Fahari Aviation, a subsidiary of Kenya’s national carrier, Kenya Airways (KQ), on Friday launched the first drone enclosure facility in Kenya and the East African region.

The facility, which has been dubbed the Fahari Drone Cage, will be used to offer training and testing of drones and drone equipment.

Via the Fahari Drone Cage, Fahari Aviation seeks to explore advanced future technologies in aviation and promote safe and secure use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in Kenya.

Fahari Aviation will launch and implement future aviation technologies and is part of KQ’s airline’s strategy to contribute to the sustainable development of Africa by championing new dimensions in the industry using drones and unmanned aircraft.

“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. 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,” said Major General (Rtd) Michael Gichangi.

He added, “Through the Drone Cage, we hope to see enhanced innovation, research, and development of UAS technology in our communities through interactive work across partners, corporates, universities, industries, and individuals.”

Fahari Aviation also launched the Fahari Drone Club, a community for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) enthusiasts offering members a platform to connect and share best practices.

“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. The drone cage will provide a safe environment for practice and training while the Drone club will provide a platform for the drone enthusiasts to grow the UAS industry in Kenya and the region,” said Fahari Aviation General Manager Hawkins Musili.

He added, “UAS are creating new opportunities for individuals and enterprises; as the one of the most experienced aviators within the region, having a community of drone enthusiasts builds a strong foundation for us and like-minded people who want to bring out their ideas through UAS for the sustainable development of the region.”