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Arch. Caleb Mutali + Arch Daniel Too
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Architecture represents the symbiotic relationship between earth, man, machinery and the sky. This dissertation seeks to explore these
connections in an Aviation Training Landscape. The importance of properly designed physical facilities as an environment for the delivery
of an aviation and education program cannot be over emphasized. While excellent teaching can and does take place in inadequate physical
settings, the delivery process and related human experience both for teachers and students invariably suffers. At the same time, the
decision making process involved in producing suitable facilities for any aviation related activity has become exceedingly complex. Growing
sophistication of modern technology and state of the art of aviation systems, changing educational programs, complex administrative
structures, and difficulties in the economy and ability for institutions to fund building programs all serve to complicate any well intentioned
building development goals.
It is essential that a broad based comprehensive planning and design process be utilized if the product of any building development is to
achieve requisite facility objectives. Short term, expedient approaches to replacement of inadequate facilities invariably result in an equally
short lived solution to the problem. Even worse, they often complicate longer range development opportunities due to the absence of
an overall masterplan, and usually create a poor architectural image. The planning process must incorporate a successful integration of
client/users and planning/design professionals as well. Input and expertise from all parties involved must come together in a continuing
interaction and dialogue. The key words in an aviation training facility development endeavour are comprehensive planning and professional
interaction. Several methods of implementing these strategies have been described. These methods include Context Layout, Spatial
Design, Structure & Materials and Safety & Security.
This study will therefore seek to explore the design of Aviation Training Organisations in Kenya, Ethiopia and South Africa with a view of
drawing up guidelines for the design of future Aviation Training Organisations. The study was done by critically analysing three Aviation
Training Organisations, that is Kenya Airways Pride Centre, Ethiopian Aviation Academy and 43 Air School - Port Alfred. The results showed
that 43 Air School - Port Alfred provided better context & site layout, training facilities and safe and secure environment. It is then followed
by Ethiopia Aviation Academy and lastly Kenya Airways Pride Centre. Concluding from that, it is recommended that for an Aviation Training
Organisations to provide quality and safe training, it needs to be properly located in a safe area outside the city, vast access to open
airspace, proximity and convenient access, equipped with special facilities, away from radio waves, vast land for future expansion, have a
well organised and layouted training areas and have a favourable structure and material interface and have an appropriate and adequate
safety and security strategies.