly). Broadly speaking, January-February is dry. March-May is moderately wet. June-September is dry. October-December is relatively wet. Clothing – Be prepared for a tropical climate, bearing in mind Kenya has a conservative culture. Clothing can be casual during the hot seasons but you may need warm clothing for the wet and cold seasons. “NEATNESS” is the word.

Food - Kenyans are primarily meat eaters. Vegetarians may experience some difficulty in finding a variety of food. Some Indian restaurants in Nairobi generally offer a good selection of vegetarian and vegan meals. There are several also dedicated health food restaurants in the city. Check out a popular eating-out website in Nairobi.

What vaccination jabs should I get before travelling to Kenya?

There are no specific immunizations that are required for students coming from abroad. However, it‘s advisable to get typhoid and cholera shots due to prevalence of the two conditions. 

Would you recommend that I purchase health/medical insurance cover to utilize while in Kenya?

International students MUST possess valid medical insurance covers. In most cases, international medical insurance covers that students purchase at their ‘home’ countries do not apply to Kenya because most Kenyan hospitals do not have contractual agreements with issuers of those covers. By purchasing the health insurance through the Institute, the student is covered medically (both for in-patient and out-patient conditions).

A student is required to complete and submit the Health Insurance form WITHIN 14 DAYS from the beginning of each new semester. Attached to the form should be one (1) passport-size photograph. Nairobi is packed with 24hour pharmacies and one can find most kinds of medicines here, but we suggest that students on prescription drugs find out the generic names, and if possible, bring copies of any prescriptions. Students wearing contact lenses should bring at least a month’s supply of the necessary solutions, so that if they are unable to locate their regular brands in Nairobi, they will have a supply to last them until more can be sent from home.

What is the best way to handle culture shock?

Culture shock varies with each individual. Some may feel it very mildly or not at all while others may feel quite tired, irritable and withdrawn. There is, however, a somewhat predictable cycle that people living a foreign culture experience. For the first few weeks there may be a sense of euphoria because everything is so new and exciting.

This is usually followed by a period of decline where the effort of trying to understand everything seems overwhelming and one may feel fatigued, perhaps depressed or hostile toward the host country culture. As the stay progresses and one begins to better understand the common languages, customs and behavior, spirits rise and followed by a feeling of being more at home. Often, shortly before leaving home, there is once again a euphoric feeling and even a reluctance to leave.