Soroti Airport is the training base for the Soroti Flying School, which provides training through instrument and multiengine ratings. Training aircraft are available up to a Cessna 310. The flying school has dormitories, food service, and classrooms. Telephone service is provided by Uganda Telecom Limited while the Civil Aviation Authority provides H.F Radio communication. The airfield is 2km northeast of Soroti town.
The revived East African community has since developed the academy as a centre of excellence in aviation training for the region whose awards are recognised by education regulations all over the world.
EACAA was established in September 1971 as the East Africa Civil Aviation Flying School of excellence under the Directorate of Civil Aviation (DCA) of the East African Community (EAC), with Government of Uganda, EAC and the United Nations Development Programme and the International Civil Aviation Organization UNDP/ICAO as the main contributors.
While GoU upgraded the Soroti Airfield runway from grass surface to asphalt, EAC financed the construction of the school buildings, staff housing and navigation facilities as well as providing the administration staff and some technical personnel like counterpart instructors, Air traffic controllers and Meteorologists.
Further, the UNDP/ICAO provided technical assistance in three programs running from 1971 – 1985 in which these UN agencies supplied all training equipment including aircraft, engineering workshop equipment, training aids and project vehicles, among others. They also provided expatriate instructional staff as well as training for counterpart technical staff.
East African Airways provided the bulk of counterpart flying and engineering instructors.
According to Mr. Ronald Lodiong, the acting Director of the Academy, the institution currently operates more like a department under Ministry of Works and Transport (MoWT), headed by a director who reports to the Permanent Secretary (PS MoWT).
A non-executive management Advisory Task Force (MATF) performs the oversight function with the key mandate of steering the academy to its realization of the “Centre of Excellence” status as envisaged by the EAC.
The academy has now had 8 principals or directors since its inception. The first indigenous principal was the late H.H Henry Wako Muloki (RIP), the former Kyabazinga of Busoga.
Established with the main objective of producing indigenous aviation industry operatives that had, hitherto, been dominated by expatriates, the academy has been able to provide well trained aircraft flight and ground crew in sufficient numbers to man the regional aviation industry.
The bulk of the academy’s graduates is employed by regional airlines, air charter companies as well as private and state owned operators including Air Uganda, Kenya Airways (KQ), British Airways (BA), Precision Air, Asante Aviation, Air Link, National Police Air Wings and Air Forces and Civil Aviation Authorities (CAAs), among others.
“The Academy has, to-date, trained over 650 pilots, 280 aircraft maintenance engineers and 100 flight operation officers from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Sudan, South Africa, DR Congo, India and Germany”, says Lodiong.
East African Civil Aviation Academy,
P.O.Box 333, Soroti – Uganda
Phone: +256 (45) 446 1245
Fax: +256 (45) 446 1090