Kenya’s national carrier Kenya Airways(KQ) has launched the first drone testing and training facility in Kenya. The facility is under the wing of the company’s subsidiary Fahari Aviation, which is set to be an industry leader in drone technologies within the region.
In a press release statement sent to the media, KQ said, “Through the construction of the Fahari Drone Cage, Fahari Aviation is positioning itself at the forefront of exploring advanced future technologies in aviation and at the same time promoting safe and secure usage of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in Kenya.”
The facility will be instrumental in ensuring the country is well-positioned to take advantage of advancements in Unmanned Aerial Systems, which are increasingly shaping air freight.
“The future of aviation is based on identifying opportunities for innovation and diversification to build a resilient business that is committed to the sustainable development of Africa,” said KQ director, Major General (Rtd) Michael Gichangi during the launch of the facility. “We have over the years proved to be a leader in aviation innovation and it is this openness to innovation that has led to the establishment of Fahari Aviation and the first drone enclosure facility here in Nairobi – the Drone Cage.”
A significant role that the Fahari Drone Cage will play will be to accelerate innovation, as well as research and development in UAS technologies. It’s also expected to enhance collaboration with corporates, universities, industries, and individuals.
At the same time, Fahari Aviation announced the launch of Fahari Drone Club, a community that brings together enthusiasts of Unmanned Aerial Systems(UAS).
Fahari’s General Manager Hawkins Musili said, “Enabling an environment that will accelerate innovation, knowledge exchange and fast track the use of unmanned aircraft within the country and beyond is critical in exploring the drone phenomenon as we seek to innovatively find solutions that address some of our societal problems and pain points.