Frequently Asked Questions
1. What distinguishes Ninety Nines from other flight training schools?
(a) Ninety Nines has a well structured Ground School which has scheduled intakes. We believe that it all starts from the ground. By equipping our students with a comprehensive theory background, we are sure that our students excel wholesomely in knowledge and practical flying.
(b) Ninety Nines is proud to have Senior Flying Instructors who are former Kenya Air force pilots. They have brought into the institution the discipline that comes with being in military service and a lot of wealth in form of experience. These traits have been passed on to other flying instructors who have been trained under their guidance.
(c) At Ninety Nines, we have the interest of our clients at heart, our staff are friendly and cordial. We seek to provide solutions in order for our students to achieve their individual goals.
(d) At Ninety Nines, safety comes first and we ensure that our aircraft are well maintained and our Standard Operating Procedure is well adhered to.
(e) Ninety Nines has 10 Aircraft fully dedicated to its training. We also have two simulators a Redbird TD2 and full motion simulator, the Redbird FMX. Ninety Nines also has 13 Full time Flying Instructors and 9 Full time Ground Instructors. This therefore means that the institution has the capacity to fully accommodate the training needs of all its students.
2. What are the job prospects up to completion of PPL? CPL? How long does it take before a student can get a job?
• A Private Pilot’s Licence cannot guarantee one a job, one can only fly for leisure activity such as sightseeing and flying a friend or family member to a picnic site for lunch.
• Legally with a Commercial Pilot’s Licence, one is allowed to work as a commercial pilot. However, the employers in today’s industry require one to have acquired a Multi Engine and Instrument Rating. With this rating endorsed, one becomes more marketable and he/she is able to secure placings in various airlines and aviation companies. Look out for a list of Commercial Aviation employers in Kenya which we shall put up on our website soon.
• A pilot who satisfies all requirements to join a commercial aviation company usually should get placement into a job within 6 months of completing training. However, Aviation is a very security sensitive industry and business is reliant on the security status of the country. During terror attacks experienced in 2014, the Industry suffered a huge blow as most companies were performing at 50% of their capacity meaning that there were no jobs on offer at the time.
3. Where are our students employed after completion of their studies? Do we have former students working in the major airlines?
Our Alumni are working currently working in various companies within Kenya and Africa. We have a good number in the country’s national carrier – Kenya Airways. Watch out for the Alumni page on our website to view profiles of our former students.
4. When was the school established? Who are its owners/directors?
Ninety Nines has a long history with its origin in the United States of America where a group of 99 women who were pilots joined to form the Ninety Nines Flying Club. Ninety Nines, East Africa section was born when one of the members from the Ninety Nines USA, Denise Morchand, decided to relocate to East Africa, specifically Nairobi, Kenya in 1975. Ninety Nines, East Africa existed as a social members only Aviation Club. Club activities included training the Private Pilot’s Licence and self hiring of aircraft. In 1998, Denise Morchand decided to go back to her home country and sold off the club to its current management. The organization continues to hold on to the Ninety Nines mantle but has since concentrated fully on training of flying enthusiasts from the PPL training through to the CPL and MEIR training. The Management profiles are given on the The Team page on our website.
5. Do we offer job attachments / assist students to get jobs after their studies?
Usually after completing training, a Pilot gets absorbed directly into the job market without going through any attachment. Ninety Nines gives guidance to its students as to where to seek for employment after completing their training. Ninety Nines also employs its own students after completion of their training to work as instructors.
6. What is our safety record? How safe are our aircraft?
Safety is at the core of our training. We ensure that our aircraft are maintained to the highest of standards and in line with the set Civil Aviation Regulations. We have a team of 8 Aircraft Maintenance personnel headed by two senior Aircraft Maintenance Engineers who have a wealth of experience in dealing with training aircraft. We are glad to report that we have been accident free for more than 3 years now and previously recorded minor accidents which occurred on ground on the taxiways.
7. Do we have accommodation facilities?
Ninety Nines does not provide accommodation. However we may avail on request a list of hostels which are located within the vicinity (walking distance) of the Wilson Airport, where we are based.