Kenya Police Air Wing dissolved, merged into new department


The Kenya Police Air Wing has been dissolved, incorporated into the Kenya Air Force, and subsequently become part of a new National Air Support Department (NASD).

The Department is a multi-agency unit that falls under the Ministry of Defence and is charged with coordinating Kenya’s national air response services.

The Department was inaugurated by President Uhuru Kenyatta on 17 December 2020.

The NASD has a fleet of 36 aircraft and incorporates the National Police Air Wing, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (KETRACO) and the Kenya Forest Service (KFS), among others.

Speaking to NASD staff at its Wilson Airport headquarters last month, the President said the entity, which brings together all Government air assets, will enhance efficiency in the delivery of aviation services.

“The National Air Support Department is a multi-agency approach to service delivery that we, as a Government have adopted.

“This reform initiative was necessitated by the compelling need to foster effectiveness in the management of the national aviation assets; with a view to optimize on safety, efficiency and improved availability of aircraft,” the President said.

“The capabilities and wealth of experience within National Air Support Department will not only benefit Government, but, by providing aircraft and equipment maintenance services to private sector aircraft operators, NASD will promote aviation safety and reliability across Kenya and the region; with the added benefit of generating revenue to supplement public funding,” President Kenyatta said.

The Head of State regretted that in the past, lack of proper maintenance of aviation equipment within the National civilian air fleet had brought tragedies to the nation claiming lives of citizens including those of prominent leaders.

He said that it was due to such challenges that the Government decided to adopt a coordinated approach in the management of the country’s aviation assets.

“In the past, utilization of national air assets, has been managed in an uncoordinated manner, leading to: inefficient training, un-optimal utilization and maintenance of air assets and air related facilities.

“Indeed, the result of this approach has been poor manning, and state of aircraft serviceability in each of the individual government departments. In some cases, departments had more air assets, with less manpower; while others had more manpower; with fewer assets; and others had very low serviceability rates,” the President said.