Soroti Airport is the training base for the Soroti Flying School, which provides training through instrument and multiengine ratings. Training aircraft are available up to a Cessna 310. The flying school has dormitories, food service, and classrooms. Telephone service is provided by Uganda Telecom Limited while the Civil Aviation Authority provides H.F Radio communication. The airfield is 2km northeast of Soroti town.
The revived East African community has since developed the academy as a centre of excellence in aviation training for the region whose awards are recognised by education regulations all over the world.
EACAA was established in September 1971 as the East Africa Civil Aviation Flying School of excellence under the Directorate of Civil Aviation (DCA) of the East African Community (EAC), with Government of Uganda, EAC and the United Nations Development Programme and the International Civil Aviation Organisation UNDP/ICAO as the main contributors.
While GoU upgraded the Soroti Airfield runway from grass surface to asphalt, EAC financed the construction of the school buildings, staff housing and navigation facilities as well as providing the administration staff and some technical personnel like counterpart instructors, Air traffic controllers and Meteorologists.
Further, the UNDP/ICAO provided technical assistance in three programs running from 1971 – 1985 in which these UN agencies supplied all training equipment including aircraft, engineering workshop equipment, training aids and project vehicles, among others. They also provided expatriate instructional staff as well as training for counterpart technical staff.
East African Airways provided the bulk of counterpart flying and engineering instructors.