In Tanzania, the first-ever chopper made by Tanzanians is in its final works, there are also plans laid out for the helicopter to hit the air soon.
The chopper is a two-seater and is currently undergoing its final touches at the Mechanical and Engineering Department of the Arusha Technical College.
“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,” explained the man behind the ATC chopper project, Engineer Abdi Mjema.
So many have taken an interest in the ATC chopper project although the department has other technology prototypes waiting to be finalized.
Ms Maimuna Tarishi, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology was also impressed by the project when she visited.
Although no date has been set yet for the chopper to be tested, Mjema is assured it will hit the skies before 2020, probably by 2018.
“We are contacting the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) for the permission to fly the chopper for trials,” said Engineer Mjema.
“The Tanzania-made helicopters will fly before 2020 — and specifically 2018, which is two years from now,”
The masterminds behind the helicopter are Engineer Abdi Mjema and Engineer Adisai Msongole who now serves as bursar at ATC.
Mjema added that he and Msongole had previously planned to use the chopper in agriculture, however that plan changed and it will now be made for commercial use.
“We had initially intended the two-seater helicopter to be used for surveillance, rescue and agricultural purposes. However, as the project takes shape, we may increase the airframes to carry more people for serious transportation,” he said.