Kenya Wildlife Service Airwing was created in 1990 to provide air support services to wildlife management.The KWS Airwing, based at Wilson Airport in Nairobi, is capable of providing an extremely diverse range of services in support of KWS's wildlife management and protection activities with its fleet of 12 light aircraft and 3 larger aircraft, including a Bell 206 helicopter. In addition to this KWS recently acquired another new 7 seater Bell 407 helicopter. The chopper is set to further enhance KWS's conservation work as well as generate more revenue for the organisation. Among the specialized skills that have been carefully nurtured in its many pilots are security and patrol flights, veterinary support services for research and translocation purposes, animal tracking game census, fire fighting, rescue (including mountain rescue) work, and transport of rations and supplies (including ammunition).
With fifty-nine parks and reserves spread over a country of 584,896 sq km, the KWS Airwing Unit is on permanent standby to fly into action anywhere in Kenya, either for routine monitoring and field trips or security operations and emergency evacuations.
The Airwing Unit has a total of 12 professional pilots .Airwing Unit operates out of Wilson Airport, Nairobi, where a maintenance facility has been established. Airwing pilots time is more devoted to national patrols
Additional field - operation centres are located in Mountain( aberdare) Central Rift, Eastern (Meru), Tsavo East, Tsavo West, Lamu & Marsabit. Each member of the Airwing Unit has to be more than just a pilot. Knowledge and understanding of Kenya's terrain and wildlife is vital to ensure that flying time, in often difficult conditions, is dedicated to the mission, which may require sensitive, low-level flying.