The graduates are Joseph Abakunda, Ivan Irankunda, James Kagwisage, Aaron Kamugisha, Yahya Kanyamaza, Richard Kayumba, Faustin Mugeni Jean Bosco, Mushambo Habimana, Winston Ngoga, Alexander Ruramba and Robert Shema.
Awarding certificates to graduates on Thursday, State Minister in charge of Transport at the Ministry of Infrastructure, Jean de Dieu Uwihanganye said that graduating 11 pilots is a good step towards addressing the country’s need for pilots.
“Aviation is among major sectors in which different activities are performed. It is in this regard that we wish to see Rwandans do this job. We don’t have many people in the sector and graduating these 11 is an advantage as we continue to increase the number,” he said.
He said the country is set to launch another school under Akagera Aviation that will train pilots for big aircrafts, contrary to the current training in flying helicopters.
“We will start training others next year, starting from pilots and aircraft technicians that will work for our national career, RwandAir. Registration for the programme has already begun,” said Uwihanganye.
The Managing Director of Akagera Aviation School, Patrick Nkurikiyimfura said the graduates are capable enough to pilot helicopters.
“We are glad to say that we have now trained people capable of piloting helicopters. We are striving for the next phases to offer training in flying big aircrafts like those of RwandAir,” he said.
Akagera Aviation started offering aviation courses in 2004 and has so far graduated 50 pilots.