News broke yesterday afternoon that an aero club was recertified after months of working to get their Air Operator’s Certificate back in good standing. This issue has been a bone of contention for quite a long time in Kampala.
Fly Uganda Aero Club has been recertified and given their Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) back. The Kampala Aero Club is the first of the remaining companies still in business among the Ugandan aviation fraternity, after first Asante Aviation and then Air Uganda bowed out of the race, the latter after completing four of the five stages of re-certification before throwing in the towel after their entire route network was given away by the same UCAA staff who were responsible for pulling their AOC in the first place exactly five months ago.
“In a civilized regulatory environment, and regional regulators have privately agreed to this, would the UCAA have given temporary AOCs until the process of re-certification under new rules was completed. However, they chose to cover their a**** to avoid being cited by ICAO, and no amount of misleading the public by their mouthpieces can make that fact go away. I admire the Aero Club boys to have spent all that money and effort to be recertified when they had not broken one rule, had not one safety infringement, and were plain and simple victims of a regulatory regime gone bonkers and rogue.
“These guys in Entebbe should be ashamed, but the problem is they have and know no shame at all. They still parade around like peacocks while the entire community of aviators waits for them to be sacked or prosecuted for the bad they did or sued for millions of dollars from their private pockets. This saga must have been the worst in aviation history ever, and knowing their yap yaps, I already now tell them to shut up and be quiet,” ranted a regular source who worked in the aviation industry before being laid off as a result of the unprecedented action by the UCAA on June 17.
Kampala Aeroclub and Flight Training Centre (KAFT)C issued the following media release yesterday afternoon, between the lines also leaving not one shred of doubt whom they hold responsible, and hopefully liable in court now that their ordeal at last is over
There has been no word as yet about other companies which suffered the same fate at the hand of the regulators who perceive themselves as jury, prosecutor, judge and executioner without any right of appeal, and another source late yesterday said: “If they think it will be business as usual they are very mistaken. We will be civil, of course, but they should not one moment think this will ever be forgotten or forgiven. To cover up their own failures they put the entire aviation industry out of international and regional business for nearly half a year. The responsible individuals are known, and if heaven would strike them down tonight, it would not be a moment too soon.”