Tanzania to Fly Africa’s First Locally Made Helicopter

You may soon be flying in a Tanzanian made chopper, thanks to Arusha Technical College, department of Mechanical and Engineering who initiated the local ambitious program to build affordable choppers.

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The Tanzanian made two seater prototype helicopter is said to be in its final stages of production and could start flying trials once the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority grants its permission.

“We are complementing President Magufuli’s industrialisation policy in pioneering the first locally made helicopters that will be available to ordinary residents at affordable prices.” explained the man behind the ATC chopper project, Engineer Abdi Mjema

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According to reports Daily news which first broke the news, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Ms Maimuna Tarishi, who toured the project over the seemed surprised at the development and wanted to know when exactly the chopper will hit the skies.

The idea to locally produce choppers was conceived two months ago by Engineers Adisai Msongole and Abdi Mjema both from the Arusha Technical College which estimates that it could produce upwards of 20 choppers annually.

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This is not the first time we’re hearing of local ambitions to build helicopters, or aeroplanes. In 2011, A Kenyan man who used engineering information from the internet and some books on engineering to build his own aircraft. Mr. Gabriel Nderitu, an engineer by profession assembled the aircraft himself and was making a sixth attempt to get it off the ground in June 2015.

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