It looks like Tanzania’s new President John Pombe Magufuli (JPM) policy of ‘Hapa Kazi Tu’ (Just Work Over Here) is trickling down to the citizens. Engineers at the Mechanical and Engineering Department of the Arusha Technical College (ATC) have pulled a first one for Tanzania, making the country now visible on the world map of aviation builders.
Engineers at ATC have made a prototype helicopter model that is currently in its final stages of completion and they projecting it will officially take to the sky by 2018. It is a two-seater chopper powered by a gasoline Volkswagen flat engine board that is used in make the U.S.-based Robinson helicopters.
The Ideation of Helicopter made in Tanzania
Abdi Mjema, one of the engineers at ATC working on the helicopter said, “We are complementing President Magufuli’s industrialization policy in pioneering the first locally made helicopters that will be available to ordinary residents at affordable prices.”
The engineers are currently at 50% mark of fully completing building the helicopter. It is said they have the chassis and airframe ready and fitted it with the engine. They are waiting for the aviation regulatory …read more
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